One of London's largest trusts has won a last-ditch court battle to avert strike action planned for next week.

University College London Hospitals trust went to the High Court on Tuesday to seek an injunction against the Unison strike, claiming it 'would not constitute a legal trade dispute'.

A statement said: 'UCL Hospitals believes strike action would be unlawful because it relates to terms and conditions in the future of staff who will not then be trust employees.'

The week-long strike, due to begin on Monday, was called in response to the trust's alleged failure to guarantee terms and conditions for up to 600 staff likely to transfer to the private sector under a 160m PFI scheme.