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Nurse recruitment drive launched by Leicester hospitals

Hospitals in Leicester have been running a recruitment drive this weekend in a bid to find more nurses.

The initiative comes after a period of intense pressure on hospitals, particularly in accident and emergency departments.

It is hoped that the drive will enable the Leicester Royal Infirmary and University Hospitals of Leicester to attract more qualified staff, especially in specialised departments like theatres.



Fabian Delph signs surprise new deal with Villa

Fabian Delph has signed a new deal with Aston Villa Credit: PA

England midfielder Fabian Delph has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with Aston Villa FC.

Delph, who originally joined the club in 2009 from Leeds United, has extended his contract until June 2019.

The 25-year-old, who won player of the season from both fans and players, couldn't have been happier to commit his future to the claret and blues.

Delph said: "The club has given me a great platform to perform and a great opportunity to showcase what I can do.

"The fans have been great with me, the chairman has been absolutely fantastic with me and I have a great relationship with the manager and I see the boys here as my brothers, my family and I am delighted to stay here.

"I feel like this is me - I love the club, I love being here and I want to put 100% into everything I do here. That's why I am committing my future.

"There was no way I was going to bail out. I am here for the long run."

Villa manager Paul Lambert said the deal was unexpected but welcome news.

The thing with modern day football and loyalty is there's not so much of it - you very rarely get people who stay at a football club for a long, long time.

When you get someone like Fabian - who might have had the possibility of going elsewhere to pastures new - to have him commit is a massive, massive coup for us.

No-one expected it. I think everyone thought Fabian was going to go and we would have to get someone else in. I don't think anyone saw this coming.

– Paul Lambert, Aston Villa Manager
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