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NHS workers say they're worse off than in 2010

Health workers from across our region have been taking part in a four hour strike as part of an ongoing dispute with the Government over pay.

Many NHS staff including ambulance crews and midwive at the top of their pay bands, say they haven't had a pay rise in five years and are now far worse off in real terms than they were in 2010.

Staff on strike outside Addenbrookes Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

In a statement though the Department of Health told us no-one would see their pay frozen.

"The 55% of NHS staff not receiving a 1% increase will get an incremental increase - the average incremental increase is 3% and the highest is 6%. The remaining 45% of staff will get a 1% increase this year and a 2% increase next year."

– Department of Health

Man dies in collision between car and cycle

Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has died after a collision between a car and a cycle in Southend.

Officers were called to London Road shortly after 9am (Monday 24th Nov) where the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The westbound carriageway of London Road has been closed between Queensway, near Sainsbury's and the Cricketers pub and is likely to remain shut for several hours while investigations continue.

The eastbound carriageway remains open but motorists are advised to use alternative westbound routes until further notice.

Two teenagers charged with murder

Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a man in Southend.

A 16-year-old boy from Thurrock and a 17-year-old boy from Basildon will appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today, Monday, November 24th.

They're charged with murdering 24-year-old Anton Levine from Dagenham who died at a property in St Ann’s Road on Wednesday, November 19th.

A post mortem examination showed that Mr Levine died as a result of a stab wound. Another man, also aged 24, was also stabbed. He remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information about a group of men running through Swanage Road in Southend at about 10.30pm on November 19th to contact them.

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More than 40 flood warnings and alerts still force in the Anglia region

Location of flood warnings (red) and flood alerts (orange) at 7am on Monday Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency still had 15 flood warnings and 27 of the lower level flood alerts in place early on Monday morning after a weekend of heavy rain.

More than a fortnight's worth of rain fell in a day on Sunday in some parts of the Anglia region. It ran off already saturated ground and into swollen rivers.

It's expect that water levels will begin to fall during Monday as a mainly dry and sunny day is forecast.

Temperatures fell below freezing in the early hours of Monday in some parts of the Anglia region.

Send your images of any flooding in your part of the region to angliaweather@itv.com

More misery for Greater Anglia passengers as broken down freight train causes disruption

It looks like being another frustrating morning for Greater Anglia passengers. Credit: PA

It looks like being another frustrating morning for Greater Anglia passengers.

There's disruption on trains between Colchester and London Liverpool Street due to a broken down freight train at Kelvedon.

The train is now on the move again, but Greater Anglia say that the problems could continue until at least 10am.

Fund wants your ideas for its cash

A funding programme for local groups and organisations wants people to apply with ideas for community projects.

The People's Health Trust has launched the Active Communities Programme, giving grants from £5000 to £25,000. Projects should be small, for example between a few villages or a group of streets.

For more information click here.

Previous ideas the organisation has funded include:

  • Mediation service run by tenants on a housing estate
  • Women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women
  • Computer skills support group run for and by older people
  • Support for local people to become community organisers
  • Setting up a green space in urban areas

Ambulance service warns of disruption due to strike

Staff on strike in Ipswich in October Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) says there could be disruption to 999 responses today as health workers go on strike in a continued row over pay.

In October thousands walked out over the Government's decision not to accept a recommended 1 per cent pay rise for all NHS staff. Today midwives, paramedics and hospital porters will be among those taking part in four hours of national action, from 7am to 11am.

The EEAST says it does not know how many staff will take part, but that it has been working with the unions to make sure that those who need an emergency ambulance get the service they need.

"A considerable amount of contingency planning has taken place in preparation for this strike. We have been working closely with our union colleagues to ensure that those who need an emergency ambulance response get one...

"As always we are urging the public to think about using alternative services especially during the hours of strike action. "If you need medical help but it is not an emergency, consider your options, such as calling 111, contacting your GP or visiting your local pharmacist. This will help keep ambulances available to those in the greatest need."

– Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer for Resilience and Specialist Operations
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