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Watch: Doctor hits back at PM's comments

A North West doctor has hit back at claims by the Prime Minister that GP's are to blame for the wider problems within the NHS.

Theresa May says she wants surgeries to be open seven days a week to ease pressure on accident and emergency units.

Dr Siobhan Brennan - a GP in Salford - says there simply aren't enough qualified doctors to deal with current demand.

She claims the PM's demands for GPs are unrealistic and show a lack of understanding

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue spent the day with Dr Brennan to find out more:

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Watch: Is the care system failing the young?

There are calls for more support and more mentors to help young people cope when they leave the care system.

And a teenager tells us how tough it is to have to live and cope on her own.

Zahra was in foster care but as soon as she was 18 she had to move out.

The government says Councils have a duty to allow care leavers to stay with their former foster carers until they are 21, but that doesn't happen in the majority of cases.

There are currently 8,600 children living with foster carers in the in North West.

Less than a quarter of young people who turn 18 stay with their foster carers, despite new legislation and improved financial support.

Dangerous driving conditions due to snow and ice

Snow in East Lancashire Credit: PA Images

There's a warning to take extra care on the region's roads, after overnight snow and ice has made driving hazardous in some areas of the North West.

Police say there've already been a number of weather- related accidents. Some routes and roads in the Peak District remain impassible.

  • M6 Northbound exit slip road closed due to ice at J31 A59 Preston New Road (Samlesbury)
  • A537 Cat & Fiddle Road closed due to ice and snow between Bull-Hill-Lane (Macclesfield) and A54 (Buxton)
  • A54 closed due to ice and snow between A523 (Bosley Crossroads) and A537 Cat & Fiddle Road (Buxton).
  • Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A57 Snake Pass in both directions between Hurst Road (Glossop) and A6013 (Ladybower Reservoir).
  • Slow traffic and one lane closed due to accident on M6 Northbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe).

Charity's warning over puppy smuggling

If you were one of the many families who bought a puppy this Christmas, do you know where it came from? How sure are you that it came from a reputable breeder?

These are questions one of our region's major pet charities wants everyone to think of before buying a puppy.

And it's because, they say, we're seeing a worrying rise in puppy smuggling from eastern Europe.

ITV News correspondent Rob Smith reports:

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Thousands of people expected to hit sales across the region today

Thousands of people are expected to hit the sales in the North West today Credit: PA

Thousands of people are due to hit the Boxing Day sales across the North West today with reports of even some people camping out at large shopping centres such as the Trafford Centre.

However, a recent survey by Barclaycard says that shoppers enthusiasm has dropped this year for the sales with only 23% of Britons heading out compared to last year's 32%.

Watch: We spend Mad Friday with paramedics

The windy weather probably won't deter the thousands who'll be out on the town tonight enjoying the extended holiday many get as Christmas falls on a weekend.

It will be far from festive for the paramedics dealing with those who drink too much.

Assaults on ambulance staff are on the rise.

Our correspondent Amy Welch spent last Friday night with one of the rapid response crews in Manchester.

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