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Junior doctors to march through Leeds in protest at contract change plans

Junior doctors are to march through Leeds Credit: PA

More than 2,000 junior doctors will be marching through Leeds tonight in protest at planned changes to their contracts.

They say the government's proposals reduce pay for doctors working anti-social hours on evenings and weekends.


Smoking a cause of poverty for many in Calendar region

Smoking could be the reason that thousands of families in our region live in poverty, it has been claimed.

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New figures show a third of households which include an adult smoker in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are below the poverty line.

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) says quitting smoking would lift 118,000 people in the Calendar region out of poverty.On average a smoker spends £2,158 a year on tobacco.

Local authorities are working alongside the NHS to bridge the health inequalities gap by reducing smoking rates. People from disadvantaged background appear to be the most affected as they live in high smoking rates areas.

Smoking puts poorer families under significant financial pressure. This in turn places a burden on local services and negatively impacts the local economy. Our services to help people quit not only save lives but they put money back into the pockets of the poorest households in our community.

– Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health for Wakefield Council

Sammi raises money for people with spinal injuries

A woman from East Yorkshire is getting ready to spend five days fundraising for people with spinal injuries.

Sammi Petersend

Twenty-one-year-old Sammi Petersen, from North Ferriby, was left paralysed after a car crash earlier this year. But she has already defied doctors by being able to leave hospital months early than they expected.

She has now set up a charity with her brother Dave, who plays rugby with Sheffield Eagles, and this Thursday they will be taking part in a wheelchair push from Bradford to Hull to raise money for the cause.

Sammi with mum and brother

Infant dies from meningitis and another in hospital

An infant from Dronfield has died from meningitis and another is in hospital, Public Health England has confirmed.

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It is understood that doctors, who had been in contact with the two children, were offered antibiotics as a precaution.

The cases are being discussed at a meeting today.

Read: The symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia

Dutch doctors targeted in GP recruitment drive

With the deepening GP crisis in the region, doctors from East Yorkshire have travelled to Holland as part of a targeted recruitment campaign.

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Figures have revealed that there is a shortage of 100 GPs across Hull, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Dr David Pearson from the Hull-York Medical school says it's vital to plug the gap and Holland is an ideal place to recruit because it has a similar high quality GP system as ours. Links have already been made with some Dutch GPs and medical schools from a previous visit in the summer.

The longer term has to be from growing our own which is about medical student teaching and about post-graduate GP training in areas such as our which are under-doctored, but there is an immediate crisis and if we don't solve that then more people will retire early and medical students will be put off because they will see the stress rather than the positive elements of general practice.

– Dr David Pearson
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