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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.

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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

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.

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Peterborough baby responding well to treatment

Peterborough City Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

Public Health England (PHE) have reported three further cases of blood poisoning in the region's hospitals.

There is one confirmed case at Peterborough City Hospital. PHE said there is a baby with clinical symptoms and a positive test for Bacillus cereus.

There is a probable case at Southend University Hospital, tests have yet to confirm this is the case, and there was a possible case at Basildon University Hospital but blood testing did not confirm the infection

The babies, who became unwell last week, are responding to antibiotic treatment.

In a statement PHE said: "No new cases have occurred since Tuesday 2 June, when the batches of the affected stock expired, however there is a possibility that babies who developed an infection last week or over the weekend will be reported as a result of our investigations."

The manufacturer of the infected supplies recalled the product on Wednesday. The manufacturer is co-operating fully with the investigation.

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