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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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Police launch campaign to prevent terror attacks

Police forces in our region will help launch a major campaign today, to prevent terrorism attacks in the UK.

Floral tributes at Kings Cross station after 7 July 2005 bombings Credit: Jeff Moore/allactiondigital.com /Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

The worst the country has seen was the 7/7 bombings on London's transport network - carried out by four men from West Yorkshire. Today Monday November 24, forces including Humberside and North Yorkshire police will hold events to highlight what to be aware of in crowded placed transport hubs.

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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
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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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Emmerdale take on Corrie for Text Santa

Congratulations to the Emmerdale Netball team who went head to head with soap rivals Coronation Street for charity Text Santa. The Woolpack girls had a lot to prove after they lost in the first event of its kind, held last year. This time Emmerdale got off to a flying start in front of the thousand seater sell out audience - and held the lead for the duration of the match. Final score was 23 - 18. All money raised will go to ITV's Text Santa campaign.

Missing Matthew - have you seen him?

Matthew Winspear missing since Wednesday Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Matthew Winspear has been missing from his home in Whitby since Wednesday. He had a telephone conversation with his father in the early hours of Wednesday suggesting he was in the Brayford area of Lincoln. He also has connections with Harrogate and Bristol.

Matthew is 34 years old, 5'8" tall with a slim build. He has a well spoken English accent. He has a shaven head and several tattoos including 'Anya' on his right arm, an image of a phoenix coming out of the ashes on his left arm and has Chinese writing on his upper right arm.

He was last seen wearing dark jeans, shirt with black overcoat, a grey beanie-style hat and wearing brown shoes. He was carrying a brown rucksack.

If you have seen Matthew or can provide information as to his location please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting 12140200846.

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