Jeremy Hunt gives NHS less than half the extra cash it asked for as experts warn hospital upgrades at risk
NHS England had forecast a £7bn shortfall in its funding next year but Jeremy Hunt has handed hospitals £3.3bn instead with which he says officials are happyThe health service will receive an extra £3.3bn in each of the next two years with the Chancellor telling MPs during his Autumn Statement he had been assured the funding would mean the health service can hit its key priorities.
Thousands of teachers, lecturers and Royal Mail workers are on strike as the latest wave of industrial unrest sweeps across the country. Picket lines were mounted outside schools, universities and Royal Mail centres on Thursday, November 24, as tens of thousands of workers went on strike in worsening disputes over pay, jobs and conditions. © PA Media Industrial unrest sweeping the country is expected to hit a number of sectors in the coming months
The general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) accused Royal Mail of subjecting its workers to a "psychological attack". The union has rejected the company's 'final' offer and is pressing ahead with a series of strikes in the coming weeks, including on Black Friday (November 25) and Christmas Eve.
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Cameron, 26, defeated fellow nominees GAYLE, Latto, Måneskin and Steve Lacy for the honor. The Disney Channel alum thanked 'the queer community at large' in accepting the award. © Provided by Daily Mail The latest: Dove Cameron won the honors for best new artist of the year at the 2022 American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Sunday 'This is so meaningful to me,' she said. 'I want to start by saying that every award that I ever win will always first and foremost be dedicated to the queer community at large.
Meanwhile, around 70,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) will strike on Thursday and Friday (November 24 and 25), and again on November 30, in a dispute over pay, pensions and contracts. It will be the biggest strike of its kind, affecting an estimated 2.5 million students, with the union warning of escalated action in the new year if the row is not resolved.
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The union said lecturers and other academic staff have suffered a decade of below-inflation pay rises, with a 3 per cent increase announced over the summer. UCU general secretary Jo Grady joined a picket line in Manchester telling the PA news agency that UCU members have "had enough" of falling pay, pension cuts and gig economy working conditions.
Royal Mail strikes: How they will affect your letters and parcels and what services are open
Royal Mail staff are taking strike action in a long-running dispute over pay and the company's modernisation plans.Around 115,000 postal workers are walking out for 48 hours during Thursday and Black Friday.
The action on Thursday comes as further unrest is expected to sweep across the nation for the remainder of the month. RMT workers who work at several key London Underground stations will take strike action on Friday, November 25, while train drivers at 11 operators will be striking on Saturday, November 26 in their long running dispute over pay.
Members of the union Aslef earlier announced that the strikes will effect a number of operators in industrial action which is likely to cause transport misery for many. Train drivers at LNER will also stop working non contractual overtime from November 27 in a dispute over terms and conditions.
Meanwhile, NHS nurses have voted to strike over in a row over pay, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced earlier this month. The RCN said the strikes will take place in the NHS trusts that have met the legal requirements, with action expected before the end of the year. Guys and St Thomas' hospital in London was among those announced in the list with other major hospitals.
Tube strike dates: When London train, Tube and TfL buses will strike in December 2022
More national rail strikes have been organised in December, while bus strikes have been planned in the capital, disrupting Transport for London servicesUnions are calling for better pay for their members amid the cost of living crisis, with inflation now at a 40-year-high of 11.1 per cent.
Bus drivers are also set to strike over this month and next on 59 routes in the run up to Christmas. Over 950 bus staff are set to walk out for ten days over November (22, 25 and 26) and December (1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17) in strike action which will see the affected routes running a heavily reduced service or no service at all.
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Sir Keir Starmer said the strikes were a “badge of shame” for the Government. Speaking during a visit to Birmingham on Friday, the Labour leader said: “The nurses have been driven to this by the Government. That’s a badge of shame for the Government.