Mon, September 13th, 2018
Monday 8.30pm – 9pm, BBC1.
Over 55000 non-urgent operations were cancelled in 2017 due to a lack of NHS staff being available. The pressures on the service regularly appear in the media with little let up on applying the blame game firmly at the governments feet. A shocking study in 2012 by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine determined approximately 1000 patients died needlessly due to basic medical errors by doctors.
Mon, September 6th, 2018
Monday 8pm – 8.30pm, Channel 4.
It’s been hot, very hot. Temperatures in Britain have been exceeding 30’c regularly through June and July and August is forecast to follow suit. The high pressure weather fronts over Europe have brought extreme heat and it’s all down the to the Jetstream. Located 5-7 miles above the earth’s surface these strong blowing east to west have moved, creating the high pressure. The bookies are offering very short odds and believe the temperature in the UK may even top 38’c.
Mon, August 30th, 2018
Wednesday 10.30pm – 11.30pm, Channel 4
The United Nations was famously set up in 1945 with the sole aim of preventing another conflict like the word had just seen. An intergovernmental organisation it was tasked to promote international cooperation and to create and maintain international order. A total of 51 nations were member states at the signing of the first charter, there are now 193.
Mon, August 23rd, 2018
Thursday 9pm – 10pm, BBC2
An astonishing and sad statistic presented by the NHS reveals that 80% of parents who are presented with the fact their baby has spina bifida during the 20 week scan choose to terminate that pregnancy. Spina bifida, believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, is a birth defect that occurs at 4 weeks after fertilisation when there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. The defect leads to difficulty with bladder and bowel control, reduced walking mobility, tethered spinal cord, hydrocephalus and even a latex allergy. 1 in 1000 births in the UK features a form of spina bifida and a surprising number of cases occur when a mother fails to follow simple folic acid care instructions from medical professionals.
Mon, August 16th, 2018
Wednesday 9pm – 10pm, BBC1
The gig economy is booming, this is an employment model where people take short-term or freelance jobs instead of permanent contracts. This model is particularly popular with couriers, food delivery workers and taxi drivers. A study by the Citizens Advice Bureau estimates there are over 4.8 million self employed workers in the UK, many of which operate in the gig economy. There are also 1.8 million people working in the zero-hours contract area, a notoriously unreliable source of income.