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

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

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

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

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be pushed up the Government's agenda.

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The fitness instructor from Haverill jailed after attacking a judge in

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court. And, hidden history - the Bronze Age

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boats preserved for posterity in wetland just outside Peterborough.

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Good evening. First tonight, the hospital Accident and Emergency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kettering General Hospital has spent the last 12 months almost constantly

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

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

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

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the health care regulator, which highlighted the hospital's

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persistent failure to meet waiting time targets and criticised

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financial management. These latest figures again show Kettering has

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

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

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

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

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The management here at Kettering General Hospital did not want to

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

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say they are embarking on a transformation programme. They say

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that patients get treatment as quickly as possible. These figures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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professionals always look after the patients in front of them and

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

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

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

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improvements and additional resources put into the front line.

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In terms of reforming the NHS and improving the delivery of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for science projects in order to protect the industry.

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Launched on a Russian rocket only yesterday, another communication

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

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

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Cambridge, with Alnwick University receiving more EU funding than any

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

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money for scientific research in this region. Nobody when they

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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used to carry out research is gradually eroding that sum of

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

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

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

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

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Microsoft's new European headquarters here in Cambridge.

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Soon, another global pharmaceutical company will move their headquarters

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

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

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

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government creating the right environment for technology

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

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generation of engineers, the next generation of entrepreneurs capable

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

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for knowledge and innovation, but that can cost.

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

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

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

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

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Chidzoy reports. Colette Paul, the current Deputy

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Chief Constable of South Wales and Beds police and crime commission

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

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

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

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Metropolitan Police and CID detective. The meeting ran late into

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

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

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

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experience of dealing with diverse communities. When asked what she

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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got the job. A man has been charged with

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

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

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

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

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

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

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man, Lukasz Slaboszewski. Police investigating a shooting in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Graham assaulted Judge John Devaux at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

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Today, his behaviour was described as insulting and intimidating.

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

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

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

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