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Operations postponed as junior doctors strike

Hundreds of hospital appointments have been postponed across the south east as junior doctors take part in a forty eight hour strike. It's the third walk out in a continuing dispute with the Government over pay and working practices. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, wants to push through a new contract which includes weekend working. But doctors say they will be over-stretched. Tom Savvides has the latest.

Junior doctors back to work after 24-hour strike

Junior doctors walked out across the region Credit: ITV

Hospital operations, check-ups and tests are expected to back to normal this morning - following a 24-hour strike.

Junior doctors from hospitals across the region walked out in a row over pay and working conditions. The strike finishes at 8am this morning. Many operations and appointments were cancelled.


Doctors' strike put on hold - but too late for many patients

Despite an eleventh hour deal late last night to call off the junior doctors' 24 hour strike, it was too late for patients who had already had their treatment cancelled.

Among them, Alainah Rook from Faversham who is frequently hospitalised and who was due to have an important diagnostic treatment. That was postponed when the hospital thought it wouldn't have enough doctors.

But this is her reaction - Alainah is still supporting the doctors.

The 23 year-old from Faversham has been hospitalised regularly over the past 5 years - for a complicated set of conditions.

Her diagnostic treatment today - which was cancelled because of the expected strike - would have established whether she has a pancreatic tumour.

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Woman is jailed after stealing doctor's identity

Oluwadamilola Opemuyi was arrested at a pharmacy Credit: Kent Police

A woman who admitted stealing a doctor’s identity to fraudulently gain work treating patients throughout England has been jailed for two years and four months.

Oluwadamilola Opemuyi, 29, formerly of Bridgeside Mews, Maidstone, used the doctor’s details alongside a number of false documents to find employment through a locum agency.

From 12-23 January 2015 she treated patients at three separate locations in Essex and Liverpool, as well as at two prisons on the Isle of Sheppey.

Opemuyi’s crimes came to light when she was arrested at a pharmacy in Maidstone on after attempting to collect two prescriptions she had written for herself.

She was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, three counts of forgery and two counts of possessing a false identity document with intent.


Doctors' surgeries under the spotlight

As the Accident and Emergency crisis continues to blight hospitals across the Thames Valley, our doctors' surgeries are now also under the spotlight.

The Care Quality Commission has published a report on the quality of care provided by GP practices. The review looked at whether they're safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Out of the 15 surgeries inspected by the CQC, 11 were found to be good. But four were rated as needing improvement.

Juliette Fletcher has been finding out what makes the good surgeries good and what's going wrong at the others.

Doctor fraudulently obtained £29,285 in benefits

A doctor from Reading has been found guilty of benefit fraud.

Samer Sa'adeh pleaded guilty at Reading Crown court to five charges of dishonestly making false statements to fraudulently obtain benefits.

Investigators discovered Dr Sa'adeh had lied on 5 separate occasions about his wife's circumstances.

He failed to mention that she was being paid over £13,000 a year by Reading University for living costs.

He was also over paid a total of £29,285 from when he first claimed in March 2010 until December 2012.

He was given a 20 week custodial sentence, which the magistrates then suspended for 2 years, as well as 180 hours of unpaid work and £1000 in costs.

The money Dr Sa'sdeh was wrongly paid is required to be paid back in full in is currently being recovered from him.

Heavy demand for GP services

There's been a surge in the number of people phoning out of hours GP services over the festive period.

But GPs say many patients did not need to be seen urgently and had wrongly believed their surgery was closed until after Christmas.

All GP practices in Kent and Medway are open as usual on Friday 28 and Monday 31 December. There is also pharmacy cover every day, throughout the festive season.

GP services are also available when practices are closed, for patients whose medical condition cannot wait.