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Unions accuse Government of lies as NHS staff strike

Dave Prentis Credit: PA Wire

Unions have accused the Government of lying over NHS pay as health workers across the country take to the picket lines.

The Government said it had put forward plans to guarantee all staff would get at least 1% this year and next, but they had been rejected by the unions.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said: "It's ludicrous that the Government is keeping up the pretence that all staff are getting a 1% pay rise, and it doesn't matter how often they say it; it's simply not true."

He said the 1% pay rise recommended by the independent NHS Pay Review Body for all NHS workers had been rejected by the Government.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "NHS staff are our greatest asset and we want to make the current pay system fairer - which is why we have put forward proposals that would guarantee all staff would get at least a 1% pay rise this year and next, but these have been rejected by the unions.

"We have taken tough decisions to increase the NHS budget, but we can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs."

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NHS workers to stage four-hour strike in pay row

NHS workers will stage a four-hour strike today in a row with the Government over pay.

Members of 11 unions will walk out for four hours today in the row over pay. Credit: PA Wire

Midwives, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and psychiatric staff will walk out from 7am in England and 8am in Northern Ireland in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

Unison leader Dave Prentis said the second strike in a month should "sound alarm bells" in Westminster as the "anger is spreading".

A Department of Health spokesperson said the government "can't afford a consolidated pay rise in addition to increments without risking 10,000 frontline jobs".

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NHS: 'Robust plans' in place to deal with strike

"Robust plans" are in place to protect patients during a four-hour strike by thousands of health workers today, NHS England said.

Around 150 police officers will drive or help crew ambulances in London as part of the plans, with paramedics among those walking out in the row over pay.

NHS organisations have tried and tested plans to deal with a range of disruptions including industrial action.

We are working with the NHS to ensure there are robust plans for November 24 that protect the safety, welfare and service provided to patients.

– NHS England spokeswoman

Man arrested over Sheffield murder

Detectives investigating the murder of Grant Bodell in June this year have today arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Murder victim Grant Bodell Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Mr Bodell was found fatally wounded on parkland off Queen Mary Road, in the Manor area of Sheffield, at around 2.20am on Saturday, 21 June.

He had suffered gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

The 29-year-old man arrested is currently in police custody being questioned by officers.

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Husband's plea: please pay for drug to save my wife

A man from Pontefract says he could be forced out of retirement and may even have to sell his house to help save his wife's life.

Lisa Brydon had been given months to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Since she started taking the drug Avastin, she says her life has been transformed.

But the couple are having to pay for it themselves after the NHS refused. Helen Steel reports.

NFU urge farmers to 'remain vigilant' after avian influenza in Yorkshire

The National Farmers' Union has urged poultry producers to remain vigilant following a case of avian influenza discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire.

“Clearly, this is an issue the industry and consumers have been following and it is vital that the NFU represents the interests and the views of its members.

Some of the issues we have been working on for those farmers within the restriction zones, include ensuring producers can obtain licences as soon as possible so businesses can operate as normal.

In the meantime, we would urge all poultry producers to remain vigilant and continue with their ongoing on-farm hygiene and biosecurity measures. Anyone who suspects that their birds might be ill should inform their local vet as soon as possible."

– NFU poultry chairman Duncan Priestner

Calls for more people from ethnic minorities to join organ donor register

There is a desperate need for more people from ethnic minorities to sign the donor register. More than one in four die while waiting for a life saving transplant because of a lack of organ donors.

Transplants are more likely to be successful if they're a close match - but less than one per cent of people on the donor register are black. It means often black people have to wait twice as long for a transplant, and there are similar shortages in the Asian community.

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Couple's heartbreak after hospital staff failed to diagnose struggling unborn baby

Wendy and Chris Pratt, who live in Filey, say they have lost all faith in midwifery staff at the hospital after a lack of scans and tests - which they believe could have saved the life of baby Matilda.

Their baby was still born at 27 weeks after staff at Scarborough Hospital failed to spot signs the child was struggling.

The couple has since received undisclosed damages from the NHS trust in York - who have tonight apologised for what they've described as a 'personal tragedy.' Matt Price reports:

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