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Coming up on Wednesday's programme.
Our hospitals battle their busiest winter period ever.
The system is very, very congested at the moment.
So, a system that was already very full, the last thing
you need is to be closing areas to further admissions.
Why the rise of a "sleeping" disease with no symptoms
New Year - New Hopes and fears for Brexit.
Our politicians make their predictions for 2017.
The temperatures dropping overnight, bringing a sharp frost. I will have
all the weather details. First tonight, our
hospitals at crisis point - again - with some A
departments saying this festive period has been
their busiest ever. Tonight, the Lister,
Milton Keynes Hospital, Kettering General and
Peterborough are all on what is called "Black Alert" -
operating at full capacity. And Northampton General has more
acute patients this evening It has prompted fresh calls
for patients to stay away from A unless it is a genuine emergency.
Stuart Ratcliffe reports. Here in Northampton,
every day for the last ten years, this A department
has seen an increase We have shades of black now, like
most of the rest of the country. In reality, what does it mean
if a hospital is on black alert? It means we stop a lot of things
that we would normally do and focus all of our attention
on the urgent care system. We may be stopping some
routine operations. But we are really spending
every degree of effort, discretionary effort, particularly
on sorting the situation out. One particular pressure
point this year has been the number of patients
with severe respiratory problems - problems which could have
been avoided had the patients sought help from their GP
before infection set in. We had a very large
number of people who required some mechanical
support on ventilation, But that got to the point
where we had to bring in more ventilators, we had to hire them in.
We did that and it was great. People had to change
what they were doing, in terms of teams supporting
these very sick people. They did a fabulous job.
But it was a lot of hard work. At Addenbrooke's in Cambridge,
the hospital is not only it is also now trying to cope
with an outbreak of flu. There are ten ward
areas currently closed because of patients
admitted with flu. We are putting restrictions on the
number of visitors to the hospital, in order to reduce
the risk Of people bringing flu into the hospital
and transmitting that to both Over in Peterborough,
the hospital is also struggling. It has gone beyond black
alert, operating at The more patients you have,
the more difficult it becomes for us all to give the degree of care
and attention that we wish to do So, it is certainly not
a position any of us But we and our system
partners are working as hard as possible, to try
and get the number down and to try and increase
the flow through the hospital, therefore,
reducing the pressure Our ambulance services
are also under pressure. Both the East of England and South
Central seeing a surge in demand. The largest increase has been
in the East Midlands. Over the Christmas
and New Year period, the number of red calls, that is,
potentially life-threatening calls, doubled and, in the first
six hours of 2017, the Ambulance Service received
1,153 emergency calls. What ambulance trusts
and hospitals fear now is a sharp updrop in temperature,
which would mean A further rise in the burn. -- team
earned. With me now is Dr Adrian Boyle,
from the College of Emergency Medicine, and a consultant
at A at Addenbrooke's. Dr Boyle, why are winter
pressures this year so bad? This is a situation which has been
building for a long time. We simply do not have enough beds.
What is the risk of running at full capacity?
Absolutely. Infection control is a big problem. But we are also having
to postpone other activities. It all has a knock-on effect.
What is the knock-on effect of emergency departments
being full on the rest of the health care system?
From what I hear, all my colleagues in primary care are operating at
capacity, as well. The information can be confusing, because you
sometimes get told to stay away from accident and emergency, but when you
phone 101, you are often called -- instructed to go to accident and
emergency. This is not so much about accident emergency, it is more about
people who need to be admitted to hospital.
What is needed to improve the situation right now?
Planned activities are bound to be cancelled.
Is there extra money available from the central NHS coffers
for extreme circumstances? Should there be?
We actually have the least number of parents of any country in Europe. We
need two things. We need more hospital beds and we need better
social care. We keep hearing that the health services are having to
make big cuts all the time. That is a big problem. What is the morale
wake amongst staff? When we get colluding waitress, clearly, it puts
pressure on everyone. Thank you very much for joining us.
A 38-year-old man from Essex has been arrested
in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Cambridgeshire
The incident happened in Yaxley, near Peterborough, yesterday.
Police are trying to establish whether it is
linked to the discovery of a briefcase full of cash nearby.
A quiet moment on the edge of the busy road. Tributes been left at the
spot where two young men were hit by a car yesterday, after which the
driver drove off. The two people were believed to be in the late
teens or early 20s. Our condolences go out to the loved ones of the
families of the two young men who tragically lost their lives
yesterday. It is a very sad time. Normally, the sort of thing does not
happen around here. As you can see, you can see how fast and busy this
road is. Officers searching for the driver of BMW the arrested a man in
Chelmsford last night and arrested him on suspicion of actual bodily
harm. They want to see if the suspect is linked at a break-in at
the nearby address, after the suitcase full of money was found
nearby. Doctors in Peterborough
say they are seeing a growing number of patients
with "sleeping Tuberculosis". Unlike active TB,
there are no symptoms But health chiefs are keen
to ensure the bug does not A screening programme rolled out
in May has seen the highest number of samples being
processed in the UK. It is an airborne infection
that affects the lungs. Tuberculosis was a big
killer in this country Fast-forward to the 21st century,
and so-called sleeping tuberculosis As long as we pick it up
early, it shouldn't cause At this clinic in Peterborough,
patients deemed to be at risk from the latent infection
are being invited in for screening. There is a lot of different groups
coming to Peterborough, so obviously, as their doctors,
we really want to protect them and we also want to protect our
other patients, as well. So, I think, finding a disease
like latent TB early and treating it helps protect both the patients,
but also the rest of The vaccine for TB was phased out
a decade ago, but rising levels of migration from high-risk
countries has seen health bosses in Cambridgeshire introduce a pilot
screening programme. We have got about 12 practices
involved across Peterborough and the pilot has been
running since May. We have had a fantastic
response from our GP teams. They have screened over 250 people
and we have now got 30 people in treatment for the latent form
of the disease that, otherwise, would not have known
that they had it. One of 60 programmes in the country,
it has sent in the highest number Data from the region's clinical
commissioning groups show that between 2013 and 2015, there were,
on average, 26 cases of TB detected in Milton Keynes,
42 across Northamptonshire, 63 in Luton, and 85
in Cambridgeshire - the highest number in this
part of the region. It is estimated that a third
of the world's population is infected with latent
TB and one in ten goes A century ago, TB was a big
problem in this country, but improved housing and sanitation
has seen a stark drop in figures. Scientists in this Cambridge
laboratory have sequenced the TB genome, looking at drug-resistant
bugs, in order to find In the United Kingdom,
the rates of tuberculous have declined over the last few years
and, I think, last year, there were about 6,000 cases,
which was down from about But tuberculosis has never
disappeared from the UK and is unlikely to do
so in the foreseeable future. While latent TB is not contagious,
doctors are urging people who have settled in this country in the past
five years to be tested, in order to help eradicate this
once-widespread illness. A non-league footballer
from Hitchin Town has been sacked, after abusing Bournemouth midfielder
Harry Arter over the death Alfie Barker, who is 19,
posted, "Big hype, just for a disappointment,
like the nine months leading up Barker issued an apology
on Wednesday for his "disgraceful It has been revealed that a level
crossing in Bedfordshire where a driver died yesterday
was due to be replaced The man's car was hit by a train
close to Lidlington, near Marston Moretaine,
at around ten o'clock British Transport Police
are investigating. Network Rail say a consultation has
already started to find a suitable The line is due to be upgraded,
as part of plans to improve east-west rail links
between Bedford and Cambridge. -- and is due to appear in court
next month. -- the Chino Ajax accused of murder is due to appear
in court next month. You're watching Look East
with David and me. Stay with us for the debut novelist
who's just won a top award. Alex has got your
weather forecast, and we're at the zoo on the day
they made sure everyone Well, whatever your views
on politics, you have to admit 2016 was a watershed year,
both here and across the world. David Cameron out of Downing Street
in the summer after Britain And Donald Trump heading
for the White House. All this week, our correspondents
are gazing into their crystal balls to consider what the year
ahead will bring. Tonight, our political correspondent
Andrew Sinclair talks to political figures in our region about a 2017
which will almost certainly be Last year's referendum led to the
creation of a newspaper. Published in Norwich, the New Year appearance
reflects the views -- views of those who voted to stay and six months on,
many haven't given up hope. A portion of our readers are holding
out that we will get a second opportunity to back out of this
through a second referendum or a general election. Brexit will
dominate British politics for a long time to come. The only thing we know
is that nobody knows anything right now. It may be two years ago but
there is growing pressure on the government to explain how Brexit
will affect us. MPs of all parties say the uncertainty is starting to
worry local employers. EasyJet, an airline based on European travel
being easy, Vauxhall, where we can't get away with higher tariffs, that
is one small part of our region. We need answers many of these
questions. Politicians will be at the forefront of this year's Brexit
negotiations. The early work will be done here at the European Parliament
and one of our Euro MPs will pay eight key role. -- play a key role.
I want to keep as many things the same. The EU is over half of our
exports for the Easterby and and I want to make sure that doesn't fall
off a cliff. At Westminster, Ben Gummer is in charge of making sure
government departments are prepared for Brexit. Agriculture Secretary,
Andrea Leadsom, will have to make it work for farmers. Stuart Jackson is
a key aide to David Davis. Meanwhile those of our MPs that leading
figures in the leave campaign will be watching closely. Worried that
some in the government will be trying to drag their feet. We know
there are people in Parliament that have made it clear that they don't
accept the result and want to play the long game. The Longo time we
take to exit, the more chance of some event occurring which would put
it off. You sound like you were worried this may never happen. I am.
It seems appropriate that 2017 should've started with fireworks at
Westminster. A lot more will follow as Brexit begins.
Peter Bone is worried that Brexit may yet be scuppered - is he right?
Look at the row over the resignation of our ambassador in Brussels. There
is this suspicion that there are elements of the civil service, the
press, Parliament who will try to scupper Brexit or slow things down
and not make it work. The official line from Whitehall is that the
referendum must be respected. We are leaving. If you look at the Labour
Party, there are MPs like -- that feel they will vote against article
15. Norman Lamb wants a second referendum and hinting they will
slow things down in Parliament. Six months on, I am still speaking to
people who believe Brexit can be stopped. They believe it can be
stopped. I think it is a long shot but people are trying. We will be
talking a lot Brexit but will anything change? On one front, no.
The Brexit talks will have just begun and we will be for members of
the European Union. What I think will be far more different will be
uncertainty. Gavin was talking about that in my piece. Firms and
institutions, research is Egyptian plan five or ten years ahead and
students plan five or ten years ahead. What our future relationship
will be is something that will worried them and we will be talking
a lot about that. Which voter would you say symbolised Margaret
Thatcher's success in the 1980s? That will be Essex man. That is
right. That's right and Essex
man, or at least some It follows news that commercial
vehicles are being banned from parking on a new housing
estate in Colchester. The builder, Persimmon Homes, said
the rule was designed to protect The local MP said the ban
sounds like snobbery. The Luke Wood Meadows estate has
already made headlines. He was set by his 300,000 dream home until he
realised he wouldn't be able to park his works fan outside his house
because of a restrictive covenant that bars commercial vehicles. Not
far from the estate, builders were working on an extension and Matthew,
plumbing and heating engineer, said he thought the van ban was unfair.
It is ridiculous and discriminating against someone who goes to work and
works hard. Just because they use a van, it is outrageous. At the
florist, they use a van fit delivers and were not impressed. It labels
people with the type of jobs that they do. It is good enough to be an
office worker but not good enough to be a tradesman and park your vehicle
at your own property. Colchester's MP is a former property lawyer and
he wants an end to restrictive covenants that Bob commercial
vehicles. There were lots of hard working people that rely on vans,
use bands often. It is their only mode of transport and say they can
build a house but not able to live in one because they can't park there
than there is snobbery. Persimmon Homes,, they said...
At the estate, residents said they were happy with the band but not
all. People should be allowed to have whatever vehicle they wish. If
they purchased out -- purchased a house, they should have whatever
vehicle parked on the driveway. The only white van we spotted was
leaving. The writer from Cambridge who's won
a major award for his first novel. Francis Spufford
is best-known for his His latest work, Golden Hill,
is his first novel and it's won the Costa Book Award
for a debut novel. I'm delighted to say Francis
is in our Cambridge newsroom now. Good evening. Well, congratulations.
Thank you very much. Before we go into how you found out about this
award, what is the book about? It is about a suspicious in man with a
suspicious name of Smithfield intones opinion New York in winter
1746 when instead of being a gigantic world city, it is still
basically a village where everyone knows everyone. You are not used to
being a well published author. How did you make the transition? Was
there something you always had in your mind that you thought one day
you would put it to paper? Not this thing but I always thought I had an
appointment with fiction sometime in the future. Code is held me back for
years and years. It is only now in my 50s that I felt I wouldn't make a
total fool of myself if I did it. They say there is a good book in
most people. In 2007, you were nominated a Royal fellow of the
Royal Society of literature. Here you have done it and you have this
prestigious award. I suppose anybody watching, if you have an idea, do
it. Absolutely but this is where the writing teacher in me comes out. It
is extremely hard work getting from the golden glowing idea through to
the actual words on the page and it is a process of turmoil and
compromise and disappointment from time to time. It is worth
persisting. When did you find out you have the award? I have to reveal
the inner workings because they told me before Christmas and I have been
sitting on this news and biting my tongue for the last ten days.
Difficult to keep that information. Wouldn't it be great to have
revealed it before Christmas? I couldn't possibly comment. The think
you now is you have the debut novel and it has done well. If you get the
overall award, you now have the difficult second album of coming up
with another album. There is two in their jostling like two fat people
trying to get through a revolving door. It is about London over the
last 50 or 60 years starting with a bang. Congratulations again.
What do lions, giraffes, ringtailed lemurs and Madagascan
Well they were all part of the big annual
stock take today at the Africa Alive Zoo near Lowestoft.
In fact every zoo has to count all its animals
You can't miss a giraffe but at Africa Alive Zoo, they have to count
them all the same. You are going to steal it all? We have four. Not easy
to tell apart if you don't work with them every day. When you do, you can
easily see how different they lock. No surprises. Zoe locks the official
number and the giraffes are ticked off the list. We do it to make sure
our records are the same as what we have and we put it on a large
database and nine times out of ten, we have the same and it matches up.
The only times he might not as if we have a birth. They have 2000 animals
at the zoo and they are not big. These are Madagascan hissing
cockroaches. There is an angry one. What causes them to hiss? Little
holes in their body. They suck in air and blow it out. They live in
the same place as the ring tailed lemur and they like to eat them for
their dinner. These are the ring tailed lemurs. All males and keen to
get their hands on some snacks. The keepers thought there were nine and
there are nine. Most of the time, that is how it is. You do get to see
new births and it is an excuse to walk over. It is nice to see the new
arrivals because you don't always see them if you work in a different
part of the park. They will start to crunch the numbers and arrive at the
official total and they'll do it all again in the year's time.
The lemur's always steal the show. I have held a scorpion and a cockroach
but not at the same time. Good evening. It will be eight very
cold night night. This was a dramatic photograph that caught my
eye in Bedfordshire. We have had photographs of rainbow sent in by
some of you. This is where the showers have been falling. There
hasn't been a huge amount of them. This weather front brought us some
patchy rain and it set up this cold northerly wind. It has felt bitter
in that wind and that is what has brought in the showers. There is the
risk of further showers as we go through the evening but they should
fade away. The biggest risk is the frost. Whether the showers have
fallen, there could be some icy stretches. Elsewhere, dry across
those clear skies and temperatures falling to minus three Celsius. It
could get down low. Really cold start to Thursday. High establishing
itself and lots of fine weather expected tomorrow. It is a cold and
frosty start and we shouldn't have a problem fog overnight. Lots of dry
and bright Weatherford tomorrow. The risk of some showers the parts of
Norfolk and Suffolk. Across the board, lots of wintry sunshine but
turning cold into the afternoon. Temperatures for some of us, no
higher than four Celsius. As we get into the evening and overnight, we
are expecting some dense fog patches to form. That could linger through
much of the morning on Friday. This weather front is going to change
things to a milder regime for the weekend. It will bring some rain
although not expected until my four. The bulk of the day is dry. Some fog
patches lingering. A cold day expected. As we get into the
weekend, it looks as if it will be rather cloudy. Look at those
temperatures. That is all from us. Goodbye.
as he explores Naples, Venice and Florence.
It's like we're walking through a giant's armpit.
We can follow the escape route of Michelangelo.
Mildred is our first student from a non-witching family.
'I've got a good feeling about this year.'
We're looking for someone who can sing, someone who can move.
Someone who can keep an audience on the edge of their seat.
Something like this could change my life.