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Hospital Chief Executives say they're against imposition of junior doctors' contract

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The Chief Executives of the region's biggest hospital trusts say they're against government plans to impose a new contract on junior doctors. But the heads of the Royal United in Bath and University Hospitals Bristol agree that the new contract offered is 'reasonable.' Their names appeared on a controversial letter used by the health secretary to justify his decision to impose new terms on the doctors.

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Both trusts have issued the following statements:

I have not supported contract imposition. I have supported the view that the NHS needs certainty on the Junior Doctor’s contract and that the latest contract offer was fair and reasonable. It is really important that we have certainty over the working arrangements for new Junior Doctors starting with us on 1 August.

– James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation
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The Chief Executive was asked to confirm his support for the negotiating team, led by Sir David Dalton and Ms Clare Panniker, going back to the British Medical Association (BMA) with a “fair and reasonable” best and final offer, in the expectation that such a move would allow a resolution of the current position.

It is highly regretful that this final step was unable to bring the current dispute to resolution, which is in the best interests of all parties and most importantly in the best interest of our patients who rely upon the NHS to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

– University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson

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Bristol Rugby thrash Ealing in 'outstanding' Championship performance

Bristol Rugby have beaten Ealing in the Championship in a decisive Friday night win.

Andy Robinson's side scored nine tries in a 63-10 win at Ashton Gate. Ollie Robinson and Ben Mosses both crossed the line twice.

Coach Sean Holley complimented the team on an 'outstanding' performance.

The news is less good for netball fans, as Team Bath suffered their first defeat of the new Super League season, losing 62-37 at home to Manchester Thunder.

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Environment secretary makes good on her promise to sample sausage

The environment secretary Liz Truss has been in the region today sampling local produce.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss eating at Gloucester Services Credit: ITV West Country

She was asked in parliament by Gloucester's MP Richard Graham if she would care to visit the area and sample some Gloucester Old Spot sausage.

Today she was at Gloucester services which sells locally produced food, including the famous banger.

It's absolutely fantastic. I wasn't expecting such a huge plate of food! But it is really lovely.

I think it is so exciting that you have all of this great food brought together in a single place, to everyone from right across the country.

– Liss Truss
A Gloucester Old Spot sausage breakfast Credit: ITV West Country

When asked, "what do you think of the Gloucester old spot sausage?" she replied: "It's very nice, thank-you."

A tray of Old Spot bangers waiting for the Environment Secretary Credit: ITV West Country

Yay or neigh? Romeo the pony is looking for love

Romeo is a proper gentleman and knows how to woo a lady Credit: World Horse Welfare

Handsome gelding who can be a little timid looking for life-long owner to love and take care of him.

Although shy, once he finds the right person will be a friend for life.

Looking for a home as a non-ridden companion and will be best suited to experienced rehomer who can continue his education.

Looking for love since September 2015, when he came to charity as part of a group of 11 ponies, all unhandled and in need of care.

  • Height: 12hh
  • Age: Seven
  • Location: Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Somerton
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Romeo is a very sweet little pony that will make a wonderful addition to any family.

Not only does he have a kind and honest personality, he’s also got the handsome good looks and loyalty of Shakespeare’s famous romantic hero!

– Claire Phillips, Centre Manager at World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre
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