NHS London's ‘hour of need': how a ‘civilian army’ is rising up to help

London’s National Health Service has reached its “hour of need”. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has issued an appeal to businesses and organisations across the capital to lend vehicles, hotel rooms, and spare medical equipment. The NHS is under pressure for beds and staffing and people are starting to help. The London Fire brigade have offered staff as ambulance drivers and thousands of people have signed up to be NHS volunteers. Even 5* hotels such as Claridge’s are offering their beds and hot meals to doctors, nurses and other key workers. The Evening Standard's political editor Joe Murphy speaks to The Leader podcast on how vital it is that more of us provide support to those who ceaselessly care for us.

UK pollution has fallen to its lowest levels during the coronavirus lockdown. The public are driving less, public transport services and commercial flights have either been reduced or cancelled. Data from the London Air Quality Network, run by Kings College, compared the current pollution levels with the average.  The Leader podcast speak to Simon Birkett, founder of Clean Air London, to find out how much of a difference there is and what the long term impact might be.


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