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Woman who died in Wiltshire house fire had been having a party

The outbuilding in Blunsdon was totally gutted by the fire Credit: ITV News

It's emerged a woman who died in a house fire in Wiltshire on Thursday night, had been having a party to watch the England football game.

The friends had all gathered in a converted garage in Blunsdon near Swindon to watch the match. But hours later the extension burned down.

Investigations are focusing around a wood-burning stove that had been used to cook food for the barbecue.

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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

Midwife strikes cause maternity unit rescheduling

Weston General Hospital maternity unit may have to re-schedule non-urgent appointments on Monday 13 October when midwives go on strike.

The hospital assures the public that women in labour in our unit or who need emergency treatment will be cared for as normal.

During Monday’s strike action by trade union members, there may be some disruption to services at Weston General Hospital but we expect this to be minimal. All our emergency services will be operating as normal, including our Emergency Department, midwifery unit, Intensive Care Unit, High Care unit, Theatres, and cancer patient services.

While we are not anticipating the need to cancel appointments, nevertheless on Monday, we are asking people not to come to the Hospital unless it is absolutely essential. Patients with a pre-arranged appointment should arrive as normal.

– Sheridan Flavin, Weston Area Health NHS

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Anger from nurses as hospitals prepare for strikes

Hospitals across the South West have been making plans to cope with Monday's strike by nurses, care workers, and paramedics.

They're due to walk out between 7-11am on Monday 13 October and will be joined by Midwives who are striking for the first time.

Staff in four unions voted decisively for action after the Government decided not to award a one per cent pay rise.

Suzy Franklin from Derriford UNISON says frustrations are running high.

Family metres away from fire that killed woman

Investigations continuing following the death of a woman in a fire in Swindon.

Crews were called to Turnpike Road in Blunsdon shortly after midnight by a passer-by who thought there was a garage on fire.

A woman in her late fifties was pronounced dead at the scene. The fire service say victims family were asleep in the main house just metres away.

The fire is not thought to be suspicious.

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