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<b> Weds Dec 23:</b> Firefighters back strike call, aid for street drinkers and a bit of this and that

Published on December 23rd 2009.


FIREFIGHTERS BACK A CALL FOR STRIKE ACTION over an ongoing “staffing crisis” in the emergency service.

The call comes after grassroot firefighters are furious over the axing of 80 front-line jobs and other measures in an effort to save money. Merseyside’s Fire Brigade Union said 70 percent of their members returned ballot papers, and seven in 10 of those supported taking action. Chief Fire Officer Tony McGuirk said, “Any industrial action will have no impact on our ability to continue to provide an outstanding service.”

STREET DRINKERS ARE TO BE GIVEN HELP TO QUIT ALCOHOL in a pilot scheme coordinated between Liverpool PCT and the city council. It will see those who drink heavily in public places offered help and given access to health and social services to help them stop drinking.

Dr Paula Grey, director of public health for Liverpool said, “Street drinkers have difficulty in gaining access to healthcare services, especially psychiatric services.”

NORTH WEST PEOPLE ARE HEALTHIER THAN LONDONERS according to research conducted by a Liverpool health insurnace company. Medicash surveyed 3,000 people across 11 regions. The North West came in the fifth healthiest behind East Midlands, South East, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and Humberside and Wales. Londoners are revealed as the unhealthiest people in the UK.

A HOMELESS MAN TRAPPED BY RAILINGS had to be rescued by firefighters after looking for somewhere to sleep. Firefighters were called to Mount Pleasant in Liverpool city centre just after 8am yesterday morning and had to cut away the fence to free the man.

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