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the programme tonight: Here to save lives that some private ambulance

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workers brought in to cover for the East of England Amublance Service

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are sleeping in tents. They say it is the only way to make ends meet on

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their allowances. The educational skills gap being blamed for stifling

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economic growth in our cities. Taking the pressure off A&E.

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Corby's official centre gets its opening. And her daughter was killed

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by a driver with their eyesight. Now Jackie McCord backs new campaign

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were drivers eyesight is tested every two-year is.

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Hello and welcome. It has emerged that some ambulance crews in this

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region are sleeping intense to save money. The workers are employed by a

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private ambulance company to cover shifts. Staff say the �35 a day

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loans is not enough. For some the only way to make ends meet is to

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camp. Nestled in a shaded spot at this

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campsite is a tent which is home to a man who works on the medical

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front-line. The ambulance worker who owns this tent has left it behind

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for a week because he has gone back home to the Midlands. Holiday-makers

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around here admit they were surprised to discover paramedics

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sleeping in tents. We were very shocked to see it was ambulance

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people staying in the tents. We saw one comeback late one evening, make

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himself a cup of tea and go straight to bed. The East of England

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ambulance service ambulance trust has several contracts. A worker says

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it is hard for them to find cheap accommodation and for meals on a

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daily allowance of �35. It does not surprise me. Highfield to see how

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you can travel from another trust area and have an hotel room or a B&B

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on those rates. An Internet search shows that the cheapest hotel room

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that could be found was... The ambulance staff have been using this

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site since early July. It can be a lot of fun but it is not great day

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in, day out. You may want to unwind after a tough shift. The agency

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should look carefully at how much support it is giving its staff.

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East of England Amublance Service say the provide a loans is above

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Service staff are paid �10 50 an hour and they cost is behind the

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decision to camp. Is this a practice the government is

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aware of? I asked by health Minister Doctor Dan Poulter early -- earlier

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this evening. It is not a practice I am aware of and one that I find

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concerning. First from a staff welfare point of view. And the fact

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it is difficult to provide high quality patient care if you have not

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had a good night's sleep. I do not think a tent is a good place for our

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health care member of staff to spend the night. Whose fault is this? Is

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it the private company or East of England Amublance Service?

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Ultimately the contracts are given by the ambulance trust and this is

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something they will have to look at seriously. A couple of months ago we

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had the marsh report which was a damning report into management and

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suggested among other things they need to invest more in the front

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line and employ more front-line paramedics because too much money

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was being spent in the back office. This reinforces this message. In the

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meantime they need to look seriously at some of the contracts were coming

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-- giving out, both from the welfare of these staff and patients. Is the

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government pushing the ambulance trust down this route to get cheaper

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cover? Not at all. The NHS is getting more money through the life

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of this Parliament. A report highlighted there has been gross

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mismanagement in East of England Amublance Service. Many senior

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managers have moved on but a challenge is making sure the money

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they ambulance service receives is spent on investing in the front line

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and more ambulances and an more front-line paramedics. We have some

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fantastic paramedics in the East of England, they need to be backed up

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by better management. We assess East of England Amublance Service for a

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statement, but it did not refer to the issue of staff sleeping in

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tents. It is hoped a new health centre for

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Corby will help reduce waiting times at A&E in the area. The town does

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not have its own hospital which means patients need emergency care

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-- need emergency care have had to travel to Kettering general, a

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hospital regularly criticised for missing its A&E targets. The message

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is if you do not need an ambulance to take you to hospital, if you do

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not need nine a name, then you should consider the urgent care

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centre. Because we can deliver that level of care. The benefit of the

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centre is it is designed to reduce the pressure on Kettering general.

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1000 fewer people went to Kettering last month because they were treated

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here. My son has used that centre and said it is very good, very

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efficient and quick. I think it is marvellous because Kettering A&E as

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horrific. You would not cause they are unless you were dying! Has the

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centre being good for you? Yes, it is a lovely place. It is one of the

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fastest-growing towns in the country, does it need a hospital of

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its own? What the surgeon -- health centre provides is high-quality

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care, keeping people out of hospital and safe in their own homes which is

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where people should be and most people want to be. They need to know

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the gas safe -- the RCA. There is scope to grow the centre and it is

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hoped once funding becomes available, other services may be

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added. We would like to see in Corby and expansion of services. We would

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like to see an expansion of more day case procedures. The good keys --

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news is that the centre has met all its waiting time targets. It is

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through the coming winter when the real impact and work of the Centre

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will really be known. Pupils results could be holding back

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businesses in Peterborough and Northampton according to a study by

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the independent research group centre facilities. It says smaller

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businesses make up 99% of all firms in the UK. But they can only succeed

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if they can find employees with the right skills. Many see exam results

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as key. But in Peterborough and Northampton fewer than 50% of

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students achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above. It places them

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in the bottom ten towns and cities in the UK.

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For more than 30 years they have been servicing the motor community

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in Peterborough. When it comes to finding workers, it has not always

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been easy. We have recently tried to recruit for a technician, we were

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specific about the skills we wanted. We had a lot of applicants and none

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of them are the skills we were asking for. But it is not just

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Peterborough. In Northamptonshire, despite the council working to raise

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standards and for assisting technical colleges, it is still an

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issue that business leaders want to address. It is disappointing that it

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has not done so well. I am convinced it is on an up hill trajectory and

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we in the business world will want to do all we can that -- to make

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sure young people can achieve all that they can achieve. This job

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centre highlights the challenges. can only do hands-on jobs like

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gardening. They have got work that they want us to do, but it is

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whether we are capable of doing that work. It has been difficult to get a

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job. I have had difficulties getting a job in the past. Luckily my dad

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got me a job. The city insist they are doing all they can. We spoke to

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the council about the report and easy a record 1400 businesses were

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set up in the city last year. They say that UCSC grades are improving

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and that soon that and new skills centre will be set up in the city.

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For this Peterborough company, they favour finding apprentices to train

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them in the way of working. In Cambridge, the education picture

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is very different. It is in the top ten places for exam results with

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more than 60% of pupils getting five or more high grade GCSEs. The number

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of small businesses developing here is also high. The Centre for cities

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report found in areas with a highly skilled workforce were more

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entrepreneurial. Today a workshop -- road show in Cambridge was trying to

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an courage more people to start up their own business.

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This bus is rolled into town to encourage people to set up their own

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business. Upstairs, others are getting free expert tips on how to

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get moving. I am starting up a new business and web design and we have,

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long to get some advice on marketing and finding customers. It has been

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really helpful. Alison Taylor got her business off the ground last

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year. After a steep learning curve it is going well and she has simple

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advice. Write a business plan, go to the bank and talk to them about it.

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Talk to anyone you would think you would want an opinion on your idea.

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She has benefited from the Cambridgeshire market. Do the

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aspirational targets you make it easier here? I think it is by

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networking. It is the idea that there is the fragility out there. If

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people are around peers, and interesting things, it will work.

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is hoped the networking done here will prove to provide another drive

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for Dion and yours here. The Royal Train could leave its home

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in Wolverton in Milton Keynes after more than 150 years. Railcare who

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currently look after it, went into administration last week. Network

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