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Junior doctors protest at pay offer

Junior doctors in the north west have been protesting about plans by the government to change the terms of their contracts. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has proposed a pay increase of 11% but it will mean a change in hours worked. The government say the current contracts are out of date having been introduced in the 1990's. But junior doctors like Latifa Patel, who supports the protest in Manchester, says lives will be put at risk.


Comedian Ted Robbins joins hospital protest

Wythenshawe Hospital Credit: ITV Granada

Hundreds of doctors and nurses will march through Wythenshawe today to protest against plans to downgrade the town's hospital.

Local MPs and voluntary organisations are showing their support for medical staff who are concerned about the decision and the impact it will have on their patients.

Healthier Together, a review of health and care in Greater Manchester recently concluded Wythenshawe Hospital would not be named as a specialist site for general surgery.

Ted Robbins Credit: ITV Granada

Comedian and Coronation Street new boy, Ted Robbins will walk alongside the medical staff to show his support for the campaign.

He was performing at the opening night of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights in January when he collapsed. He had suffered a heart attack and was taken to Wythenshawe, where staff at the Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit battled to save Ted's life.

" Wythenshawe is a hospital that's close to my heart, both literally and metaphorically. I am concerned that important services could be at risk and I am keen to do what I can to stop that happening."

– Ted Robbins

The Keep Wythenshawe Special march will start in the grounds of Newall Green Primary School, Firbank Road at 11.30, setting of at noon for an open air rally in the civic centre at 1pm.


Failings in care for woman with history of depression found hanged at Royal Blackburn Hospital

An inquest into the death of a woman who was found hanged at the Emergency Department of the Royal Blackburn Hospital found failings in the way she was cared for.

CCTV was shown of Jackie Williams being taken into the hospital by ambulance staff before the discovery of her body in a cubicle a short time later.

The hearing in Blackburn was told the mother-of-three had a history of depression.

Victoria Grimes reports.

A mental health charity warns it faces 'imminent' closure

A charity which helps people with mental health issues get back into work is warnings it could close within months.

Bolton Steps, which supports around 70 people a week says it's struggling to continue after a funding cut of £50,000 a year.

Managers are now planning a crowd funding campaign to keep the charity going, while urging the Clinical Commissioning Group to reconsider its decision.

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