Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) need volunteers to help with a mass mystery shop of GP surgeries in England. In recent years, FFT has exposed that GP surgeries routinely broke NHS guidelines by refusing to register a nomadic, Romany or Traveller patient, both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.
By mid-February 2021 the Government aimed to have all over-70s and people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable given their first of two vaccinations against Covid-19, but told people they should wait to be invited for their appointment. Now, the NHS wants anyone over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable who has not had their first jab to contact them to get vaccinated.
The invitations to attend Coronavirus vaccination appointments for priority groups, which will include everyone over the age of 50, are being generated from the patient records held by doctors’ surgeries. Liveaboard boaters who are not registered with a GP may find that they are not contacted by the NHS with an invitation to have the Covid-19 vaccination.
Professor Richard Yarwood (Plymouth University) and Dr Agatha Herman (Cardiff University) are carrying out research into Canal boat dwelling: Homes, Welfare and Mobile Citizenship on Britain’s Canals. They are particularly interested in issues around homes, families, welfare and citizenship and they would love to hear your stories as these will help them better understand the benefits and challenges you experience.
Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT) are carrying out a health survey of liveaboard boaters as part of their campaign to end discrimination in health services. This is the first nationwide health survey of the liveaboard boating community.
You can complete the survey online here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VKWCVHY
Or you can get a paper copy from Sam Worrall, FFT, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XG. Tel 01273 234777 or 07425 419869 or see www.gypsy-traveller.org
Wiltshire Council’s plans to develop land at Devizes Wharf will affect boaters. Plans for a footpath between Lock 50 and the Wharf Theatre could reduce mooring space and adversely impact all boaters. Please attend the Devizes Area Board meeting on 18th September and make your concerns known.