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Ultra Low Emission Zone could have 'damaging consequences' for small businesses

A new Ultra Low Emission Zone in London could do more harm than good- according to the London Region of The Federation of Small Businesses. It's concerned that some heavy diesel vehicles could end up paying three charges a day- and is calling for a new and improved scheme to replace the Congestion Charge, Low Emission- and the proposed Ultra Emission Zone.

Concerns over Ultra Low Emission Zone

Sue Terpilowski OBE, London Policy Chair, Federation of Small Businesses, said:

" Congestion in London damages the competitiveness of businesses in the city and the FSB supports a demand based approach in the capital, however, fairness is critical to small businesses who need to compete with their larger counterparts. It is our opinion that these blunt instruments have disproportionate impacts on smaller businesses and that TfL and The Mayor of London should act now before more small businesses are priced out of London."

Proposed zone aims to improve London's air quality

The new zone- proposed for 2020- intends to improve air quality in the capital and remove from the roads vehicles which contribute disproportionately to air pollution. The public consultation for the zone closes on Friday.

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Londoners' lack of knowledge of calorie consumption

Two thirds of Londoners lack calorie consumption knowledge Credit: PA

Almost two thirds of Londoners do now know how many calories the average person needs to maintain a healthy weight. That's according to research commissioned by Diabetes UK, The British Heart Foundation and Tesco.

Only thirty seven per cent knew that the average man needs to consume 2,500 calories per day.

Over the next three years, the two charities and the supermarket aim to raise £30 million, to be spent on a series of initiatives that will help people better understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Royal Free Hospital: 'No Ebola danger to patients'

The Royal Free Hospital has said that there is "no danger to patients" while it is treating a nurse for Ebola.

The Royal Free London is currently treating a patient for the Ebola Virus in a high level isolation unit. There is no danger to patients or staff during this time.

The Royal Free Hospital is open for business as usual, with in-patient, out-patient and emergency care continuing as normal.

– Royal Free Hospital statement

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Chase Farm Urgent Care Centre hours extended

An Urgent Care Centre at Chase Farm Hospital will have extended opening times, the NHS has said.

From January 5 the unit will be open from 8am to 10pm every day. NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group have said the move would be reviewed in summer and no services will be cut in order to fund the extended hours.

Dr Mo Abedi, a local GP and Chair of NHS Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group has said the decision was made to ensure "local people continue to receive the right care at the right time and in the right place.”

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There is currently a 24 hour out-of-hours GP service at Chase Farm Hospital, which the Clinical Commissioning Group say has low usage. It is estimated that around 1,900 patients will access the service during the extended hours over the first six months.

Ebola nurse being treated with 'experimental drug'

The nurse who is at the Royal Free in Hampstead after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone has agreed to be treated with an experimental drug, her doctor said today.

Pauline Cafferkey is receiving specialist treatment via a quarantine tent after initially flying home from Heathrow to Glasgow.

Pauline Cafferkey was volunteering in Sierra Leone when she caught the disease Credit: PA

Dr Michael Jacobs said Ms Cafferkey was being treated with convalescent plasma taken from the blood of a recovered patient and an experimental anti-viral drug which is "not proven to work".

She is sitting up and talking. She is able to read. She's been eating a bit, drinking and she's been in communication with her family, which has been really nice.

She's as well as we can hope for at this stage of the illness.

She's had the treatment, it's gone very smoothly, no side-effects at all.

– Dr Michael Jacobs

Health chief tries to calm Ebola fears at Royal Free

The Government's Chief Medical Officer has said that there is no need for other patients being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead to worry about catching Ebola.

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said other patients at the Royal Free are "safe"

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey was flown to the hospital from Glasgow after catching Ebola in Sierra Leone, and is being treated in an isolation unit.

This patient is in a world-class centre where they know what they're doing. She is being nursed in what we call a Trexler - one of those special plastic tents - by specially trained staff who know what they're doing, and they're not looking after other patients in the hospital.

The hospital is a safe environment for all the patients and their relatives.

– Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer
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Ebola nurse 'had no symptoms' before boarding flight

The Government's chief medical officer has insisted the temperature of the nurse being treated for Ebola was checked before she boarded a flight from Heathrow to Glasgow.

Dame Sally Davies told Good Morning Britain that Pauline Cafferkey "was well" at the airport.

"She had no symptoms - her temperature was within the acceptable range. She would not be transmitting the virus, therefore she was cleared as fit to fly," Dame Sally said.

"Clearly queuing and things like that are unacceptable and we will review, but we will let people who are well travel because they will not infect the public," she added.

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