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Thousands sign petition to stop Lincs hospital services downgrade

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for services at a Lincolnshire hospital not to be downgraded.

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Campaigners say plans to shift maternity services from Boston's Pilgrim Hospital to Lincoln - and downgrade the Accident and Emergency unit will put lives at risk.

More than three thousand people have now signed a petition hoping for the matter to be discussed in parliament.

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Snooker promoter visits Sheffield hospice

Bluebell Wood Hospice's famous benefactor Barry Hearn will pay a visit there today.

Barry Hearn has firged a relationship with Bluebell Wood Hospice

The head of World Snooker has encouraged a partnership between the World Snooker Championships - taking place in Sheffield at the moment - and the charity.

Proceeds from collections at the competition will go to the city's hospice.

Junior doctors begin two-day strike

Junior doctors in the region began a two-day walkout earlier today, joining colleagues across the country in an unprecedented strike.

It is the first time they have failed to provide emergency care.

It meant thousands of operations were cancelled, with senior staff stepping in to provide critical care. Sally Simpson reports.

Click below to watch Sally Simpson's report

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Junior doctors justify taking unprecedented stance

Striking junior doctors are coming to the end of the first of a two-day walk out, in a dispute with the Government over new contracts. These junior doctors on the picket lines at both Leeds General Infirmary and Hull Royal Infirmary explain why they have taken the unprecedented stance.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the junior doctors are being offered a 'very fair deal'.

Junior doctors on the picket line

Junior doctors are staging picket lines at hospitals across the region as they begin their first-ever all out strike. The walk-out began at 8am and by 8.30 more than 100 NHS staff had gathered outside Jubilee Wing at the LGI in support of the walk-out. The action will continue until 5pm.

Striking doctors at Leeds General Infirmary
Striking until 5pm today
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BMA chief defends junior doctors' strike action

The head of the BMA has defended the decision for junior doctors to go ahead with a two-day strike over the imposition of a new contract, saying the government "utterly refuses to listen to the concerns of junior doctors".

Dr Mark Porter said as long as the government planned to impose the disputed contract, "industrial action will have to be mounted".

He also reiterated that there will be a full emergency service in place while strike action takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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