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A two-week wait to see a GP as demand from patients saw
Demand has massively increased so we are doing another 70 million
consultations over the last five years and actually we haven't
seen a rise in the GP workforce to match that.
Dumped in a cesspit, but she may still have been alive.
The court hears more evidence at the Helen Bailey murder trial.
A boost for the home of British racing -
how a new all-weather track at Newmarket could bring
And I will be 20 feet under the Northamptonshire countryside where
miners will soon be extracting rock to help preserve some of the
country's most historic buildings. First tonight, the growing wait
for a doctors appointment as surgery Look East has carried out a snapshot
survey in our region to find out how long people are having to wait
for a nonurgent appointment While it does vary from practice
by practice, we found that in Milton Keynes the average
wait was eight days. But in Northamptonshire,
patients will wait up to two weeks In fact, one practice in the country
told us the wait was five weeks. Some GP surgeries are trying
to improve appointment waiting times Trevor Whitby survived
a heart attack. The 70-year-old grandfather now
needs regular checkups Today, he's being seen at a duty
clinic nurse Richardson at Today, he's being seen at a duty
clinic by nurse Kim Richardson at Are you happy to
have your injection? Nurse Richardson is one
of a bank of 20 nurses here. Four of them are paired to each
doctor, helping to lighten Two years ago, we introduced
nurse led clinics. What that allowed us to do
was to employ teams of four That allowed us to increase
the number of appointments which were available by using not
only the GP's skills but also the skills that are often overlooked
within the nursing team. On average, Look East has been told
patients in Cambridge and Peterborough face a wait
to see their own GP of up Much has been said of the winter
challenge facing the NHS, some calling it the worst winter
ever faced by the health service. And it's our A departments
like here at Hinchingbrooke Hospital that have been dealing with a higher
than usual number of But they're not alone in facing up
to the winter challenge. Faced with a tightening budget,
fewer resources and more patients through their doors,
it's the front line of GP surgeries The group that's responsible
for making decisions on local health care say GPs are under more strain
in a challenging financial climate. At the moment we have a real
shortage of GPs, the demand has massively increased so we are doing
another 70 million consultations over the last five years
and actually we haven't seen a rise Sometimes it can take more than a
week in order to speak to someone on the phone, so that's frustrating.
They had said to your doctor within a couple of days and check out this,
that and the next thing and it is worrying if you can't get through.
They put us on a voting list and they said maybe a week or two or
maybe three or foul or six weeks but they gave us no answer whatsoever.
-- they put us on a waiting list. of working, putting nurses
at the front line. It's just one way in which the very
idea of a GP surgery is having to change in order to survive
under growing pressure. Waseem Mirza, BBC
Look East, Wisbech. Well, the Department of Health has
a target to recruit 5000 more GPs by 2020 and put more money
into out-of-hours services. I asked Doctor Jonathan Ireland
from Northamptonshire's Local Medical Committee to explain
the scale of the problem. GPs see about 340 million
consultations a year. That is a rise of about 40 million over the last
eight or nine years. That worth the increase in pressure on hospitals,
which we have a lot about in the news and at the same time the
funding in general practices has declined by about 11% over the same
period. We have a rising elderly population, we had a geek reason
number of GPs due to their recruitment crisis, which has been
caused by unsustainable workloads. 60% of GPs feel their work is
unsustainable. The Department of Health is pledging the funding but
the National Audit Office report out today points to the value for money
in the current system whereby if you are opening hours you get is that of
money that is arrogant out of hours -- but is open out of hours you get
pop-up funding. Is that fair? The 24 hour society, I don't get paid extra
quality test my shift. It is about resources and capacity in the
system. You have to ask how much work can GPs do in a day, how much
work can an individual GP work during a day and then continue to
work at night and weekends as well. Most GPs to do what are called
extended hours, in the evenings or at weekends, which is funded
additionally because of course, GPs are responsible for the whole
funding of their practice, including their staffing and their premises
and all the infrastructure costs. Given the pressures on the job at
the moment and the uncertainty about the future is still an attractive
career? At the moment I think we can see from the problem of recruitment
and retention that it isn't as attractive as it should be because
actually, it is a great job. Helping people and helping people with their
health problems and the satisfaction from that is very great but you have
to have the time to spend with people, which of course is at
tension with having a large number of people wanting to see doctors.
How does that happen? What would make GP's lives easier in the next
Young months? We need to see is a more sustainable workload so to some
extent it is about making the plans that are in place reasonable without
knocking general practice over. At the moment that general practice is
meant to pick up the pieces and have the best of the NHS out.
Tomorrow, we'll be looking at the crisis in our
hospitals and we'd like to hear if you've been affected.
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Next night, the jury at the Helen Bailey murder trial has
heard that she may still have been alive when she was dumped
Home Office pathologist Doctor Nat Cary told the court
that the children's author could have been put in martial arts
neck lock while drugged and then suffocated.
Her body was found in the septic tank beneath her Herefordshire home
three months after she was reported missing by her partner, Ian Stewart.
Kate Bradbrook was in court and joins us from St Albans now.
Yes, the prosecution evidence today centred around the state of Helen
Bailey's body when it was recovered from that cesspit and also the fact
that traces of a sleeping drug were found in her system. Now, it is
claimed that Helen Bailey was sedated weeks before she died and
then killed by her fiance, Ian Stewart. We also heard it was
possible she could still have been alive when she entered the septic
tank. Forensic pathologist
Doctor Nathaniel Cary, the first witness to be called
in this case. He performed the postmortem
on Helen Bailey's body when it was discovered in a cesspit
at her home in Royston three months He told the court he couldn't
be sure how she died. He said she was found fully
clothed but barefoot, We heard the cold water had
slowed the composition We heard the cold water had
slowed the decomposition and that there was no evidence
of any injuries But we heard in this case a sleeping
drug called Zopiclone was found It had been prescribed to the
accused, Ian Stewart, in January. Doctor Cary said that
although he couldn't roll out the possibility Helen Bailey
was alive when she entered the water, the drug may have made
it easier to kill her Doctor Cary said the drug had been
going into Helen Bailey's system The court also heard levels
of Zopiclone found in her hair suggested she ingested the drug
on multiple occasions. The prosecution allege Ian Stewart
had plotted to sedate and kill his fiancee in order
to inherit much of her Ian Stewart denies murder,
perverting the course of justice, fraud and preventing
a lawful burial. Now, we also heard today the
postmortem tests on Helen Bailey's. Also proved inconclusive in finding
a cause of death. Tomorrow, the expected to hear from Helen Bailey's
brother. This case is expected to last about seven weeks.
Next, it's been a bumper year for Luton airport with more
than 14 million passengers travelling through the airport
in the last 12 months, making 2016 its busiest year ever.
And the airport has plans to expand even further in the coming year,
Later in the UK's fifth busiest airport and throughout 2016 its
passenger numbers continued to climb. Demand for UK air travel
remains at an all-time high and last year they broke all records with
growth at 18.5% growth. We also saw our busiest Christmas ever with the
first time ever the past 1 million passengers in December and that is
growth of around 25% based on the same period last year. Without is
raging about future expansion at Heathrow and Gatwick, Martin is
taking advantage by wanting to further increase its passenger
numbers. Cartoonist taking advantage. It is undergoing huge
redevelopment and passengers will rise from 12 million to 8 million by
20 20. Those developments include the redesign of its main passenger
terminal and the construction of a new multistorey car park. Are
spending an hundred and ?10 million redeveloping the entire airport,
transforming the passenger experience. 110 the compounds. In
the next few months passengers will start to the that transformation
come to life. Later this year, the airport also apply for planning
permission for a new tram system, which will connect Luton airport
Parkway rail station with the terminal building. It is new
connection also attract more passengers. Of course, my passengers
means my flights, something not everyone in the surrounding villages
support. But the airport's management and Luton Borough Council
say growth at the airport is vital to the towns and country's economy.
A deaf amateur sailor from Cambridge has beaten an Olympic medallist
Gavin Reid, who had no sailing experience, was taking part
in the Clipper round the world yacht race when he responded to an SOS
if oil off the New South Wales coast of Australia.
in the Clipper round the world yacht race when he responded to an SOS
off the New South Wales coast of Australia.
A crewman of a boat nearby had got stuck at the top of his mast.
And for his daring rescue, the 28-year-old has now picked Rio
And for his daring rescue, the 28-year-old has now pipped Rio
gold medallist Giles Scott, also from Cambridgeshire,
Let's join Stewart and Susie for the rest of
Still to come tonight Alex will mention the S word.
at Newmarket as they unveil plans for an all weather track.
And new slate from an old mine -
There's been a 14% drop in the number of undergraduates
applying to study at Cambridge University next year ..
and many academics say it's another sign of the impact
Today a leading professor in Cambridge appealed to MPs to make
the free movement of staff and students a priority
If it doesn't happen she said uur universities will suffer.
Let's get more from our political correspondent Andrew Sinclair
If anyone will be affected by Brexit, it is our universities such
as Cambridge. There was a delegation to Brussels shortly after the vote.
It is not a concern about the loss of funding, it is a concern about
the loss of the staff and students. It would probably be the biggest
disaster for the university sector in many years. A college in Oxford,
the event, it is the first public hearing by a committee of MPs about
how Brexit is affecting universities. We have seen a 14%
reduction in the number of applications from the European
Union. That was the first of several revelations. From what the
University can tell, some EU students are thinking twice about
coming to Cambridge. They are worried about the uncertainty of
funding, anti-immigrant sentiment, and loss of possible collaboration
with EU institutions going forward. But her more pressing concern was
the impact Brexit will have on staff. Researchers make universities
great, and if they want reasons to come here, they may go elsewhere. It
is a concern held by many institutions. At the University of
East Anglia, 350 staff are from the EU. Leading researchers are globally
mobile. Uncertainty about fundamental things like immigration,
Visa and work status, any uncertainty there is a problem.
Those who supported the accents there is uncertainty. But say
universities could do well. There could be more money, less red tape
and easier to bring in staff from outside the EU. The MP for Essex
University says it could be a exciting future. The opportunities
to go global are considerable from Brexit. It is up to universities to
talk about how full the class is. Not the empty bit with the
uncertainty at the moment. It will depend on what she can negotiate.
That will take time. The uncertainty for universities will continue.
Professor Barnard from Cambridge says universities in Ireland and
Germany are making overtures to British staff and researchers. MPs
were told they excepted Brexit could bring advantages, but on the whole,
they are pretty nervous about the future.
Have you ever parked in a parking space set aside for drivers
Who don't have a blue badge or small children
Now a Co-op supermarket in Suffolk is taking drastic action.
Around 50 parking fines being issued - every day.
This isn't a knee jerk reaction by the East
of England Co-op, quite the
In 2014, it started putting up warning
signs and had people in
the car park in its store at Combs Ford,
Over the last month, it has been relying on an enforcement firm.
The Co-op knew it had a problem here.
That is why it brought in this private company in the first place.
But even it has been surprised by the figures over a ten day period
It demonstrates, says the company, apathy among drivers
I need that room to get in and out of my car.
You dare not say anything because, if you do, you get a load of abuse.
There are 100 spaces in the car park, with eight set aside for
drivers with disabilities, six for young families,
and one for people making a quick stop to use the cash machine.
The Co-op says, while there is always discretion with
every case, it has a duty to keep the designated areas free for those
I think we got to the point where we tried education, we
tried to speak to people, we try that on a one-to-one basis.
And in some cases, actually, we received
The only way we could do that is to a
People need to follow the rules, the rules are there to be followed.
The punishment is ?60 if paid within two
All the money goes to the enforcement
Of the 500 or so fines issued, 125 have been paid, 33
The position with the remainder is so far unclear.
But some drivers are determined to dig in.
But that's the ATM bay with my kids and partner.
She used the ATM Bay, three minutes, three
or four days later I got a
The Co-op has around 120 food outlets in the
As for whether more sites could follow suit, it says any
decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
For decades, racegoers at Newmarket have enjoyed horse racing across six
months of the year - at two different courses.
There's the July course and there's the Rowley Mile.
But now there are big plans for a third -
an all weather track to allow racing to continue through the winter.
The new track would be one of only six winter
The new track would be one of only six winter courses in this country,
Newmarket, the world's biggest racing training Centre.
The land behind us will see the introduction of an all weather
Now, an all weather facility proposed on this site near
the links golf course, allowing racing through the winter months.
Newmarket trains 40% of UK flat horses.
It makes sense to build an all weather racecourse here where we
can stage racing across the three courses throughout the year.
The plan is dependent on Kempton Park
Part of the ?100 million raised would be spent on the new track.
Significant that one third of all horses racing at Kempton are
The value of Newmarket's horse racing industry to
And an all-weather facility allowing racing all year round means
For the past two decades, trainer Mark
Tompkins has been campaigning for an all-weather track here.
To cut down costs and travelling times for
I think you have to look forward, you have
And if you've got that, they've got plenty
And if you've got that, they've got plenty of space here still to
And especially for the younger trainers, they can
But there are always winners and losers.
Less than one hour away is another all-weather track,
And there are fears Newmarket's plans would affect them,
with top trainers opting to race closer to home.
We don't see it as a threat to us or a problem.
The transfer of the fixtures from Kempton will go to Newmarket.
The main focus is that we now have planning permission for a
grandstand and a casino, a turf track.
Chelmsford clearly has its own ambitious plans.
To have the best all-weather track in Europe.
For 600 years Collyweston Slate has been used to roof some of the most
From the Guildhall in London to King's College Cambridge.
So now an old mine in the Northamptonshire
of Collyweston has been re-opened to help meet demand.
Deep beneath the Northamptonshire countryside, a new tunnel is being
done. The much sought-after stone they are planning to extract will be
used to restore some historic buildings. A new 80 metre long
tunnel. The miners have just ten metres today before hitting the
slate they want. It will be the first excavated for many years. The
Guildhall in London have a slate roof from this stone. This building
will have the first delivery to replace the old tiles. It will be a
matter for our business. At the moment, using the reclaim supply of
state. If we don't get it, the skills will be lost. Far are
business to survive and the local historical buildings, we need the
supply. To get to the rock face, experts have been brought in to help
open up the new tunnel. We are in a new mine. It has been filled up with
waste rock. We are driving this tunnel through the back of mine to
reach the mineral that wasn't mind when they stopped mining 50 years
ago. One update is the use of the industrial freezer. Planning to use
it to crack the rock into benches. You need frost to get into the
laminations of the stone and split it. We do not get the winters we
used to get. In order to get area liable production, it needs to be
mechanised with this big freezer unit. Within weeks, for the first
time in a generation, this might well be producing precious stone. It
is a rebirth for the local slate and a 600-year-old industry.
It is cold. Here is a Dalmatian walking through the trees. Clear
skies, a cold at night and last night. Cold air digging in. Into
those single figures. The ten a touch of frost in sheltered spot
through the night. A cold start to the day tomorrow. Tomorrow, governed
by this weather system coming in from the west. That could mean
wintry weather. A yellow warning for snow and ice. Essentially, this
weather system is going to bring rain, but mild air heating cold air,
and that could turn to sleet or snow. A dry start with increasing
amounts of blood. Rain spreading to all areas by the afternoon. Made or
late afternoon, particularly north of Western counties, some of this
rain turning to sleet or snow. A cold day, so quite treacherous
conditions around rush hour. For services is the height. The
continuation of the wintry flavour to things. Through the evening.
Certainly some ice around, it could be a problem. It could be slash, but
accumulations are possible. Be aware of the risk going through the day
tomorrow. Made too late afternoon. Then, Friday, this weather system
coming down from the East Coast. Better northerly wind developing,
gales on the coast, wintry showers. For many of us, dry and bright with
some sunshine for Friday. A sharp frost following, and still be cold
theme continues. The wind eases a little, come up for Saturday.
Certainly the wintry weather for tomorrow with the risk of gales for
Friday. Tomorrow looks delightful! We must
have our heating on. No need for that. Good night.
I think my political beliefs are really quite straightforward.
I believe that our country needs to work for everyone.
Not just for the rich, not just for the privileged,
not just for those who know the right people or who've got
the loudest voices, but a country that really works for everyone,
has the opportunity to be who they want to be.
In order to make sure that the country works for everyone,
Standing up for the vulnerable, for the voiceless,