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Up to five weeks wait to see a GP - demand surges in surgeries
A court hears a woman may not have been dead when her body
Brexit fears for Cambridge University as admissions
Look East has learned patients in this region are facing long waits
While it varies practice by practice, our snapshot survey
found that for a non-urgent slot in Milton Keynes the average wait
But in Northamptonshire patients will wait up to two weeks and it's
In fact one practice there told us it can go up to five weeks.
Waseem Mirza has been to see how some GP surgeries
Trevor Whitby survived a heart attack.
The 70-year-old grandfather now needs regular checkups
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
In one case, a surgery claimed its patients were facing
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 go to your doctor within a couple of days and check
out this, that and the next thing, and it is worrying if
They put us on a waiting list and they said maybe a week or two
or maybe three or four or six weeks, but they gave us no
North Bank practice says it is pioneering a new way
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 for Health has a target to recruit
5,000 more GPs by 2020 - and put more money into
Earlier, I asked Dr Jonathan Ireland from Northamptonshire's Local
Medical Committee if GPs are willing to work outside of core hours.
Again, it is about resources and capacity in the system.
You have to ask real questions about how much work
Most GPs do 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 at their premises and all
The Department for health has promised 5000 more GPs by 2020.
That will help, won't it, or is it achievable in three years?
I think many people think it's not achievable that to train
that many GPs and then, well, train that many doctors
and then attract them into general practice is a big ask.
More importantly in my view will be to make sure that the promises that
have been given in the GP review of better funding for the actual
budgets for practices as well as the premises,
more sustainable workload and also there are efficiency ways of working
All those things need to be carried out to make the job more attractive
so that people actually want to go into general practice.
What would make GPs' lives easier, just in the next few months?
I think what 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 very moment
when general practice is meant to pick up the pieces and help
Next tonight, the jury at the Helen Bailey murder trial has
heard that she may still have been alive when she was
Her body was found in the tank beneath her Hertfordshire home three
months after she was reported missing by her partner Ian Stewart.
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 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 rule 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.
We also heard today that postmortem tests on Helen Bailey's
dog proved inconclusive in finding a cause of death.
Tomorrow we expect to hear from Helen Bailey's brother.
This case is expected to last around seven weeks.
Kate Bradbrook, BBC Look East, at St Albans Crown Court.
More than 200 people met in Cambridge tonight to discuss
Many Europeans living in the city say they're worried
about losing their right to live and work in the UK.
Earlier in the day, it was revealed there's been a 14% drop
in the number of European undergraduates applying to study
Seven months on and there's still an air of uncertainty in Cambridge.
The vote to Leave the EU took many by surprise
and at a packed meeting tonight, EU nationals living in the largely
pro-Remain city made their feelings known.
Organised by the grassroots campaign Cambridge Stays,
it was clear the government's reluctance to publish
a Brexit plan had left many with unanswered questions.
I would say I am concerned and confused as to what the situation
is going to be formally as a German citizen living in the UK and I have
come here really to get more clarity about what my options are.
I'm very worried indeed because I'm thinking,
all this 40, 50 years, paying tax, national insurance
and everything else, is this all of a sudden
Am I going to be chucked out just because my face don't fit?
I was born in 1991, so I grew up as a European and I grew up
with the feeling that I could move anywhere in the UK and I will be
fine and I would be welcomed, and so Brexit was quite a shock.
There was concern also today at how Brexit is affecting our universities
with MPs taking evidence at a public hearing in Oxford.
We've seen at Cambridge a 14% reduction in the number
of applications from the European Union.
From what the University can tell, many EU students are thinking twice
Students are worried about the uncertainty of funding,
students are worried about anti-immigrant sentiment
and they are also worried about loss of possible collaboration with EU
Reassurance will come from the Prime Minister and what she'll
But that may take months, if not years.
Mousumi Bakshi, BBC Look East, Cambridge.
Controversial plans to build a new canal in Daventry have
It'll be a one and half mile extension from the Grand Union Canal
Daventry District Council says the scheme will include
new waterfront bars and caf s which will encourage tourism
That's all from me - but with snow on the way let's get
We've got some very cold, potentially wintry weather
heading our way over the next few hours and at much colder
Under clear skies, temperatures dropping to low single figures,
so the risk of a touch of frost in sheltered spots, despite the fact
And tomorrow's weather's going to be shaped by this weather system coming
There is a yellow warning out for this part of the country
But we start the day on a dry and potentially bright note.
It will quickly start to turn cloudy with a spell of rain
This could be heavy in places and as that milder air hits the cold
air, the potential is there for some of this to turn to sleet or snow.
It is likely to be quite slushy because it will be falling on wet
ground but the possibility is still there of some
accumulation and a cold day with a northerly wind,
The national weather's coming up, here's the outlook.
A bitterly cold day for Friday with some strong northerly winds.
start to the weekend. Time for the national weather prospects if you
are on the move. Good evening, a lot going on with
the weather in the next few days, numerous weather warnings in for so
buried in mind if you have travel plans. Lots of isobars on the chart
overnight which means it will be windy for all. The strongest winds
in Scotland, lots of wintry showers with snow getting down to
increasingly low levels and some wintry showers in Northern Ireland
and northern England. A cold night for Northern England, particularly
in more rural spots, frosty and I see for some and some of the snow
really blowing around over higher ground in Scotland. Strong wind and
further snow to take us into tomorrow. It may well make for some
tricky travelling conditions. The forecast for tomorrow in