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NHS workers' four-hour strike begins

London's paramedics are among more than 400,000 health workers expected to be out on strike this morning between 7am and 11am.

Picket lines will be mounted outside hospitals and ambulance stations across England for four hours from 7am, while action will be taken later today in Northern Ireland.

Military personnel and the police have been brought in to provide ambulance cover in the capital.

Several trade unions will be involved in the action, including those representing nurses, paramedics, hospital porters and ambulance crews as well as the Royal College of Midwives.

The dispute involves over 400,000 NHS staff, who have been hit by pay freezes or below inflation rises since the coalition came to power in 2010.

Troops prepare ahead of NHS strike

Troops have been making ready to provide ambulance cover during tomorrow's strike by NHS staff. ITV London filmed these pictures of the preparations at Wellington Barracks earlier this afternoon. Paramedics are among those walking out for four hours from 7am, after the Government refused to grant a one per cent pay rise to all NHS staff.

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London Ambulance could face 'significant pressure'

The head of operations for London Ambulance has said they are expecting to be under "significant pressure" tomorrow during a four-hour strike by NHS workers.

Health workers in England and Northern Ireland are preparing to go on strike for four hours tomorrow in protest at the Government's controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1 per cent pay rise for all NHS employees.

Midwives will stop work for the first time ever, joining picket lines outside hospitals alongside other health workers including nurses, ambulance staff, paramedics and porters.

Troops are on standby to provide ambulance cover in London and the North West. Jason Killens of London Ambulance said they had contingency plans in place to help "the most seriously ill and injured patients" during tomorrow's industrial action.

Boris: 'UK will see ebola cases'

Boris John speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

London's Mayor Boris Johnson has said that airport screening for ebola was a "far from perfect solution" and predicted there would be a case of the disease in London.

He told BBC 1's Andrew Marr Show: "It's one of those cases where we are at risk of seeming to promise stuff that doesn't really make any sense. You can't blood test everybody coming into the country."

He added: "The idea of screening it at airports is far from perfect as a solution."

Mr Johnson said there had been "fantastic preparations" to deal with the disease but he expected there to be a case in London.

He said: "I have no doubt, I have little doubt that eventually there will be a case of Ebola in this country and probably in this city."

Army to provide ambulance drivers during strike on Monday

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it will provide military drivers to support London's ambulance service during a strike by NHS staff. The Unison union says its members will walk out for four hours on Monday and ambulance staff will be asked to refuse overtime work from Tuesday to Friday.

We can confirm that the Ministry of Defence is providing support to the Department of Health during the 13 October industrial action by some trade unions. This assistance involves the provision of military drivers to support the London and the North West Ambulance Services.

– MoD spokesperson

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Protests in London today against healthcare deal that could threaten the NHS

Protests are planned across London today to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between the EU and USA. There is concern that the deal David Cameron is pushing for will bring increased privatisation to the NHS.

36% of Londoners said that private healthcare providers have too much influence over the NHS according to a YouGov poll. Campaigners will be asking people who are worried about this to write to their local MEPs against the TTIP. The deal is said to force the NHS open to competition from American private healthcare providers.

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