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Hello, and welcome to the Look East late news.

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Calling for a radical overhaul of the politics and finances

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of the NHS - the Norfolk MP Norman Lamb.

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And the Prime Minister says she'll listen.

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on drivers who wrongly park in disabled bays.

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And I'm at Ketteringham Depot, where the gritters are hitting the roads

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First tonight, MPs from this region are spearheading a cross-party

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campaign to solve the crisis in NHS funding.

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The North Norfolk MP and former health minister Norman Lamb has

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brought together MPs from all parties, including

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They believe the issue is so important it can't

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And they've now secured a meeting with Prime Minister Teresa May.

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In a moment, we'll speak to Norman Lamb,

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It's been described as the toughest winter yet for the NHS.

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GPs are struggling to cope with demand, A E departments

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are full to capacity, and problems with the social care

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system mean patients are stuck in hospital

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Today, Norman Lamb asked the Prime Minister to sit down

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and talk to his cross-party group of concerned MPs.

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Would the Prime Minister the prepared to meet

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with us just to discuss it, so she can hear our case?

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Well, I recognise obviously the interest and attention

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that the honourable gentleman has given to these issues.

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And of course, he is a former health minister himself.

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And I will be happy to meet with him and others as he suggests.

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Among the group of MPs and former health secretaries

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is Dr Dan Poulter, the former Conservative health minister

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He has seen the pressures for himself.

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Speaking as somebody who also works in the NHS,

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and has been working in the NHS this week, I've seen the real pressure

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that many front-line staff face in delivering high

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It's probably the worst situation I can remember in my decade

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Real pressure, and it is time to find more money

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Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health.

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The NHS is always asking us to think carefully before

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At the surgery in Beccles in Suffolk, they operate

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To filter out calls that aren't urgent.

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Hello, Dr Morton from the surgery here.

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That still leaves 300-400 call-backs every day for the GPs.

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The promises that Government have been talking about the last two

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years, we've yet to really see them on the front line.

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We wait in hope, but I think hope is rapidly fading.

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And it is feelings like that that will provide a stark backdrop

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to the forthcoming meeting between the MPs and Theresa May.

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A short while ago, I put it to Norman Lamb that

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good care costs money, and there isn't any,

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And so the question is, how much are we prepared to how pay

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in order to ensure our loved ones get care where they need it?

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From my point of view, I would be prepared to pay a bit more.

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I realise you must ensure you don't overburden people with tax,

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but I think if people could see, if there was an independent

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assessment of how much the system needed, if we had a dedicated health

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and care tax, which is something we are looking into,

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I think you could take people with you.

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How much more do you think we are talking

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The equivalent of 1p on Income Tax would make a big difference.

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It would bring a significant amount of extra resources

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which could have a really positive impact on both the health

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That would be a start, but I want to see,

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and what I have launched today, is a cross-party process.

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We are calling on the Government to establish what we are calling

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a NHS and Care Convention to engage with the public, level with people

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about the challenge we face, how much money we are prepared

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to pay in order to ensure that we have a good and effective

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Would you describe the NHS as in crisis currently?

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The Government says more people than ever before are being cared for.

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We are seeing significant, record numbers of people stuck

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in hospital long after their due date of discharge.

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We have seen people stuck in ambulances waiting to get into A E

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Record numbers of operations being cancelled.

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Wherever you look across the system, it is under impossible strain.

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We are relying, I think, on the goodwill of staff who are

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We are the fifth or sixth largest economy in the world -

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I think we are capable of doing better than this.

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The inquest into the suicide of a 25-year-old man at Chelmsford

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Prison has heard an accusation that a mental health assessment

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of him was "bent" to a pre-determined outcome.

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Dean Saunders, from Basildon, was jailed - not sectioned -

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after attacking members of his own family

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Lynn Johnston, who organised the assessment for the local

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mental health trust, told the jury she honestly couldn't

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recall whether she had told the doctors that Dean had made

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clear his determination to take his life.

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Sean Horstead, representing Dean's family, said she had an abundance

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He'd made a serious assault on family members,

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It would have been a gross failure on her part if she hadn't

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In his view, the assessment at Basildon police station was,

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as he put it, "bent" to a predetermined outcome.

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Come what may, Mr Saunders was to go through the criminal justice system.

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This afternoon, Abdul Kallon, a mental health nurse

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at Chelmsford Prison Hospital, said when he met Dean,

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he found him suspicious, guarded, clearly paranoid with scratches

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He was saying, I just want to end it all.

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Dean's parents and partner and other family members have listened

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Tomorrow, they and the jury will hear from a head of health care

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and a number of prison officers at the jail.

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Well, we heard strong criticism of Lynn Johnston from the Saunders

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Miss Johnston said she believed she had followed all the correct

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processes and hopes she had shared all the key information.

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She said the team didn't believe that Mr Saunders met the criteria

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to be detained under the Mental Health Act.

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Next tonight, the supermarket cracking down on drivers parking

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in spaces set aside for drivers with disabilities or

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A Co-op supermarket in Suffolk has brought in a private

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Around 50 parking charges are being issued every day.

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This isn't a knee jerk reaction by the East

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of England Co-op - quite the reverse.

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In 2014, it started putting up warning signs and had people

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in the car park in its store at Combs Ford, urging drivers

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From last month, it has been relying on an enforcement firm.

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Over a ten day period, more than 500 fines were issued.

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It demonstrates, says the company, apathy among drivers to the people

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I need that room to get in and out of my car.

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You dare not say anything because, if you do, you get a load of abuse.

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There are 100 spaces in the car park, with eight set aside

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for drivers with disabilities, six for young families,

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and one for people making a quick stop to use the cash machine.

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The Co-op says, while there is always discretion with every case,

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it has a duty to keep the designated areas free for those who need them.

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I think we got to the point where we tried education,

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we tried to speak to people, we tried that on a one-to-one basis.

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And in some cases, actually, we received abuse

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The punishment is ?60 if paid within two weeks, ?100 if not.

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All the money goes to the enforcement company.

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Of the 500 or so fines already issued, 125 have been paid,

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The position with the remainder is so far unclear.

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But some drivers are determined to dig in.

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Parked at the ATM bay with my kids and partner.

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She used the ATM bay, three minutes, three or four days later I got

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The Co-op has around 120 food outlets in the region.

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As for whether more sites could follow suit, it says any

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decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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But with wintry showers forecast for tomorrow,

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Alex has been to a gritting depot in Norfolk.

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Hello there, I'm at Ketteringham Depot just outside Norwich,

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where the gritting trucks have already been out on the roads.

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They will be doing another run at 3am.

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They form part of teams across the county that, together,

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will distribute 300 tonnes of grit to make our roads safer.

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And tonight, our temperatures are certainly going to drop away

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Under clear skies across much of the region, we can expect

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temperatures as low as one or 2 degrees, bringing a risk

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Tomorrow's weather is going to be shaped by this weather system coming

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It is going to bring a spell of rain, but there is an increasing

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likelihood that that rain could turn to sleet or snow by the afternoon.

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And there is a yellow Met Office weather warning out for the risk

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of snow and ice as we look through the day.

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But we start of the day dry and bright.

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It will tend to turn increasingly cloudy as we go through the day.

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With this spell of rain moving through from the West.

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It is also going to be a very cold day, with highs

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As we get into the late afternoon and evening,

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it is likely that some of this rain could turn to sleet or snow

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That brings lots of hazards with icy roads and quite treacherous

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And for the afternoon and into the evening, the risk

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The national weather is coming up, but here is the outlook.

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It is going to stay cold for Friday, bitterly cold with a northerly wind

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coming in, bringing some wintry showers for the coast.

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Looking dry and bright elsewhere, and a cold start to the weekend.

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potentially leading us into a chilly start to the weekend. Time for the

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national weather prospects if you are on the move.

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Good evening, a lot going on with the weather in the next few days,

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numerous weather warnings in for so buried in mind if you have travel

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plans. Lots of isobars on the chart overnight which means it will be

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windy for all. The strongest winds in Scotland, lots of wintry showers

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with snow getting down to increasingly low levels and some

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wintry showers in Northern Ireland and northern England. A cold night

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for Northern England, particularly in more rural spots, frosty and I

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see for some and some of the snow really blowing around over higher

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ground in Scotland. Strong wind and further snow to take us into

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tomorrow. It may well make for

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