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Boy, 11, with cerebral palsy delivers letter to the PM

An eleven year boy who's calling for NHS funding for his cerebral palsy treatment has delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street.

Ben Baddeley, from Silverdale in Staffordshire, has had to rely on private donations and fund-raising efforts for his treatment so far.

He was unimpressed by what he called a lack of answers from the Prime Minister in an earlier reply. He had this message for David Cameron today:

In a statement, North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

Our priority is to ensure that any child receives the NHS care and treatment that is clinically appropriate for their needs.

We would encourage the family to contact us if they need any support in applying for private physiotherapy.

– North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

MP accuses doctors of 'short-changing' the public

An MP has accused striking junior doctors of "short-changing" the public over their long-running dispute with the British Medical Association.

Lucy Allan, the Conservative MP for Telford, said their recent two-day walkout was "holding the NHS to ransom".

But local junior doctors have hit back, calling her comments out of touch with reality.

Andy Bevan reports:

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Junior doctors in the Midlands begin first all-out strike

It has led to junior doctors withdrawing emergency care for the first time. Credit: PA

Striking junior doctors in the Midlands are taking part in a two-day full-withdrawal of labour in a national protest against a new contract.

The ongoing dispute with the health secretary, who intends to impose the contract, has led to junior doctors withdrawing emergency care for the first time.

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