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Junior doctor contract talks reach 'end of the road'

A picket line outside Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol. Credit: PA

New contracts could be imposed on junior doctors by the Health Secretary after union leaders rejected his "best and final offer".

The Government's chief negotiator, Sir David Dalton, had warned talks were at "the end of the road" should the British Medical Association not endorse his latest offer by Wednesday afternoon.

Instead the BMA again called on the Health Secretary to accept its own proposed pay model and withdraw his threat to force through changes, even though the Government has refused to "remove that from the table".

A 24-hour strike by medics will end at 8am today.

River Severn - flood warning issued as waters rise

Water levels at the River Severn in Worcestershire are expected to peak on Friday, according to the Environmental Agency.

Experts are forecasting the water could surge to levels seen when storm Desmond caused widespread flooding in parts of the UK last month.


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Decision on fresh pub bombings inquest adjourned

The Chief constable of West Midlands police has been ordered to produce information, in response to a claim that the force may have been tipped off in advance of the Birmingham pub bombings, by an IRA mole.

A coroner made the order after hearing legal submissions about whether there was enough evidence to reopen inquests into the 21 people who died.

Chris Halpin reports.

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