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Doctors 'need more support' to spot lung cancer

Doctors need more support to help them identify patients who may have lung cancer, that's according to researchers at Nottingham University.

One in three people die from the disease within 90 days of it being diagnosed Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

They found one in three people die from the disease within 90 days of it being diagnosed - despite previously visiting their GP with common symptoms.

Trust to reveal robot that can perform keyhole surgery

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust is to reveal a new state-of-the-art robot which will perform keyhole surgery.

The robot is to be revealed at Coventry's University Hospital Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The 'da Vinci' robot will be able to undertake prostate, kidney, bowel, throat and heart operations.

The Trust says it will mean minimal intrusion for patients, as it allows more complex procedures to be done using keyhole surgery. This means reduced blood loss and a quicker recovery time for the patient.

It is controlled by a surgeon using their hands and feet to control the machine's four arms. The robot has 10-times greater precision than the human hand.

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Stafford Hospital meeting to discuss merger plans

Protestors against moving the hospital's services have been camped outside Credit: ITV News Central

A special board meeting is being held today at Stafford Hospital to formally approve plans to merge the hospital's services with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Protestors against the move say they plan to go to the meeting and ask a 'long list of questions' they want bosses to answer.

Ambulance service say 'can't send to more than 40 calls'

West Midlands Ambulance service say they have been stacking more than 40 calls with no-one to send to them

It comes as health workers across the country are on strike over pay.

Crews are now coming off the picket line to attend to life-threatening calls.

Ambulances only to respond in 'life-threatening' cases

West Midlands Ambulance Service say they will only respond to the most serious and life-threatening cases today as staff are striking in a national dispute over pay.

West Midlands Ambulance Service say they will only respond to the most serious cases Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

As a result of the walk-out, between 7am and 11am, there is expected to be a significant reduction in the level of ambulance provision.

A ballot of Unison, Unite and GMB members voted to take industrial action as a result of the government’s decision to not apply a 1% pay award in full to all NHS staff in accordance with the national public sector pay review body’s recommendations.

Picket lines outside Nottingham City hospital

There are picket lines outside Nottingham City hospital Credit: ITV News Central

There are picket lines outside Nottingham City hospital as NHS workers take part in strike action today.

It's after a dispute with the Government over pay after it was announced in March that only NHS staff at the top of their pay band would receive a 1% increase.

NHS workers are in a row with the Government over pay Credit: ITV News Central

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Workers on strike protest outside Nottingham City hospital

Demonstrations are taking place at Nottingham City hospital as health workers across the country go on strike.

Health workers protest outside Nottingham City hospital Credit: ITV News Central

The Royal College of Midwives are taking part in industrial action for the first time in 133 years, along with members of UNISON, Unite and GMB in a four-hour stoppage from 7am until 11am.

It's after a dispute with the Government over pay after it was announced in March that only NHS staff at the top of their pay band would receive a 1% increase.

First ever strike for Royal College of Midwives

Members of four unions working for the NHS are to strike for four hours this morning, in a dispute over pay increases.

NHS workers are to strike Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is the first time in its 133-year history that members of the Royal College of Midwives are to take industrial action.

They will be joined by staff who are part of Unite, UNISON, and GMB unions for the action which is due to start at 7am.

More than 100 midwives are expected to gather outside Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, while pickets are expected at many other hospitals in the region, including Nottingham City Hospital and Queen's Medical Centre.

The dispute comes after it was announced in March that only NHS staff at the top of their pay band would receive a 1% pay increase, while the remaining 55% of the workforce would only get annual incremental rises.

Miracle twins celebrate birthday together for the first time

Twin brothers who were born prematurely at just 27 weeks, today celebrated their second birthday together for the first time at their home in Oadby, Leicestershire.

They had been apart for sixteen months after one of them was kept in hospital after nearly dying from a serious infection.

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