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Train cleaners to stage pay strike

Train cleaners to stage pay strike.
Train cleaners to stage pay strike.

Cleaners working on the East Coast line, running through Stevenage and Peterborough, are to stage a fresh strike in a row over pay, but action in a separate dispute over jobs has been suspended.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said cleaning staff employed by contractor ISS on the East Coast line will walk out for two days from Friday over pay.

Acting general secretary Mick Cash said ISS cleaners had not received a pay rise since 2011.

A planned 48 hour walkout from Friday by cleaners working on Interserve contracts for the Eurostar, over jobs, was called off after new proposals were put forward.

Thousands of families in the East of England are living in huge debt

More than 130,000 families in the East of England are in problem debt, owing over £240 million in bills and loans.
More than 130,000 families in the East of England are in problem debt, owing over £240 million in bills and loans. Credit: PA Images

A study by The Children's Society has revealed that hundreds of thousands of children in the East of England are living in families crippled with debt, and it's having a massive impact on their lives.

The Children's Society and StepChange Debt say children in families which are failing to keep up with bill and loan repayments miss out on essentials, suffer from anxiety, and many experience bullying as a result of their family's problems.

  • In total, more than 130,000 families in the East of England are in problem debt, owing over £240 million in bills and loans.
  • Norfolk has the biggest number, with 45,346 families across the county struggling to keep up with repayments.
  • In Clacton in Essex and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, 30% of all families are affected.

Russell Hookey spoke to Dr Sam Royston from The Children's Society, and began by asking him, why is this happening?

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Cancer patient attacks health watchdog decision

Kim Mawby
Kim Mawby has been using Kadcyla Credit: ITV News Anglia

A cancer patient from Essex has attacked a decision not to fund a new life-prolonging drug on the NHS - because it's too expensive.

Kim Mawby was told she only had six months to live three years ago when she discovered her breast cancer had spread. After being taken onto a trial for Kadcyla, she saw amazing results.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence or NICE hasannounced it would not fund the drug.

"Miracle" drug which costs too much

Kim Mawby
Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother from Essex whose life has been extended thanks to a new cancer drug has criticised the news it's to be blocked by a health watchdog.

Kim Mawby from Nazeing in Essex was told three years ago she had 6 months to live. Her breast cancer had spread to the chest wall and lung.

The mum of two was accepted onto a trial for the drug Kadcyla. After just nine weeks on the medication she went for a scan at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

"We went up there with my partner and sister, we were all quite nervous and she said to me the results are more than fantastic, they're brilliant, the cancer we can't see it. That was after three treatments of Kadcyla, the cancer in the chest wall and the lung, they couldn't see anymore. Three years on it's been the same result so it's been working wonderfully for me."

– Kim Mawby

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has announced it would not supply the drug on the NHS because £90,000 per patient per year, it is too expensive.

Kadcyla's manufacturer Roche says it's already reduced the price and other European countries have no problem funding it.

"Despite Roche offering a significant discount we are once again disappointed that NICE has not shown any flexibility on access to Kadcyla... Refusing patients access to this drug is an incredible injustice and tantamount to turning the clock back in cancer research and development."

– Dr Jayson Dalla, Roche Products Ltd

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