Drinks tax does little for Dr Corinda Pepper…

St Helena’s councillors are sharing the pain when it comes to tax on alcohol. “Everyone enjoys a good beer or a glass or wine and I declare my interest,” the Hon Brian Isaac told LegCo. “Saints are known to enjoy socialising. If we put such commodities out of the range of Saints they will turn […]

Flights: chief sec admits doubts over medical care and crime

St Helena’s chief secretary has admitted to concerns about notorious crime at the airport that is to be the island’s link with the rest of the world – and about the future of medical referrals to Cape Town. But Roy Burke could offer little response to an accusation of a “shameful” betrayal of Saints working […]

Don’t cast aside ‘family’ of carers in Cape Town, officials urged

Officials have been urged to continue sending medical patients for treatment in Cape Town when the island’s ship is replaced with flights into Johannesburg. Legislative councillors heard that the “family” of people who support Saint patients in South Africa must not be cast aside. “The electorate is really concerned about the likelihood of medical referral […]

Saints get free calls to UK helpline – thanks to SURE

A confidential telephone support line for people in distress on St Helena has been set up in partnership with the UK’s Samaritans charity. The calls will go straight through to trained counsellors in Britain. SURE St Helena has agreed to cover all the costs of the calls, in a deal organised by St Helena Government […]

Infants and old at risk as virus spreads through island

Large numbers of sick children on St Helena are reported to have been infected with a virus that can be serious for infants and old people. Many of those turning up at the hospital in Jamestown with the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have come from the same creches or other busy environments. In the United […]

United Nations cash provides a refuge from violence

A new refuge is to be set up for domestic abuse victims on St Helena, thanks to a windfall from the United Nations. A building from the government’s housing stock is to be used to provide a place of safety for victims and, if needed, their children. Its location will not be made public. Executive […]

Medics perform St Helena’s first heart op

Medics on St Helena have saved a patient’s life by performing the island’s first-ever heart surgery, reports St Helena Government.  It was carried out in at the hospital Jamestown by Senior Medical Officer Dr Attila Frigyesi and Surgeon Dr Carlos Soto on Friday 16 January 2015, assisted by the theatre nurses. The emergency surgery was […]

St Helena shows UK the way with fizzy drinks tax

St Helena appears to be showing Britain the way to tackle obesity, by introducing a sugar tax. A levy on high-sugar drinks was announced in the island’s budget in the very month that England’s chief medical officer warned that the British government might have to consider such a measure. But Dame Sally Davies said she […]