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Ambulance staff join national walk out over pay

Ambulance staff on the picket line outside the Exeter ambulance station Credit: ITV News

Health workers in the south west have been taking part in a four hour strike today.

Members of the GMB and Unison unions walked out at 7 o'clock this morning in an ongoing dispute over pay. It's the second wave of industrial action being taken by health workers. They took similar action last month.

Today's four-hour walk out will be followed by a work-to-rule which will last until the end of the month.

The workers are calling for a 1% pay rise, which the Government says it can't afford Credit: ITV News

700 blood donations needed in Plymouth over Xmas

Around 700 blood donations are needed in Plymouth to maintain supplies over the Christmas holidays.

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on registered donors as well as new ones to make appointments ahead of the festive period.

A single blood donation can save or improve up to three lives.

Blood donations in storage. Credit: PA


Having a brain tumour is like 'living with a time bomb'

The UK's first Research Centre of Excellence into low grade brain tumours opened at Plymouth University today.

It's been part-financed by the charity Brain Tumour Research. It will focus on taking research out of the laboratory and into drug testing and clinical trials.

Sandra Bayly's daughter has a brain tumour. She describes it as like living with a time bomb.

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