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Exams 'won't be affected' by university strikes

University of Cumbria. Credit: ITV Border

Strikes by staff at the University of Cumbria will cause disruption tomorrow, but will not affect exams, according to the university.

The forthcoming strike action proposed by UCU is part of a national dispute.

The University of Cumbria has discussed the matter constructively with UCU locally, and all parties are committed to handling the action and any associated impact in a responsible and sensible way.

The industrial action could potentially cause some disruption to formal teaching but submission of coursework and assignments as well as examinations will not be affected. The university is making every effort to mitigate any impact on students.

– A spokesperson for the university

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Sturgeon urges renegotiations of junior doctors contract

Nicola Sturgeon has penned her response to the junior doctors contract in an open letter to David Cameron.

It highlights that The Royal Collages based in Scotland are concerned that the decision to impose the junior doctor contract risks the retention of world-class medical workforce throughout the UK.

The letter ends with a plea to Cameron, to reconsider the current position and return to negotiations with the BMA.

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BMA chair: Hunt must put patient care before politics

9.50am: The Health Secretary must put patient care before political dogma, the chairman of the British Medical Association said.

In a video posted online, Mark Porter said this was needed for the long-term future of the NHS and the future of junior doctors.

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Unions: Junior doctors are not responsible for deaths

Junior doctors strike in Bristol. Credit: PA

Union leaders have said junior doctors will not be held responsible for any deaths as as a result of today's all-out strike.

A letter on the British Medical Association website says it is down to employers to ensure patient safety and not individual medics.

Thousands of junior doctors have staged a two-day walkout starting from 8am and 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Hunt: 'No union has right to blackmail government'

Health secretary has denied stopping strike action by junior doctors is "in his hands", accusing the British Medical Association of trying to "blackmail" the government.

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Jeremy Hunt asked on BBC Breakfast: "Is it proportionate, or appropriate to withdraw emergency care?"

The Health Secretary said: "It was the first page of our manifesto that we'd have a seven-day NHS.

"I don't think any union has the right to blackmail the Government, to force the Government to abandon a manifesto promise that the British people have voted on."

Junior doctors strike not expected to affect Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Credit: ITV Border

Hospital managers in Dumfries and Galloway are not expecting the junior doctors' strike in England to impact on services in the south of Scotland.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway say they do not expect any overspill of patients from Cumbria, where around 80 appointments have been cancelled.

Junior doctors set to strike in Cumbria

Junior doctors are carrying out their first all-out strike. Credit: PA

Junior doctors in Cumbria are taking part in two days of strike action from 8am this morning.

It's part of a national dispute over pay and conditions, and the imposition of a new contract.

Hospital management in North and West Cumbria say no operations have been cancelled but more than eighty outpatient appointments have been postponed.

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