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Getty Images Passengers are being disrupted as rail services are hit by more strikes, with some firms running no trains at all. Some 6,500 train drivers at nine rail companies, who are members of the Aslef union, are staging their latest 24-hour walkout in a dispute over pay. There have been several rail strikes this
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BBC News England’s health chiefs say they will create an extra 7,000 beds to tackle “substantial” pressures this winter. It comes after government scientific advisers warned that “high numbers of beds may be needed for respiratory patients”. The extra beds will include more temporary units at hospital sites and 2,500 “virtual ward spaces” with patients
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Getty Images Sainsbury’s is joining other supermarket chains in removing disposable barbecues from its shop shelves due to the risk of fire. Marks and Spencer, Aldi and Waitrose have already halted sales and fire brigades have called for all retailers to follow suit. Sainsbury’s said the policy was a precautionary measure, but did not say
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Getty Images The number of people waiting longer than two years for routine operations in England has fallen from 22,500 at the start of the year, to fewer than 200, according to NHS figures. This excludes more than 2,500 who are complex cases or chose not to travel for speedier treatment. NHS England said it
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Getty Images No 10 has ruled out Boris Johnson introducing immediate measures to help people with rising energy costs. It comes as CBI director-general Tony Danker called for “all hands to the pump”, echoing ex-Labour PM Gordon Brown’s call for swift intervention in the cost-of-living crisis. And Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has called for
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