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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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Check before travel: First Great Western trains strike

Revised timetable in place on First great Western due to strike

Workers at First Great Western trains are taking part in a three-day strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The walkout is causing disruption for travellers. The firm is advising people to check before they head out.

The walkout is part of the RMT union's protest over the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains. It follows a 48-hour strike last month and 24 hours of action last week Sunday which led to widespread disruption to services.

The industrial action has not stopped thousands of music fans who turned up for the Reading Festival which started on Thursday. The challenge for the festival-goers will be getting home on Bank Holiday Monday after the event ends.

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First Great Western strike will go ahead this weekend

The strike will go ahead Credit: ITV

Rail union RMT has just announced that strike action at First Great Western will go ahead this weekend as planned. The union is protesting over the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains. The action follows a 48-hour strike last month and 24 hours of action last Sunday which led to widespread disruption to services.

FGW strike set to go ahead after talks broke down

Staff who work for First Great Western will walk out on Sunday Credit: PA

A strike by workers at First Great Western, which runs services across the South East and Thames Valley is set to go ahead this weekend after talks failed to resolve a row over new trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 24 hours on Sunday, disrupting services.

"We have held a positive meeting with the RMT and while, disappointingly, no agreement has been reached, we plan to meet again on Monday. This means that the strike action planned by the RMT on Sunday is likely to go ahead.

"Trains will run to an amended timetable, with around 70% of our regular Sunday service running. Customers should check before they travel.

"The brand new Super Express Trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. Our plans mean more train managers and customer hosts on board our trains, not less."

– First Great Western spokesman
First Great Western staff striking Credit: ITV News

"Despite strenuous efforts we have failed to reach an agreement with First Great Western on the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains. As a result the action this Sunday goes ahead. The union remains available for talks."

– A union spokesman

Union members are also due to strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The union says new trains will lead to job losses and cuts to on board catering facilities.

FGW strike set to go ahead

A strike by workers at First Great Western is set to go ahead this weekend Credit: PA

A strike by workers at First Great Western is set to go ahead this weekend after talks failed to resolve a row over new trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 24 hours on Sunday, disrupting services.

A union spokesman said: "Despite strenuous efforts we have failed to reach agreement with First Great Western on the fundamental issues at the heart of the dispute over the introduction of the new Hitachi trains. As a result the action this Sunday goes ahead. The union remains available for talks."

"We have held a positive meeting with the RMT today and while, disappointingly, no agreement has been reached, we plan to meet again on Monday. This means that the strike action planned by the RMT on Sunday is likely to go ahead.

"Trains will run to an amended timetable, with around 70% of our regular Sunday service running. Customers should check before they travel. The brand new Super Express Trains will deliver more seats, faster journey times and more frequent journeys for our passengers. "Our plans mean more train managers and customer hosts on board our trains, not less."

– First Great Western spokesman

Union members are also due to strike over the Bank Holiday weekend. The union says new trains will lead to job losses and cuts to on board catering.

Railway workers to stage two strikes next month

A new pay offer has been rejected Credit: ITV

RMT workers are to stage a 24-hour and 48-hour strike next month after rejecting a new pay offer from Network Rail.

Members of the union at Network Rail will walk out for 24 hours from 5pm on 4 June and for 48 hours from the same time on 9 June.

The workers - including signallers and maintenance staff - will also ban any overtime between 6 - 12 June.

The industrial action is expected to cause widespread disruption to rail travel.

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