By Viktoria Yordanova
More than 20,000 pharmacists and physiotherapists will take over GP appointments in a bid to cut NHS waiting lists.
The changes aim to free up doctors to treat more patients with serious conditions, as the new staff will take responsibility of some of the 300 million GP bookings made each year. The five-year NHS plan was agreed with the British Medical Association. Continue reading
essexjournalism.com spoke to students, workers and visitors on the University of Essex campus
Steve Winn, 49, security guard
Steve Winn, 49, a member of the university security staff, said: “I will continue to support the Conservatives locally as they’ve done a pretty good job so far. I don’t think young people are interested in the local elections because they don’t know what’s happening locally to them.” Continue reading
Hope Woolston explains what will happen when Essex elects its new county council next month
Every four years, county councils have local elections to decide who will represent each area – known as “divisions”. The people of Essex have their chance to vote on 4 May. Continue reading
By Tom Larsen-Wright
University students across the country are being urged to boycott the National Students Survey.
The university survey, which is filled out by final year undergraduates every year, will decide whether universities can raise their tuition fees for the next academic year. The increased fees would start at a maximum of £9,500 a year, and could rise by an estimated 3-4 per cent per year. Continue reading
Essex Belongs To Us front and back cover
By William Mailes
A book based upon tales, places and attractions from around Essex has been released during this month’s Essex Book festival.
The Essex Book Festival attracts thousands of people from across the county and beyond over the month of March, and aims to unite the county through a love of reading and story-telling.