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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

11-year-old girl airlifted to hospital after being hit by car in Scunthorpe

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An 11-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car in Scunthorpe.

She was seriously injured in the collision with a blue Peugeot 207, which was being driven by a 19-year-old woman, at the junction of Manor Road and Valley View Drive at around 3.30pm yesterday.

An air ambulance landed at the scene and roads were closed while Humberside Police investigated.

Witnesses should call the force on 101.

Junior doctors begin first ever all-out strike

Junior doctors across the Calendar region are beginning their first ever all-out strike this morning.

Junior doctors Credit: Press Association

They are walking out between 8am and 5pm today and tomorrow.

The action is the latest strike in a dispute over a new contract. For the first time, emergency care will be affected.

There will be picket lines outside many hospitals in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and a march will be held in Doncaster in support of striking doctors.

"We want the public to know that we are fighting to save this NHS, our NHS, from an un-costed, un-modelled and understaffed service, which is unsafe for patients and unfair to doctors.

"The NHS is the most pure form of human compassion I know, and is worth fighting for. "

– Selene Chew, British Medical Association (Doncaster)


Staff to strike at Hull College

Members of staff at Hull College will go on strike next week.

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The University and College Union (UCU) has announced that industrial action on Tuesday 3 May is in relation to a row over pay and a controversial lesson observation system.

The college management had offered staff a 0.7% pay rise last September, and also pledged to make positive changes to the lesson observation process which had been heavily criticised by teachers at the college.

The Union says the college reneged on its promise to make a pay award and staff have complained that changes to the lesson observation system are leaving them more stressed and anxious than ever.

Over four-fifths of UCU members that took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action and 95.3% in favour of action short of strike.

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