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WATCH : Impassioned defence of junior doctors' strike by GP trainee

As junior doctors took part in the first all-out strike in history amidst questions about patient safety, GP trainee Cara Neal explained her motivation for striking.

On a march to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton she said:

"Whilst I was a medical student my dad died in this hospital in the A&E. And I can't tell you how hard it was to walk in the door and work in A&E where I knew my dad had died.

"So if Jeremy Hunt or David Cameron thinks we are going to give up, we're not. Because that took the most guts I've ever had to have, and this is nothing. I will keep striking, I will keep going."

The junior doctor explained:

"I truly believe this is going to be the final nail in the coffin for an NHS free at the point of access. The amount of despair that I have seen in my colleagues is going to mean we can't fill the rostas to a safe level. And that will be the point at which they swoop in and we become a different health service that we don't want".

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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.

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VIDEO: Junior doctors strike in the South East

Junior doctors across the South East walked out for a second 24-hour strike today amid the ongoing row with the Government over pay and weekend working.

Operations, check-ups and tests have been cancelled as a result of the industrial action, which started at 8 o'clock this morning.

Junior doctors have been at picket lines outside many of the region's major hospitals today including Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone and Ashford - but Accident and Emergency departments were staffed as usual. Sarah Saunders reports.

Arriva bus drivers strike in Medway

Bus passengers in Medway have had to make their own way to school, work or the shops today, as more than two hundred Arriva drivers went on strike in a row over timetable changes. The company worked out the new timetable this summer, but forgot that it was the school holidays. When pupils returned to school, the traffic increased drastically and drivers couldn't keep up. Arriva bosses have apologised. But as Andrea Thomas reports, the unions are accusing them of sheer incompetence. She spoke to Dave Weeks from Unite the union and Simon Baxter from Arriva.

Bus drivers on strike in row over timetables

The bus drivers are unhappy about new timetables Credit: ITV

Arriva bus drivers in Medway have gone on strike today in a dispute over timetables.

Last month around 210 Arriva drivers were balloted on whether to take industrial action. Their union, Unite, says the timetables are “unachievable and unsafe”.

The strike runs from 0500 today until 0500 on Saturday. There will be another strike from 0500 Monday to 0500 on Tuesday.

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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.

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.

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