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A call for more money for A&E at Kettering.

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Safety talks after the drowning of two men at Bawsey Pits Nick King 's

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Lynn. Not meeting the challenge, Northants's police force is

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criticised. And keeping it local, how this is being used to help local

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communities. Good evening. The campaign to get

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more funding for Kettering General Hospital was taken to Westminster

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today. The MPs for Corby Kettering and Wellingborough met with the

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Health Minister Dan Poulter today. The hospital has never been far from

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the headlines in the last 12 months. It became something of a political

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football during last year's Corby by election when the soon-to-be MP Andy

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Sawford suggested that a hospital review could mean downgrading key

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services. In October Kettering hospital had been heavily criticised

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by the Health Watchdog, Monitor which raised concerns about its

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management and finances. But of most concern was the hospital's continued

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failure to meet Accident and Emergency waiting times. Signs like

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this have become all-too-familiar at Kettering General Hospital, as it is

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a neat apartment struggles to keep up with demand. The growth in the

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town has outstripped the facility here, particularly in any

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department. We have seen 100% increase in attendances here just in

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the last 20 years. It was built for a population that would come to

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hospital, maybe 40,000 people we are now seeing in excess of 80,000

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people. Since the report, the hospital has been looking at how to

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relieve Russia on a knee. One of those ideas is the launch of the new

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ambulatory care centre. If you have a chronic condition, your GP can

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refer you here instead of sending you to a knee. We have seen a

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gradual increase in the number of patients. In the first four weeks,

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we saw around 168 patients. That would have otherwise gone by A&E.

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One of the other problems is patients get stuck in a knee is that

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aren't always any available about that spreads. But last month, this

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new paediatric unit opened. benefits are twofold. Whilst

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normally, a child would go to a knee and be treated there, what we can

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now do is stream live -- green line those patients. -- child would go to

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A&E. The hospital says it's turnaround programme is starting to

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work. Since October, the department has missed its waiting time targets,

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but in the last few weeks of July, those targets have been hit. But

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despite these state-of-the-art facilities, the hospital says the

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A&E department will always be simply too small, which is why local MPs

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met the health minister to lobby for more investment, and the meeting

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appeared to go well. We will come back together with hospital and

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commissioning groups in two months time. Will be going back to the

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Department of Health to put together a strong business case supported by

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the doctors, GPs, MPs, to say, let's get some funding because it really

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needs it. And with cross-party support, there is growing optimism

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at Kettering will eventually get the A&E department that the town so

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obviously needs. An independent inquiry is to be held into the

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decision to suspend key Children's Services at Bedford Hospital.

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Anxious parents were among those who attended an emergency public meeting

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today. Hospital managers say they are working hard to restore services

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but admitted it could be a difficult process. They came in their dozens

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in search of answers. Concerned parents unsure of how the crisis in

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Children's Services will affect them. Among them, this woman and a

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rose. She listened carefully, but nothing she heard offered much in

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the way of reassurance. I've got two children and I'm expecting my third.

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We are concerned about where we will go. I have used a knee in the past

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and now I'm not sure what I'm then to do. -- A&E. There the crisis at

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Bedford Hospital began when junior doctors raise concerns about patient

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safety. They felt children were being put at risk because of a lack

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of senior staff to support them. They have now been removed from the

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hospital, which has led to the temporary closure of some services.

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On Sunday, and balances will no longer take emergency patients to

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Bedford and from midnight on the 31st of July, the hospital's A&E

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department will only treat adults. The mayor called today's emergency

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meeting. I will not accept that this would happen. We need a full A&E in

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Bedford. It is wrong people have to travel 34 miles to get those

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services. -- 25 miles. hospital's chief executive has

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promised a full independent enquiry into what went wrong and said his

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team is committed to bringing Children's Services back to this

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hospital. But by his own admission, that might be easier said than done.

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My prime concern is the safety of the children. That has driven this

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and we have had to make some hard decisions. It may well reflect on

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whether we can retain staff that we have all weather we can recruit the

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best staff -- or whether we can recruit. The staff here fear

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children services Main net -- may never return to the hospital.

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men have been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs,

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following the death of a couple at Jesus Green in Cambridge. The pair

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named locally as Kim Reid and Jimmy Sinclair were due to get married.

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They died on Tuesday despite attempts by paramedics to revive

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them. The men arrested were both suspected drug dealers. One has been

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released on police bail The Government has brought forward

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improvement work on a part of the A14 in Northamptonshire. A

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businessman accused of a quadruple murder in Northampton has appeared

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in court today. It's alleged Anxiang Du murdered four members of the Ding

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family at their home in Northampton back in April 2011.Our reporter Jo

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Black was in court. A university lecturer met his wife and their two

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daughters were all found stabbed to death in their own home in Wootton

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in Northampton. Detectives think they were killed on the day of the

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Royal wedding. Fast forward to today in the dock at Northampton Crown

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Court, Anxiang Du speaking through Mandarin interpreter, spoke only to

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confirm his name. Those of you who have in following this case will

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know he was extradited back to the UK from Morocco where he was

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discovered by detectives. There was no leave from Anxiang Du today, that

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will come from -- in October. owners of a former sand quarry where

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two people drowned have been in safety talks this afternoon. The

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bodies of a 41-year-old man from King Lynn and a 16-year-old boy from

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Ely were pulled from Bawsey Pits near King's Lynn on Tuesday.

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Norfolk's Fire service's dive unit is releasing these photos. You can

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see just the weight of it is going to cause problems. Most of the weeds

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had been removed before the photos were taken. He had to use a knife to

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cut himself free. As soon as you get into the weed, you have got no

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visibility and you are really restricted in movement. The

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entanglement is everywhere. If you are a swimmer who's panicking, it

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happens very rapidly, it spirals out of control. The quarry owners have

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closed the access gates but today people continued to swim despite two

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drownings at two different lakes at the same pits on the same day. It is

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good the 16-year-old with the same distance away from the shoreline is

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the swimmers were when he got into difficulty in the weeds. The signs

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already running swimming, the owners held a meeting with police this

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afternoon to see if safety could be improved. Today they spoke for the

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first time since the tragedy. saddened and sympathies and thoughts

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go out to the two families and their friends who were involved in all. We

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have no powers to stop people going into our water. Lots of people have

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lots of views that may need to start understanding and see if we can,

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with a better solution. This footage was filmed in Norfolk Broads. This

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tranquil on the surface, treacherous underneath. -- it is. Divers checks,

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checking that you have got your knife, and where you have what it on

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the body. We find in the Broads, there is a lot of fishing wire.

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Yellow macro this man hopes that if one life is saved through today's

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message, it will be worth it. Today, flowers have been laid in

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memory of the 16-year-old and the other boy. The government has

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brought forward work on the interchange. The Sportsman 's tissue

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Robinson has missed to talk to the football league to discuss Coventry

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City's moved to play at Northants all National Hunt's Sixfields

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