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Double celebration for nurse from the Wirral

A 70th birthday is a great reason to celebrate, and a nurse from the Wirral has two anniversaries to mark - her own birthday and the founding of the NHS.

Ann O'Connor has been along to meet Kathy Shirley, who works at Clatterbridge hospital on the Wirral.

Hospital staff strike in Greater Manchester

600 catering, cleaning and portering staff at three hospitals in Greater Manchester are staging a 48 hour walkout.

It's over plans at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust to transfer their jobs to a separate company it plans to set up as a wholly owned subsidiary.

The Trust says that jobs are safe, and denies it amounts to privatisation.

But union members are unconvinced.

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IoM abortion reform passes first stage of Legislative Council

The public entrance to the Legislative Buildings Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man Abortion Reform Bill has passed its first stage in the Legislative Council.

Yesterday the Bill, proposed by Dr Alex Allinson MHK, was scrutinised by members during its first reading in the Legislative Council Chambers.

Lord Bishop Peter Eagles said while the Bill protects mothers, it "doesn't protect an unborn child." He suggested the Bill be sent to a committee, which was rejected in the House of Keys.

The second reading will take place in the near future.

Damning report into Nursing and Midwifery Council following Furness General scandal

Furness General Hospital Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

A damning report says the professional body overseeing midwifery standards at Furness General Hospital must do more to address serious concerns over standards of care.

It comes after the deaths of 11 babies and a mother at the hospital.

Concerns had been raised about the fitness to practice of some midwives.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council's apologised for its failings and says that improvements have been made.

Harry Cayton from the Professional Standards Authority, which published the report, says progress still needs to be made, whilst John Woodcock, the Barrow and Furness MP, has also levelled criticism at the NCM.

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'Empty shoes' raise awareness of ME

Hundreds of pairs of empty shoes have been laid out in the centre of Manchester to remember people who suffer from ME. The shoes form part of an international day of action calling for better understanding of the condition and for more money to be spent on researching a cure. Ralph Blunsom reports...

Hundreds of empty shoes laid out in Manchester to remember sufferers of ME

'Empty shoes' laid out in St. Peter's Square Credit: GTV

Hundreds of 'empty shoes' have been laid out in Manchester to remember people who suffer from ME.

The shoes symbolise the footwear of people diagnosed with the condition who are so debilitated they can no longer use them.

ME, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, affects a quarter of a million people across the UK.

It is a systemic neuroimmune disease which typically leads to a severe worsening of symptoms after physical, mental or emotional exertion. It disrupts both the immune system and the nervous system.

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