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the programme tonight: Patients spending too long in A&E.


The hospitals where more than one in ten waited longer than four hours.


More on that and the rest of the day's news with Janine Machin.


Finding the right formula - a Cambridge MP argues for science to


be pushed up the Government's agenda.


The fitness instructor from Haverill jailed after attacking a judge in


court. And, hidden history - the Bronze Age


boats preserved for posterity in wetland just outside Peterborough.


Good evening. First tonight, the hospital Accident and Emergency


departments where more than one in ten patients aren't being dealt with


quickly enough. Two of our hospitals are falling significantly short of


Government targets for A&E waiting times.95% of people should be seen


within four hours, but in one week last month, figures from NHS England


show that only 88.5% of patients were seen in time at the Queen


Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and it was a similar figure in


Kettering, where only 88.3% of patients were seen within four


hours. Earlier I spoke to the Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter.


Kettering General Hospital has spent the last 12 months almost constantly


in the headlines. The future of the hospital was the focus of the last


year's by-election, but it is their performance which has butted in the


spotlight. Last year, it was put on red alert after a damning report by


the health care regulator, which highlighted the hospital's


persistent failure to meet waiting time targets and criticised


financial management. These latest figures again show Kettering has


fallen way below the target for A&E waiting times. The hospital is not


doing enough. We have still got this problem. The hospital does realise


it has more to do and it has made its top priority. It has political


support from MPs. They are trying to get extra investment into the A&E.


The management here at Kettering General Hospital did not want to


speak to us today, but did provide us with a statement in which they


say they are embarking on a transformation programme. They say


they are working closely with local GPs to find better ways to refer


patients to the hospital without using a and E. They also say they


are looking at better ways to move patients through the hospital and to


make the A&E department itself more efficient. Bosses also hope this


place, the urgent care centre, will play its part in reducing waiting


times. Many believe the pressure on A&E departments will only be


relieved when the public realise there are alternatives. Now we know


that most practices, pharmacies, have all set themselves up to be


able to give people advice at the right level, and is much more timely


and convenient, and more friendly. Kettering is by no means alone in


its struggle to meet targets. Kings Lynn is also ranked as one of the


poorest performing hospitals in the country. We have not given patients


as good an experience as they should have had. However, I know that we


provide safe care and that we endeavour every day to make sure


that patients get treatment as quickly as possible. These figures


reflect the last week in May. In that time, Northampton General


scored 98%. But, figures over the first quarter of this year, showed


that Northampton failed to meet targets. It is better news here


where it has cut waiting times. Nationally, the A&E performers is


said to be the worst in nine years. I asked Dan Poulter what the


government put that figure down to. What we know from these figures is


that the NHS has had a difficult winter. We have had problems with


flu and bouts of difficult weather, which has made it difficult for


staff to get into work, and also has meant that older people have been


falling over, having breaks and bumps and strains. That has put a


lot of pressure on them. Having said that, the last five weeks back


contract and ten 1-macro is performing well and back on target.


At Kettering general, they say that they have seen the number of people


visiting A&E double over the last 20 years. That is not down to one bad


winter. You has to wonder whether the service has been underfunded for


too long. The current government is committed to putting more money into


the NHS, but in Kettering there has been a considerable population


growth. The big challenge for the NHS has been this increase of 1


million additional patients. A lot of those patients are frail, elderly


people with complex medical needs. A lot of discharge without any


treatment because a lot of young families find it difficult to access


GPs in the evening and end up turning up at A&E. Part of the


solution is to address this problem and have wider access to GPs, and


more GPs in the NHS in years going ahead. It is also about having a


more joined up approach for older people and making sure we are better


able to look after older people with complex needs. Is there a danger


here that the message we are giving to the members of the public is that


accident and emergency departments are struggling so please don't turn


up there, we have had problems with ambulance response times throughout


the region, we know that the out of hours GP service is not functioning


as well as it should, nor is the nonemergency 111 line. Is there a


danger that people will die because they simply don't know what to do?


What we do know is that when people turn up at A&E, medical


professionals always look after the patients in front of them and


prioritise the sickest patients first. Thanks to action that I took


and Norman Lamb the social care minister has taken, we now have a


thorough review of the and events service and we will see some


improvements and additional resources put into the front line.


In terms of reforming the NHS and improving the delivery of


high-quality care, there is no silver bullet. It will take a number


of years to get our servers where we needed to be, which is making sure


we keep people better supported in their homes, in their communities,


so they don't have to turn up to A&E in a state of great distress.


Britain will "sabotage its future" if it doesn't boost investment in


science, according to a Cambridge MP. In a special Commons debate


Julian Huppert called on the Government to ring-fence a budget


for science projects in order to protect the industry.


Launched on a Russian rocket only yesterday, another communication


satellites built in Stevenage. Silverstone is not only the home of


Formula one, but it is also a hub of technology and innovation. And,


Cambridge, with Alnwick University receiving more EU funding than any


other in the country. Tonight, Cambridge's MP will call for more


money for scientific research in this region. Nobody when they


started work on the World Wide Web or the like would have known where


that would lead, but all of these are transformational William dollar


issues which have made a huge difference for the whole of the East


of England. This Institute in Cambridge is a biotech world leader.


They say the MP has a point. problem we have at the moment is


that the funding for the last spending review gave a flat line


funding over a certain period of time. Inflation in the machines were


used to carry out research is gradually eroding that sum of


money. The government's technology strategy board invested �26.4


million in the last year. That reached 1450 organisations. They say


the result was a �184 million boost to the local economy. In terms of


the big names, they don't come much bigger than that. That is


Microsoft's new European headquarters here in Cambridge.


Soon, another global pharmaceutical company will move their headquarters


here, creating 600 new jobs. So, do we need more government money? If


you have a mobile phone, chances are one of this company's chips is in


it. They say investment and education are key. Part of it is the


government creating the right environment for technology


companies, and also education. We are very keen to see the next


generation of engineers, the next generation of entrepreneurs capable


of coming up with innovative ideas. This high-tech centre has a first


for knowledge and innovation, but that can cost.


A new Chief Constable is about to be named for Bedfordshire. Colette Paul


has been selected by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner to


take over the force. Today, the Police and Crime Panel has been


putting her through her paces, as our home affairs correspondent Sally


Chidzoy reports. Colette Paul, the current Deputy


Chief Constable of South Wales and Beds police and crime commission


once her to be his next Chief Constable. First, they had to face


the new Police and Crime Panel of councillors before his toys can be


confirmed and she can get to work. Colette Paul is a former


Metropolitan Police and CID detective. The meeting ran late into


the afternoon. It is not quite a grilling, but members of the police


and crime panel are asking Colette Paul a number of questions right


now. She said she has worked around the world and had extensive


experience of dealing with diverse communities. When asked what she


would bring to all neighbourhoods in Beds, she said she would have an


effective rural crime strategy. When asked what would be her biggest


challenge, she replied operational and that she was aware of all the


shootings in looting and I would be a critical piece of work. There have


been ten shootings in Luton so far this year as police work to stem the


violence. The police and crime panel has the power to veto the implements


of a Chief Constable, but that is unlikely to happen. She spoke for a


while, but has real challenge will be on delivery. She has got some


challenges in Luton, and also the pressures of finances that overture


is facing. -- Beds. She awaits official confirmation that she has


got the job. A man has been charged with


preventing the burial of two men whose bodies were found in ditches


in remote parts of Cambridgeshire. Leslie Layton, from Orton Goldhay in


Peterborough, has been charged in connection with the deaths of Kevin


Lee and John Chapman. He's due to appear before Peterborough


magistrates tomorrow. Two other men and a woman have already been


charged in relation to both the deaths, as well as that of a third


man, Lukasz Slaboszewski. Police investigating a shooting in


Luton have arrested a 21-year-old man. The shooting happened on


Fountain's Road on May fifth. Today's arrest is the third in


connection with the incident. One man has already been charged with


attempted murder and a firearms offence in connection with the case.


A fitness instructor from Haverhill who attacked a judge, knocking off


his wig, has been jailed for 18 months for contempt of court. Paul


Graham assaulted Judge John Devaux at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.


Today, his behaviour was described as insulting and intimidating.


I think it says that the judge is saying, "you can't do this, and if


you do, it is a very slippery slope in respect of respect for the law in


this country" . He has to send out this powerful message that this


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