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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."

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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

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.

Public sector workers feeling austerity squeeze

Public sector workers in London and the South East are feeling the squeeze of the austerity cuts more than the rest of the UK. They generally earn the same or less than private sector workers according to a new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The rest of the UK sees public sector workers earn 4% more than in the private sector, down from 5% in 2012.

This comes a day after members of Unison, Unite and the GMB cancelled a planned strike for Tuesday in rows over pay

Transport for London 'pleased' industrial action is suspended

We have held over eighty meetings in the past eleven months with the Trade Unions and we’ve already seen good progress through the process of consultation, including the number of post reductions falling from 953 to 897. We anticipate this will reduce even further through the process of continued discussions and local consultation. We have adhered to every single one of the commitments we made to our staff, including delivering on our guarantee of no compulsory redundancies and offering a job for anyone who wants to stay with us with no loss of pay. We will continue to consult with staff and trades unions while we implement our proposals to modernise and improve the Tube service for our customers. In future we will have more staff than ever before visible and available to help our customers buy the right ticket or use their contactless payment card, plan their journeys and keep them safe and secure.

– Phil Hufton, London Underground

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Tube strikes cancelled

Tube union RMT has confirmed that strikes due to start on Tuesday evening on London Underground over the threat to jobs, working and conditions and services has been suspended following progress in talks hosted by ACAS yesterday.

Thanks to both the solidarity and determination of our members, and the hard work of our negotiators in the ACAS talks, RMT has been able to secure significant movement in three key areas which have allowed our executive to suspend both the action scheduled for next week and the on-going overtime ban. The substantial improvements we have agreed allow us to move forwards but the Union’s core opposition to the austerity-led cuts on London Underground has not shifted an inch and we remain vigilant to further developments and their impact.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary

Tube peace talks end with no mention of progress

Talks between the RMT and London Underground to try and avert strike action have ended for the day with no mention of progress on either side.

The conciliation service ACAS, who were hosting the talks, said the parties had gone away to 'reflect':

The RMT union has instructed its members to walk about from 9pm next Tuesday for 48 hours in a long running dispute over tube ticket office closures.

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