People's History

A history of Bristol’s healthcare for the working classes

It's a myth that there was little or no access to free medical care before the establishment of the NHS in 1948 – but progress was slow, unequal and sometimes grisly.

Social care crisis leaves healthy patients stuck in Bristol’s hospitals

Bristol midwife: ‘The system is broken and is breaking us with it’

Coronavirus in Bristol

‘My operations were cancelled because of Covid. I’m still waiting in pain.’

Russell Pugh is one of many frustrated patients whose surgeries have been pushed down the queue since the pandemic began.

Coronavirus in Bristol

Revealed: How Southmead Hospital is coping with Covid-19

Coronavirus in Bristol

Bristol ‘highly likely’ to see Tier 2 Covid restrictions soon, with local NHS now under ‘extreme pressure’

Covid-19 brings difficult times for Trans people in Bristol as government expected to ditch reforms

Accessing trans healthcare was already a difficult and lengthy process and during the pandemic, it’s virtually ground to a halt. It comes as the government is expected to announce it has ditched plans to allow trans people to self-identify.

How Bristolians making DIY coronavirus protective equipment are propping up the city’s supply

A volunteer army is producing equipment to keep frontline staff at Southmead Hospital safe. Jess Connett investigates why their efforts are needed.

Bristol’s NHS trusts scaling up critical care capacity while hospital admissions remain stable

Internal emails said one of Bristol’s hospital trusts had planned to triple capacity, but local NHS bosses have declined to reveal more detail on their preparations.

This NHS worker is facing eviction, as Bristol rallies to help coronavirus heroes

A Bristol NHS trust is paying to put up frontline workers in hotels so they can self-isolate, while communities offer their support.

“Privatising non-emergency ambulance services is bad for patients”

Across the south west, patient transport services have been transferred to private firms. But, a former NHS employee argues, the process has raised serious questions about their ability to do the job – and about wider fragmentation of our health system.

Private dentistry boss bankrolls Tory MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke

Election candidate Jack Lopresti is a recipient of cash from a major private dentistry firm.