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The MP for North Norfolk and former Health Minister Norman Lamb
is warning the unprecedented strain on hospitals is making staff more
Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request show
a national rise in surgery blunders and more cases of delayed diagnosis.
Norman Lamb says the figures he obtained from NHS England show
patients are being failed because the NHS
The figure show nationally the numbers of surgical incidents
have more than doubled in three years.
There were 740 incidents in 2015-2016 and one of
the main areas of concern was surgeons operating
on the wrong part of the body.
The whole system is under impossible strain.
The government simply isn't providing sufficient funding
and everyone outside the government knows
that this isn't sustainable and there are consequences.
I think if you have people, staff, clinicians
then there will be mistakes that happen.
Serious incidents are anything from slips, trips and falls
to suboptimal care of deteriorating patients.
Our region's hospitals though seem to be bucking the national trend.
Serious incidents have actually fallen in the east.
Within the last year, there have been far less,
The Department of Health says the national rise in
serious incidents is due to better recording of such occurrences.
But with the increasing pressure on our hospitals, there are
fears rising demand will continue to lead to serious errors.
A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man
Paramedics were called to the house in Bentley Avenue
It's believed the man had been assaulted yesterday evening.
Essex Fire Service say a man in his 50s has been left
homeless after a fire at his flat in Chelmsford.
It's thought it started accidentally after an electric heater got too
Two neighbouring flats also suffered water damage.
In Rugby Union, Northampton had a narrow win away to Gloucester
Gloucester looked set for victory but Saints nipped ahead just seven
minutes before time to win by 13 points to 12.
Football now and the busy festive programme continues
Eight of our teams played yesterday and there was plenty of late drama.
Here's our sports editor Jonathan Park.
It was a match that Norwich manager Alex Neil badly needed to win
But, in the end, the Canaries had to settle for
They should've won but Cameron Jerome had
To make matters worse for Alex Neil, his team finished the game
with ten men when Robbie Brady was sent off
They lie seven points off the play-off places.
In League 1, in form Southend were on course
for a fourth win in a row when Simon Cox put them
in front against Charlton, midway through the first half.
The Shrimpers were denied all three points though right at the death
when Andrew Cross' volley found the back of the net.
Peterborough are one place below Southend and
needed their own late drama to rescue a point
Jordan Willis gave the struggling Sky Blues a first half lead.
But deep into stoppage time, Michael Bostwick headed Posh level.
The late goal theme continued at Bramall Lane
but it was Northampton Town who were on the wrong end of
Kieron Freeman's goal took Chris Wilder's Sheffield United
to the top of the table and inflicted a fifth defeat
in seven matches to Robert Page's Cobblers.
In League 2, Luton were too strong for Barnet, winning 3-1
The Hatters went ahead in style when Alan Sheehan
Barnet levelled but another brilliant strike from
Which then became 3-1 for Nathan Jones' team, who lie fifth.
Two places above Cambridge, who were set for a sixth win
in a row, when Harrison Dunk put them ahead against Leyton Orient.
But Ollie Palmer salvaged a point for
Once more, late goals were the key for
The scores were level at 2-2 when Chris Porter
Tarique Fosu-Henry finished the
match off in stoppage time for John McGreal's
The Norfolk seaside town of Sheringham has resurrected
the town's New Year's Day dip after a 10-year break.
Around 50 swimmers braved the cold North Sea temperatures,
It was organised by a local lifeboat helmsman to raise money
Much more better than what I expected.
Brilliant turnout, despite the weather.
It was raining this morning but luckily
A massive thank you to everyone turning up and donating to the RNLI.
And there are more pictures of the New Year swim on our
Hello there and a very happy New Year.
It was rather a damp day today and that rain
is now starting to pull away to the south.
And behind, the skies are clearing so it will be a cold night.
Temperatures are going to fall very close to freezing and
in a few spots, they will actually fall below freezing.
So the risk of icy stretches first thing in morning.
Now, there will be a little bit of cloud around
first thing and always the risk of just a few showers
But elsewhere, it's mostly dry, lots of sunshine around.
Temperatures really struggling to rise tomorrow.
There will be a little bit more cloud around as we head into
But certainly staying very cold and very frosty
We're back tonight at 10:50, slightly later than normal.
Good evening. Well, to Bake Off 2017, the weather has been fairly
mixed, wet and cloudy in the South, colder but clearer further north.
This was taken in County Down earlier in the day, plenty of
sunshine there, but with clear skies by day, a cold nights tonight. That
will fill the south across the country, the cloud and rain clearing
through the early hours of Monday morning across that area. This is
how it is looking