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Workers across Midlands join strike over pay rise refusal

Workers across the Midlands have joined a national walkout as the row over pay continues.

Workers at City Hospital Credit: ITV News Central

The Government say they cannot afford the recommended 1% pay rise.

Strike action is taking place until 11am in protest at the Government's refusal.

GMB and Unite outside beechdale ambulance station Credit: ITV News Central
RCN join the picket at QMC to show solidarity Credit: ITV News Central

NHS workers in the Midlands striking over pay

Nurses, midwives and paramedics are now on strike across the Midlands.

The government say they can't afford the 1% pay rise Credit: PA Wire

The walk out will take place for four hours until 11am in protest at the Government's refusal to accept a recommended 1% wage rise for all NHS employees.

The government has previously said it cannot afford the recommended rise.

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30 operations cancelled after rat spotted in hospital

Operations at Coventry’s University Hospital have been cancelled after a rat was spotted in a corridor.

30 patients had their surgery postponed after a rat was spotted Credit: Peter Jordan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The day surgery unit at the Walsgrave hospital was shut off on Friday and about 30 patients had their surgery postponed.

Pest control experts were called in after the alarm was raised.

The unit, which is used for performing minor procedures, has since reopened and a spokesman for the hospital stated that the incident was “incredibly rare”.

280 staff attacked at Nottingham hospitals in last year

More than 280 staff at hospitals in Nottingham have been assaulted by patients in the last 12 months.

Police will prosecute anyone who knowingly attacks hospital staff Credit: ITV News Central

Many of the instances were attacks by people with dementia or mental health problems.

But police and hospital managers say they will prosecute anyone who attacks NHS staff willingly and without conditions that may lead to aggression.

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Hospital patient in Hereford undergoes Ebola testing

A hospital patient in Hereford has undergone testing for Ebola, health officials have confirmed.

Ebola virus Credit: Frederick Murphy/DPA/Press Association Images

Public Health England said the man is being tested "as a precaution" and they expect test results to show the man is not infected.

A spokesman said the man was displaying one of the early symptoms of Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people and infected more than 13,000 across parts of West Africa.

Inner city fast-food outlets 'fuelling' obesity

A new report by experts at Leicester University has linked diabetes and obesity rates to the number of fast-food outlets in inner cities.

Researchers have described the results as 'alarming'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The study of 10,000 people in the UK found there twice as many fast-food outlets within 500 metres of homes in non-white and socially deprived neighbourhoods.

They also claim how close you are to fast-food outlets may be linked to your risk of Type-2 diabetes and obesity.

Researchers say the results have 'important implications' for councils when they are granting planning permission for fast-food outlets.

Our study suggests that for every additional two outlets per neighbourhood, we would expect one additional diabetes case, assuming a causal relationship between the fast-food outlet and diabetes.

– Professor Kamlesh Khunti

The report comes on the day that MP Keith Vaz officially opens a new Diabetes Out-Patient Centre in Leicester General Hospital.

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