It's the first time during this dispute that services like A&E, maternity and intensive care have been affected.Read the full story ›
Patients across the region have had operations and appointments cancelled despite a strike by junior doctors being called off.Read the full story ›
Weston General Hospital has released a list of those services that will, and won't, be affected by the planned junior doctor strike.
They said they will not be paying those who take industrial action - apart from those who are providing Emergency Care - and consultants will carry out additional tasks to cover.
Areas that are being affected:
- Outpatient clinics (some will run as normal)
- · All non-urgent scheduled operations
- · Physiotherapy clinics (our physios will be on the wards)
Services that will be open and running as normal
- Ashcombe Birth Centre
- · Oncology Day Unit
- · Seashore Paediatric Centre
- · Specialist Community Children’s Services
- · WISH Sexual Health Centre
- · Orthopaedic Fracture clinic
- · Radiography (X-Ray)
- · ITU
- · Emergency Department
Here's a list of how hospitals in our area are dealing with the planned 24 hour strike.Read the full story ›
As junior doctors prepare to strike for 24 hours from midnight tonight our Health Correspondent, Katie Rowlett answers your questions.Read the full story ›
The planned rail strike on bank holiday Monday has been cancelled after the TSSA and RMT unions received a new pay offer from Network Rail.
The industrial action has been called off pending the outcome of a meeting with Network Rail representatives next week.
We are pleased that strike action has been called off for 25/26 May and we expect to be able to run our full advertised timetable.
There is to be a rail strike during the bank holiday weekend - Network Rail employees in the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay, affecting services on bank holiday Monday (25 May), as well as Tuesday 26 May and the morning of Wednesday 27 May.
First Great Western say refunds are available for customers who have already bought tickets during the strike period, and those with tickets for travel on Monday and Tuesday may also be use them on Sunday Wednesday.
They hope to operate the following services in our region:
- Paddington – Bristol Temple Meads, calling at Reading Didcot, Swindon, Chippenham, Bath and Bristol, extended to Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton during peak: Hourly
- Swindon – Bristol, calling at Chippenham, Bath Spa, Oldfield Park, Keynsham, Bristol Temple Meads: Hourly
- Bristol Parkway – Weston-Super-Mare, calling at Filton, Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill, Bristol Temple Meads, Bedminster, Parson St, Nailsea and Backwell, Yatton, Worle, Weston Milton and Weston-Super-Mare: Hourly
- Cardiff – Taunton, calling at Newport, Severn Tunnel Juncton, Patchway, Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Temple Meads, Nailsea, Yatton, Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, Highbridge, Bridgwater and Taunton: Hourly
- Paddington – Plymouth, calling at Reading, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Tiverton, Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Ivybridge (select trains only) and Plymouth: Hourly
The following services will not be running in our region from 00:01 Monday 25 May, and will be in delays on the Wednesday morning:
- Between Swindon and Gloucester/Cheltenham
- Between Bath Spa and Portsmouth Harbour
- Between Reading and Taunton
- On Severn Beach branch line
- North Cotswolds line, from Oxford and calling at Worcester and Hereford
Around 3,000 firefighters across the region are due to go on strike later this morning in a row over pensions.
Today's strike, starting at 9am, will be the longest strike held so far and will last 24 hours. Contingency plans have been put on place with some fire stations still operating. Fire chiefs say it may take them a little longer to respond to 999 calls.
Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Kevin Pearson says they have contingency arrangements in place to deal with the strike, but warns they will be prioritising calls to emergencies where there is a risk to life.
This is a national dispute over which Avon Fire Authority has no control.
Although we have contingency arrangements in place, the reality is we will not be in a position to provide the excellent emergency response we usually do.
In the lead up to and during the strike I would ask local people to take steps to ensure their homes and businesses are as safe as possible.
Although it’s good practice anytime it’s particularly important during a period when our emergency response capability will be reduced.
Accidents do happen but it is possible to reduce the risk and the impact of a fire in the home by taking extra care not to leave cooking unattended, making sure you check smoke alarms are working and rehearsing escape routes with the whole family.
Business owners and managers should also be aware of their responsibilities to staff and customers under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Although we will be prioritising calls our advice remains the same - if you have a fire you should get out, stay out and call 999.