11/01/2017 Look East (West)


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Up to five weeks wait to see a GP - demand surges in surgeries

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A court hears a woman may not have been dead when her body

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Brexit fears for Cambridge University as admissions

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Look East has learned patients in this region are facing long waits

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While it varies practice by practice, our snapshot survey

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found that for a non-urgent slot in Milton Keynes the average wait

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But in Northamptonshire patients will wait up to two weeks and it's

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In fact one practice there told us it can go up to five weeks.

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Waseem Mirza has been to see how some GP surgeries

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Trevor Whitby survived a heart attack.

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The 70-year-old grandfather now needs regular checkups

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Today, he's being seen at a duty clinic by nurse Kim Richardson at

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Are you happy to have your injection?

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Nurse Richardson is one of a bank of 20 nurses here.

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Four of them are paired to each doctor, helping to lighten

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Two years ago, we introduced nurse led clinics.

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What that allowed us to do was to employ teams of four

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That allowed us to increase the number of appointments

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which were available by using not only the GP's skills but also

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the skills that are often overlooked within the nursing team.

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On average, Look East has been told patients in Cambridge

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and Peterborough face a wait to see their own GP of up

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In one case, a surgery claimed its patients were facing

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Much has been said of the winter challenge facing the NHS,

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some calling it the worst winter ever faced by the health service.

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And it's our A departments like here at Hinchingbrooke Hospital

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that have been dealing with a higher than usual number of

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But they're not alone in facing up to the winter challenge.

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Faced with a tightening budget, fewer resources and more patients

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through their doors, it's the front line of GP surgeries

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The group that's responsible for making decisions on local health

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care say GPs are under more strain in a challenging financial climate.

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At the moment we have a real shortage of GPs, the demand has

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massively increased so we are doing another 70 million consultations

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over the last five years and actually we haven't seen a rise

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Sometimes it can take more than a week in order to speak

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to someone on the phone, so that's frustrating.

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They had said go to your doctor within a couple of days and check

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out this, that and the next thing, and it is worrying if

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They put us on a waiting list and they said maybe a week or two

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or maybe three or four or six weeks, but they gave us no

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North Bank practice says it is pioneering a new way

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of working, putting nurses at the front line.

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It's just one way in which the very idea of a GP surgery is having

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to change in order to survive under growing pressure.

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Waseem Mirza, BBC Look East, Wisbech.

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Well, the Department for Health has a target to recruit

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5,000 more GPs by 2020 - and put more money into

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Earlier, I asked Dr Jonathan Ireland from Northamptonshire's Local

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Medical Committee if GPs are willing to work outside of core hours.

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Again, it is about resources and capacity in the system.

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You have to ask real questions about how much work

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Most GPs do do what are called extended hours in the evenings

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or at weekends, which is funded additionally because of course GPs

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are responsible for the whole funding of their practice,

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including their staffing at their premises and all

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The Department for health has promised 5000 more GPs by 2020.

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That will help, won't it, or is it achievable in three years?

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I think many people think it's not achievable that to train

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that many GPs and then, well, train that many doctors

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and then attract them into general practice is a big ask.

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More importantly in my view will be to make sure that the promises that

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have been given in the GP review of better funding for the actual

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budgets for practices as well as the premises,

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more sustainable workload and also there are efficiency ways of working

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All those things need to be carried out to make the job more attractive

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so that people actually want to go into general practice.

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What would make GPs' lives easier, just in the next few months?

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I think what we need to see is a more sustainable workload,

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so to some extent it is about making the plans that are in place

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reasonable without knocking general practice over at the very moment

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when general practice is meant to pick up the pieces and help

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Next tonight, the jury at the Helen Bailey murder trial has

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heard that she may still have been alive when she was

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Her body was found in the tank beneath her Hertfordshire home three

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months after she was reported missing by her partner Ian Stewart.

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Forensic pathologist Doctor Nathaniel Cary,

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the first witness to be called in this case.

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He performed the postmortem on Helen Bailey's body

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when it was discovered in a cesspit at her home in Royston three months

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He told the court he couldn't be sure how she died.

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He said she was found fully clothed but barefoot,

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We heard the cold water had slowed decomposition

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and that there was no evidence of any injuries

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But we heard in this case a sleeping drug called Zopiclone was found

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It had been prescribed to the accused, Ian Stewart, in January.

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Doctor Cary said that although he couldn't rule out

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the possibility Helen Bailey was alive when she entered

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the water, the drug may have made it easier to kill her

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Doctor Cary said the drug had been going into Helen Bailey's system

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The court also heard levels of Zopiclone found in her hair

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suggested she ingested the drug on multiple occasions.

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The prosecution allege Ian Stewart had plotted to sedate

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and kill his fiancee in order to inherit much of her

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Ian Stewart denies murder, perverting the course of justice,

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fraud and preventing a lawful burial.

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We also heard today that postmortem tests on Helen Bailey's

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dog proved inconclusive in finding a cause of death.

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Tomorrow we expect to hear from Helen Bailey's brother.

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This case is expected to last around seven weeks.

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Kate Bradbrook, BBC Look East, at St Albans Crown Court.

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More than 200 people met in Cambridge tonight to discuss

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Many Europeans living in the city say they're worried

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about losing their right to live and work in the UK.

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Earlier in the day, it was revealed there's been a 14% drop

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in the number of European undergraduates applying to study

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Seven months on and there's still an air of uncertainty in Cambridge.

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The vote to Leave the EU took many by surprise

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and at a packed meeting tonight, EU nationals living in the largely

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pro-Remain city made their feelings known.

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Organised by the grassroots campaign Cambridge Stays,

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it was clear the government's reluctance to publish

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a Brexit plan had left many with unanswered questions.

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I would say I am concerned and confused as to what the situation

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is going to be formally as a German citizen living in the UK and I have

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come here really to get more clarity about what my options are.

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I'm very worried indeed because I'm thinking,

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all this 40, 50 years, paying tax, national insurance

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and everything else, is this all of a sudden

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Am I going to be chucked out just because my face don't fit?

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I was born in 1991, so I grew up as a European and I grew up

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with the feeling that I could move anywhere in the UK and I will be

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fine and I would be welcomed, and so Brexit was quite a shock.

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There was concern also today at how Brexit is affecting our universities

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with MPs taking evidence at a public hearing in Oxford.

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We've seen at Cambridge a 14% reduction in the number

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of applications from the European Union.

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From what the University can tell, many EU students are thinking twice

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Students are worried about the uncertainty of funding,

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students are worried about anti-immigrant sentiment

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and they are also worried about loss of possible collaboration with EU

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Reassurance will come from the Prime Minister and what she'll

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But that may take months, if not years.

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Mousumi Bakshi, BBC Look East, Cambridge.

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Controversial plans to build a new canal in Daventry have

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It'll be a one and half mile extension from the Grand Union Canal

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Daventry District Council says the scheme will include

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new waterfront bars and caf s which will encourage tourism

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That's all from me - but with snow on the way let's get

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We've got some very cold, potentially wintry weather

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heading our way over the next few hours and at much colder

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Under clear skies, temperatures dropping to low single figures,

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so the risk of a touch of frost in sheltered spots, despite the fact

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And tomorrow's weather's going to be shaped by this weather system coming

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There is a yellow warning out for this part of the country

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But we start the day on a dry and potentially bright note.

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It will quickly start to turn cloudy with a spell of rain

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This could be heavy in places and as that milder air hits the cold

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air, the potential is there for some of this to turn to sleet or snow.

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It is likely to be quite slushy because it will be falling on wet

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ground but the possibility is still there of some

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accumulation and a cold day with a northerly wind,

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The national weather's coming up, here's the outlook.

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A bitterly cold day for Friday with some strong northerly winds.

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start to the weekend. Time for the national weather prospects if you

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are on the move. Good evening, a lot going on with

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the weather in the next few days, numerous weather warnings in for so

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buried in mind if you have travel plans. Lots of isobars on the chart

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overnight which means it will be windy for all. The strongest winds

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in Scotland, lots of wintry showers with snow getting down to

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increasingly low levels and some wintry showers in Northern Ireland

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and northern England. A cold night for Northern England, particularly

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in more rural spots, frosty and I see for some and some of the snow

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really blowing around over higher ground in Scotland. Strong wind and

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further snow to take us into tomorrow. It may well make for some

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tricky travelling conditions. The forecast for tomorrow in

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