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Health workers picket the BRI in Bristol

Health workers and ambulance staff across the region have been taking part in a four hour strike in a long-running dispute over pay.

They walked out between 7am and 11am today and will be working to rule for the rest of the month.

Health staff picket the Bristol Royal Infirmary as part of the national action Credit: ITV News
Staff are calling for a 1% pay increase, which the Government says it can't afford Credit: ITV News

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Bristol City captain helps young fan raise money for operation

It's not everyday that the captain of Bristol City pops round to your house for a cup of tea to chat football but thats exactly what happened to 6 year old Oskar Pycroft.

Oskar suffers from cerebral palsy and Wade Elliott is lending his support as the family try to raise money for an operation in America which could help him walk.

A match to remember for one 6 year-old City fan

A six year-old Bristol City fan will be leading out the team in his wheelchair as they face Preston North End at Ashton Gate tomorrow.

Oskar Pycroft has cerebral palsy and other problems and his family are raising money for an operation in the USA, which could help him walk.

Their campaign has won the backing of the club.

'They're doing a bucket collection for my operation and do you know why I want the operation? So I can walk more.'

– Oskar Pycroft
Oskar at home with Robbins Captain Wade Elliot. Credit: ITV News

Forest of Dean residents "treated unlawfully" by NHS

A campaigner from Gloucestershire has told MPs that people living near the Welsh border are being denied their legal rights to NHS standards of healthcare.

Pamela Plummer told the Welsh Affairs committee that 6,000 people in the Forest of Dean are registered with Welsh GPs because there are none closer in England.

However that means they are often referred to Welsh, rather than English hospitals, where some treatments are not available.

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51% increase in operations cancelled on the day

New figures have revealed a huge increase in the number of operations in the South West cancelled on the day they were due.

The figures - released by the Labour party - say that the South West has seen a 51% increase in cancelled operations this year.

Numbers in Bristol have doubled.

the number of on-the-day cancellations in Bristol has doubled. Credit: PA

Landmark dementia conference in Bristol today

Some of the leading minds in the field of dementia treatment and research will meet in Bristol for a landmark conference today.

The 'Hope for The Future' event, chaired by news broadcaster Martyn Lewis, will bring together charities, campaigners, carers and businesses.

The day-long conference is being organised by Bristol-based Alzheimer's research charity BRACE.

Dementia affects 800,000 people in the UK. Credit: PA
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