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A peek behind the scenes at ITV News West Country

Young people have dropped into the ITV News West Country studios to find out about working in the media and to see what goes on behind the scenes in a busy newsroom.

It's all part of the CDN Open Day, organised by the Creative Diversity Network, to inspire more young people to pursue a career in journalism.

Our presenters Ian and Kylie give an introductory talk about life in the newsroom Credit: ITV News
The young visitors listening out for some tips about how to get ahead in broadcasting Credit: ITV News
Ian and Kylie meet some of the would-be media stars Credit: ITV News
Taking time out to scour the newspapers for that all-important headline story Credit: ITV News
Getting miked up for their starring role Credit: ITV News
The would-be journalists get a presenter's eye view of the studio Credit: ITV News
Getting a bit too comfortable in the studio Credit: ITV News
Sharlette tries her hand at presenting the weather Credit: ITV News
She has quite a critical audience - including our presenter Kylie and our weathermen Bob and Alex Credit: ITV News
The green screen is translated to the weather map on telly Credit: ITV News
Trying some camerawork - this is the car park roof where we film our weather reports Credit: ITV News
Another visitor to our newsroom today - Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer was being interviewed for a story tonight Credit: ITV News

UWE careers fair buzzing as SW unemployment falls

8000 more people in the region have managed to find a job in the last month, according to figures released today.

Across the region there are now 127,000 people still out of work. The number has fallen over the past three months.

Today's careers fair at UWE. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

At the University of the West of England, 3000 students are expected at a careers fair today, from the first to third year. 130 employers are there: more wanted to come but the fair was fully booked.

UWE student Natalia Rudd, 23. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

"I definitely think a degree is the chance of getting a job. And I need to start paying off my loan."

– Natalia Rudd, aspiring radiotherapist
UWE student Stanley Furniss, 22. Credit: ITV News/Richard Payne

"I think jobs fairs are ideal for getting in front of prospective employers. I'm confident I will find a job this way."

– Stanley Furniss, aspiring architect

Hospital staff in Taunton & Gloucestershire strike

Staff from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton strike Credit: ITV News

In Taunton staff from Musgrove Park Hospital were also on strike.

People are very angry, morale is the lowest that I’ve known it, I’ve been in the NHS for 35 years, and it’s the lowest it’s ever been. But we’re all here because we care about patients and we care about the NHS.

– Debbie Russell, Unison
Hospital workers from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital go on strike Credit: ITV News

Nurses, midwives and hospital workers at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital were also taking industrial action:

We’ve seen possibly more than 60 midwives through here this morning, some of them going home after a night shift, some of them coming on later, and it really shows the support for this stoppage.

– Julia Chandler, Royal College of Midwives


Midwives strike in Bristol for first time

Midwives in Bristol go on strike Credit: ITV News

Nurses, paramedics and midwives joined thousands of health workers across the west today on strike over pay. It's the first time in a generation that NHS staff from 6 unions have been on the picket lines. Routine areas of care like patient transport have been disrupted, although emergency services were kept running.

Jonathan Hammond-Williams is a paramedic in Bristol and is one of those involved in the industrial action:

The last sort of ten years or so there’s been a huge increase in the demand for 999, and we’re always there to help all our patients but I feel as though there’s been no reflection in the amount of responsibility being hired and yet the salary is not matching that.

– Jonathan Hammond-Williams, Paramedic
Midwives form a picket line outside St Michaels Hospital Credit: ITV News

Midwives were on strike outside St Michaels Hospital for the first time. Kathryn Lunson, a widwife of 20 years, had just finished a 12 hour night shift.

Kathryn Lunson, midwife of 20 years joins a picket line Credit: ITV News

Just fair pay. We all work really really hard and in difficult conditions, the birth rate’s rising all the time, more complicated cases to look after. It’s a lovely, fantastic job to do, and we do all enjoy it, you couldn’t do it if you didn’t enjoy it, but the whole system just grinds you all down.

– Kathryn Lunson, Midwife, St Michael's Hospital Bristol

Health staff across the West Country walk out over pay

The picket line outside the Bristol Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News

Thousands of health workers have walked out on strike, many for the first time in their lives, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1% pay rise.

Midwives, nurses, paramedics, ambulance staff, hospital porters and cleaners have mounted picket lines across the West Country. They are walking out for a total of four hours from 7am till 11am.

NHS going through 'toughest times in history'

An NHS Chief Executive has urged health workers to reconsider going on strike on Monday if it will cause patients unnecessary stress.

The strikes, by midwives, nurses, care workers and paramedics are in protest at the Government's decision not to award a 1% pay rise.

We are working through some of the toughest times in the history of the NHS. Throughout this long period of pay restraint and pressure on services, employers have always sought constructive discussions with unions and the Government to find a way out of this situation together. We hope progress is still possible.

Ahead of Monday, employers are pulling out all the stops to minimise disruption to patients and unions are co-operating with this planning ahead of the strike to ensure patients remain safe.

I know that thousands of patients will already be anxious because important NHS services, such as ambulance cover, will be under additional pressure on the day and during the week of action short of a strike that will follow it. If appointments have to be rescheduled this would cause unnecessary distress and we urge staff to reconsider taking part in the strike.

– Rob Webster, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation
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