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How will the strike effect Weston General Hospital?

Weston General Hospital Credit: ITV News

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
Outpatient appointments scheduled
The number of cancelled clinic appointments
The number of non-urgent operations cancelled.


Bank holiday rail strike called off

First Great Western expects to run its full advertised timetable. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Rail strike affecting bank holiday weekend

Rail workers have voted for industrial action. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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

Firefighters in Cornwall join strike action

Firefighters in Cornwall join strike action Credit: ITV News

Firefighters across the region have been on strike over the weekend in a dispute over pensions and changes to their retirement age. The four day industrial action comes in the run up to Bonfire night - the service's busiest time of the year. 999 calls are still being responded to, but there have been limited crews available.

We're absolutely gutted, frustrated. English firefighters are being treated differently to other firefighters. We would not be taking strike action if we had offers that are on the table in Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland.

– Trevor French, FBU


Thousands of teachers expected to strike today

Thousands of teachers expected to strike today Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A day of disruption is expected across the South West as thousands of teachers and other public sector workers are going on strike over pay and pensions

Members of teaching union NUT and also UNITE say they have not had a pay rise in three years. This year the government offered them a 1% rise but the offer was refused.

National Union of Teachers Secretary in Plymouth

National Union of Teachers Secretary in Plymouth Credit: ITV News West Country

The General Secretary of the NUT is coming to Plymouth today a few weeks before teachers go on stike next month. Christine Blower will be attending a question and answers event alongside teachers, parents and politicians.

They'll be debating things why teachers are striking and whether standards in school are failing.

Thousands of tax workers on strike across region

More than two thousand tax office workers are striking across the West Country today angry about proposed job cuts. The office in Barnstaple is one of those scheduled to close. It's the biggest in the region and thirty jobs are at risk.

Unions are staging walk-outs across the country this week. Twenty three tax offices are on the verge of closing.

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