Two GP surgeries in the region have been criticised in a report by an NHS watchdog.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson hopesl a meeting with unions will mean an end to a strike that's left the city streets strewn with rubbish.
Election campaigners are warning that growing concerns over shale gas extraction, or fracking, could affect the general election outcome
Council workers in Liverpool have walked out in a dispute over pay and job security. Street cleaners, road maintenance workers and ground staff taking part. Refuse collectors are working to rule. The dispute with an outsourcing firm, Amey, is over terms and conditions.
Union members in Liverpool have walked out in a dispute over pay and job security. Street cleaners, road maintenance workers and grounds staff are striking. Refuse collectors have been working to rule since since last Monday, which has seen a backlog of bins going uncollected.
Council workers in Liverpool are on strike in a dispute over pay and job security, with street cleaners, road maintenance, and grounds staff walking out. Refuse workers are working to rule. The GMB and Unite unions are in dispute with out sourcing firm Amey.
– George Patterson, GMB Union
"We thought they might have come back to us with a counter-proposal or something to offer to try to reach a resolution, but they've not been anywhere near us."
– Amey Statement
"We are extremely disappointed that the GMB has taken the decision to strike in Liverpool despite the fact that we have offered union members pay increases above the union's nationally agreed rate. We remain committed to reaching a solution and minimising the disruption for the people of Liverpool and request that if people’s bins remain uncollected that they leave them outside their properties. We will collect them as soon as we can."
– Liverpool Council spokesman
"We are extremely sorry that services are being disrupted due to the ongoing dispute between Amey and the trade unions. We completely understand the frustration of residents, and are urging both sides to resolve it as quickly as possible. Collections are running about three days behind schedule, but this varies across the city. Our advice is that if a refuse or recycling bin is not emptied on the correct day, then people should put it out each morning until a collection takes place."
Council workers in Liverpool have walked out in a dispute over pay and job security. The first of a series of strikes is underway with street cleaners, road maintenance workers and ground staff taking part. Bin collectors are working to rule.
We asked subscribers on the ITV News Facebook page their thoughts on Nuts magazine's decision not to cover the title in "modesty bags", following an ultimatum from Co-operative supermarkets.
– Anne E Colin
Kids go to the magazines with the free toys in, most never look further than that row, teenages might look because of a dare, but most people dont even notice them any more.
– Christopher Jones
If its okay to have page 3 models in the paper on the bottom shelf then why is it wrong to have lads mags uncovered?
– Anna Nicholls
They don't offend me personally, but I agree they should be covered up. They give the wrong message to young people - both lads and girls. Women are not objects to be gawped at and real women aren't airbrushed. Bad example on every level.
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Kate Jones, the Co-operative's head of product development said the company was determined to go ban Nuts from the store, despite losing money. Speaking on ITV's Daybreak, she said:
"We are still in dialogue with each of the publishers, and we asked them to put these titles in modesty bags, and yes, if they don't do that we will take them from sale.
"We will be losing money, but we are responding to our customers' concerns."
Campaigners are warning that concerns over fracking could "tip the balance" in some of the country's most marginal seats in the next election. 12 MP's could be affected including Labour's Julie Hilling in Bolton West.