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Failing targets despite extra funding. The A departments failing


to cope. The Cambridge academic Lord White


Highlands stag is in a stable condition. The stag ran out of the


gate and gored someone as they came out. It is unbelievable.


We will be here later, it including: The writer, Louis de Bernieres, pays


tribute to his friend and neighbour, the acclaimed novelist, Elizabeth


Jane Howard. And Alex will be here with the


weather after a day of flooding in the region.


Good evening. First tonight. Have our A


departments reached breaking point? In the run up to Christmas, as


predicted, hospitals experienced extra pressure on emergency


services. Here hospitals treated a total of almost 17,500 people in


just one week and many failed to meet the government target on


waiting times. The aim is to get 95% of A patients seen within four


hours. But out of 11 emergency departments here, only the Luton and


Dunstable, Bedford and Peterborough achieved that. There are now calls


for patients to be charged for using emergency services. Stuart Ratcliffe


is at Milton Keynes hospital where they're pushing for a new and bigger


department. The management would like to see a


new, bigger A department. When the Department was first dealt it was


designed to treat around 20,000 patients a year. It is now treating


somewhere around the figure of 80,000. This is one of the


fastest`growing towns in the country so the pressures on this department


are only going to increase. Yesterday I spent the day here to


find out how it coping. On New Year's Day, records were


broken here. Nearly 90 ambulances or patience to this department, more


than any other day in the hospital's history. So how to ease


this pressure? In the summer, Milton Keynes was given ?2.7 million but


the government. Some of that money was spent on new beds to prevent


ambulances stacking up outside. We have new ambulance bays in the last


few weeks. Yesterday we had 88 ambulances coming from South Central


alone, let alone the other surrounding areas. We bring them


into here and we can assess them, give them pain relief. When I


visited on January the 2nd, things had returned to normal. Went out


drinking over New Year, as everybody does. I fell home `` stumbled home


and tripped up a curb and fractured meisters `` thumb. It has been quite


good. They x`rayed me within 15 minutes. The extra funding has paid


for more staff and over Christmas this allowed the department to hit


it waiting time targets. There is a growing belief that in the longer


term, the only option is to build a larger A We are putting together


an outline case for funding for a new A, and people with minor


injuries can still come to this site and be treated in a timely way. But


we will make sure we will have the acute A capacity that will last


the hospital for the next ten to 20 years. But to relieve current


pressures, the hospital once people to think about whether this


department is the right place to be treated. It is very frustrating for


us as a team who are trying to see the patients who need emergency


care. But it is frustrating for the patients as well. So they are having


to wait. It can be frustrating if we are turning them away from here


telling them to go to their GP. There is no doubt our A


departments are under pressure. The question is, with public money so


scarce, how those pressures relieved? So, in summary it was a


successful Christmas and New Year for this A department. It hit all


of its targets and it wasn't the only one to hit it waiting time


targets. The Lister hospital, Luton and Dunstable, Bedford, Peter


borough, Adam Brookes all hit their targets, but Northampton failed to


meet their targets. But the hospital told us it did see a 20% increase in


the number of people using its A department compared to last year.


Back to the report you mentioned earlier, one in three GPs said they


would back the idea of people being charged to use A departments. It


could work something like this, perhaps patients with a charge


between five and ?10 to use the A department. If it was a genuine


emergency you would get it back. emergency you would get it back


This is only an idea and there are no further proposals to introduce


charging just yet. As well as hospitals, ambulance services have


also been busy over the Christmas period.


The East of England Ambulance Service says it received more than


2,000 emergency calls during the New Year celebrations, a slight fall


compared to last year. Most of the calls involved falls or assaults.


A woman from Cambridge who was critically injured when she was


gored by a Highland stag, is tonight making progress despite being in an


induced coma in hospital. Dr Kate Stone suffered a life threatening


injury to her neck when the stag bolted and struck her. Alex Dunlop


has just sent this report from the hospital in Glasgow.


Doctors have carried out an operation on. The Kate Stone's


throat. They say her condition is serious but stable. She is in this


medical induced coma so her windpipe can heal. I spent the day at the


remote village in western Scotland where I found a community bewildered


and shocked. The gate work Dr Kate Stone was gored by the stag, firmly


shut. Dr Stone had been enjoying a short break in the Highlands with


friends and joint party at this hotel. A local musician invited them


back to his home for a nightcap and that is when they discovered the


animal. It seems the stag had wandered into the garden and became


disorientated, unable to find its way out because of this fence. When


Kate Stone and her friends returned late at night, they walked through


the gate, the stag became spooked and charged at her. Its antlers


pierced her neck and chest and Dr Stone was airlifted to hospital in


Glasgow where doctors operated on her windpipe. In summer they are up


on the hill. Local people are appalled by what happened. The stag


ran out of the gate and gored someone as they came out, which is


unbelievable. Someone described it as a one in a million event? It is.


I think it was trapped and just tried to get out. I also heard


everybody else in the group had head torches on and she didn't. The


44`year`old research engineer from Cambridge who is an expert in


microelectronics recently showed off her latest project to the BBC.


Following the accident, her company based in the city told us they had


received overwhelming support from friends around the world. Red stags


are common in this part of the Highlands and very shy. Attacks on


humans are unheard`of. This man is a local shepherd and knows the area


very well. The stags if they are out on open ground, you are safe, they


will not attack. It is when they are cornered in small Gardens or in


forestry corners, they might attack. This part of Scotland is an


important tourist area and locals are keen to assure visitors that


what happened is a rare events, albeit one that has shocked the


whole community. One worrying aspect is that its antlers may have pierced


her throat and her sister fears she may be left paralysed why this. But


it is early days. Doctors say she is making good progress. They hope to


bring out of the medically induced coma in a few days and they make a


proper assessment. More than 4,000 motorists have been


caught speeding in Northamptonshire in the last year but it's not the


work of the police. Instead volunteers have been out on the


county roads clocking speeding drivers. They can't prosecute anyone


but they say their actions are making a difference. 41 miles an


hour. Doing more than 40 in a 3 . hour. Doing more than 40 in a 30.


More than half a dozen cars this lady caught speeding in just a few


minutes. Volunteers like her, she says, can help the police. We have a


small school and the cars can range from anything from 35, 40. 56 is the


most we have had. We can catch anything up to 40 to 50 cars in an


hour in the morning and at night. If they catch drivers going too fast


the details will be passed to the police who will write to the owners


saying when and where the vehicle was speeding. But that is not enough


to prosecute. We know the registration, the type of vehicle


and what day they are coming through. So we can support the


community with mobile reinforcement. You come and do speed checks


yourself? Yes we can. The driver overtaking here was banned for a


year after being filmed by a camera like this one mounted in another


car. The public helping to prosecute, but not all are convinced


about speed watch volunteers. I don't know. Sometimes they think


they have more power than they think they have. Is a letter strong


enough? No, it is just some silly group. Who are they, them and a


thousand other groups telling you not to speed. There is never a


policeman about when somebody is doing 70, but it is very good. More


than 4000 drivers were caught last year. They do an important job. It


adds a lot of valuable evidence to the parish councils and people in


villages to start looking at ways of stopping speeding through their


areas. They can then identify where the hotspots are and get things put


in place. They don't have the powers of the police, but they can help


stop, they say, drivers speeding through their communities.


Work has started to widen the A14 in Northamptonshire to six lanes. Over


the next few weeks there'll be some overnight closures


poultry. If it works, it would be a major breakthrough in the fight


against poisoning. Still to come: What the sporting


calendar has in store for 2014. And the weekend weather forecast, on a


day when we saw plenty of wintry weather.


The acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard was being remembered


today by her friends and neighbours in Suffolk. In recent years, the


writer lived in Bungay. She died there yesterday at the age of 90.


Today, the best`selling author Louis de Bernieres paid his own tribute,


saying she inspired him to move to the area. Our chief reporter Kim


Riley has spent the day in Bungay, gathering memories of one of our


most talented writers. For more than 20 years since she


moved out of London, this market town has been home to Jane Howard.


Here, the author of 14 novels and three works of nonfiction continued


writing to the very end. Married three times, most famously to fellow


author Kingsley Amis, she never won a major literary prize. But her most


famous works, how about a middle`class English family around


the time of World War II, were hugely popular, and made it to TV


and radio. A young Hugh Bonneville, one of the rising stars. Just two


months ago at this restaurant near her home, a launch party was held


for her fifth novel in the series. I was utterly charmed by her. I


thought she was the most remarkable lady. She was great fun. She did


not, for me, come across as particularly frail. She had a great


commerce sparkly sense of humour. It is thanks to Jane Howard that this


old Rectory is home to novelist Louis de Bernieres. When she heard I


was looking for a house in Sussex near to my family, she said, there


is a wonderful house near here. Why do you not go and look at it? So I


did. That is why I am here. She always said she was my honorary


aunt. My own aunts died, and she appointed herself my aunt. And you


have that in one of the books here. I have, an inscription in one of her


books. To my nephew Louis, from aunt Jane. You will miss your Jane. Very


much. Jane Howard's daughter Nicola told


me her mother had been devastated by the death of her brother Colin last


month. She had become physically very frail, but was mentally strong.


She spent three hours per day every day writing, and was halfway through


her next novel. A prolific writer more and by her many friends.


You can find a full obituary of Elizabeth Jane Howard on the BBC


website. Let's move on to sport, and it's a


busy weekend ahead, starting with the rugby tonight. It's football


tomorrow dominated by the FA Cup. Here's Tom.


It's that time again ` round three of the FA Cup. Some say the


competition's unique. Others admit they could do without it. However,


it remains one of the highlights of the footballing calendar. We have


six sides still in it. Here are the ties. Stevenage, who're bottom of


League One, travel to Doncaster. In`form Ipswich are at home.


Peterborough with a potential banana skin away to non`league


Kidderminster. It's Norwich`Fulham. Southend are at home, with MK Dons


away at last year's winners Wigan. The 1`1 Premier League affair there


sees Fulham back at Carrow Road. I think it is a good distraction. It


is a club competition that everyone looks forward to, we are playing


against top`class opposition, which makes the Tasker even tougher, but


we are at home, so I think it is a good distraction. There isn't


anybody that doesn't enjoy the feel of the FA Cup.


Certainly not every manager agrees, including Norwich's former boss Paul


Lambert. He believes the majority of top`flight clubs would rather not


have the distraction, and that "survival" is the priority. The


debate's certainly raging. It's something you want to try and


progress into. The cup has a special meaning to everybody, and in our


game, everybody wants to win. The FA Cup is a big competition. I think it


is a unique competition. Everyone in world football, you always get the


cup, and nothing is like what we've got in our country.


Rob Butler is BBC Radio Norfolk's football pundit. He joins us now.


Rob, does the FA Cup still matter? Of course. As a Norwich fan growing


up, I had great memories of two semifinals in 1989 and 1992. We lost


both, sadly, but those quarterfinal replay nights when we got through


with some of the most magical night there I have ever experienced, and


have still not been tops. Going back a long way, in the 1959 cup run for


Norwich, when the whole history of the club is built on the FA Cup. It


is a real shame that Paul Lambert, of all people, has decided to


degrade it, almost, with his comments, but as a fan, the FA Cup


means everything. And FA Cup win at Norwich would be great. And for


smaller clubs, the chance to earn an upset, and make some money. Yes, we


know too much about that. Last year, at Norwich, Luton town gamely


and one. The first time in non`league team has beaten a Premier


league team. That was very embarrassing. Yesterday, Chris


Hughton said it was the low point of his Norwich career. Also, fans will


remember when we thrashed Sutton United. The certain players were


clapped off by the Norwich fans that day, and it is great to see MK dons


having a crack, and Wigan Athletic, the FA Cup holders, and


Kidderminster go to Peter Rook, which is a potential banana skin as


well. Thank you very much for that. You can hear more on the BBC Radio


one but their word Norfolk broadcast tomorrow. Andy King has been in


temporary charge at Northampton since the sacking of Aydi Boothroyd,


before Christmas. And you can hear more from Rob and


Still no word from Northampton on their next manager.


In rugby, Northampton play tonight against one of their Premiership


rivals, Harlequins. It's second versus fourth at Franklin's Gardens.


Saints could go top with victory. So they're going for the title. We


have football clubs in promotion and relegation battles. Much to look


forward to in 2014. Golf's Ryder Cup. Football's World Cup and of


course the Commonwealth Games. 17 sports on show in Glasgow, including


gymnastics and shooting. Both have athletes from our region looking to


impress this summer. They are on a roll at this gym club.


British men's champions for years in a row, led by man of the moment Max


Whitlock. 2014 is a big year for Macs and gymnastics. Medals at the


Europeans, the worlds, and the Commonwealth games are there for the


taking. The Commonwealth games are a great competition for us. In the


public eye, it is massive. We just want to go out there and enjoy the


petition. That is what I want to do. And hopefully I can qualify for


the Commonwealth games, because it would be an amazing experience.


Believe it or not, Max and his training planners are out of shape.


Motivated for the year ahead, but carrying a few extra pounds. We


trained a little bit in between Christmas and New Year, and I could


see they were struggling. Gymnastics is one of 17 sports at the


Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Another sport on the programme


requires a little movement as possible, apart from the trigger


finger. From Basildon to Cambridge, where to Britain's best shooters set


their sights on Glasgow. They are team`mates at this club, but in


Glasgow, they could be rivals. The rest will play for England, Jenny


for Wales. I'm pretty sure it will not be much of a rivalry, but at the


end of the day, both of us will come off the podium with smiles on our


faces. Whatever happens, there will be a hug at the end. Jenny has


already been selected, while the rest, 17, is on target to reach her


first major competition and shoot against a training partner. I am


going there for one reason. It will be my first time on the podium. Last


games, I was forth. This time I want to be on the podium. Ultimately,


having someone who can shoot and at every training session, someone who


has that push that just makes you shoot that little bit better, and


one that little bit more, going into a competition with the mindset that


you have trained with, you can't ask for anything better. For our leading


athletes, they have to put a disappointing 12 months behind them.


Robbie Grabarz's initial aim is the indoor Championships in March. In


the same month, Formula one returns, with Red Bull once again favourites


to dominate. There are few who think England's football team will do that


in Brazil this summer. As for England's believe good cricket


captain Alastair Cook, will he still be in charge in June when Sri Lanka


arrive? One thing is sure, Milton Keynes golfer Ian Poulter wants to


spend his summer at Gleneagles, hoping to be Europe's Ryder Cup


talismans again. And as a footnote to that, worth a


quick glance at the top of the Football Conference. Luton and


Cambridge seem to be going head`to`head in the race to be


promoted back to the Football League. The Hatters are unbeaten in


18 matches. The U's start the new year protecting a 100% home record.


Now, severe weather is threatening the weekend's sporting calendar.


Keep an eye on the BBC Sport website for news of cancellation, plus, of


course, your local BBC Radio station.


Now, dare I ask from. Lots of things to look forward to in 2014. What


you're looking forward to? It would be lovely to see Luton or Cambridge


get back into the league. But I am a big golf not, and the Ryder Cup is


very special. Ian Poulter, who has been unbeaten in his last couple of


Ryder Cup matches, to win at Gleneagles will be magic. And your


New Year 's resolution is to tweet more. Seriously! Follow me.


Now, of course, you've seen parts of the country are being battered by


storms and high tides. But it looks as though our region has got away


with it, this time. In our region, the Environment Agency has issued a


number of flood warnings, which means flooding is expected, and


flood alerts, which means flooding is possible. Be prepared. Our


reporter Neil Bradford is at North Bank near Peterborough now.


Good evening. Tonight, the water levels near this sluice have dropped


quite significantly, but the road remains closed only for access and


is likely to do so for some time. Earlier today, the road, which runs


to beat Brad, was submerged. This was one of two areas where flood


warnings remain in place. The other is across the county border in


Northamptonshire. That's at a caravan park which is prone to


flooding. As you can see, the levels of the river there are quite high,


but no damage to property yet. Elsewhere across the region, there


are nine flood alerts in place, which means flooding is possible.


And it is not only flooding. We have had a number of hailstorms across


the region today? Yes, that is right. They viewer sent us this


footage of what he described as a massive hailstorm, which in just a


few minutes, left his Road in South Cambridgeshire in a carpet of


white, and another viewer from Westley is not only got his camera


out, but also his tape measure. He says the hailstones varied in size,


but some were as big as two centimetres in diameter. Of course,


here in the open and land, it is the wind that is causing the problems


tonight. If you are concerned about flooding, however, you can get the


latest information on the Environment Agency website for their


flood line. The screen. Thank you very much. All kinds of weather to


content with today. What can we expect this weekend?


Still unsettled, and the Atlantic continue to throw all it can at the


British Isles. We have got off more likely than other parts of the


country, but today we have had rain, hail, strong wind, blowing in from


the south`west, and costs between 40 and 50 miles an hour. Let's look at


the showers and where they have affected the region. Where there are


bright colours, you can see how heavy they were, but there are less


of them around. So although there is still a risk of show this evening


and overnight, they will be less frequent will stop also, the wind


will become much lighter through the night. Still breezy by the end of


the night, but more of a light to moderate south`westerly by dawn. In


terms of temperature, the Atlantic brings in slightly milder air. For


some of us, we might get down to around three Celsius, but at most,


four or five degrees, keeping us free of the frost. The next area of


rain you can see on the chart is moving in to start Saturday. This is


the pressure pattern for the weekend. You can see low`pressure on


Saturday. The next low winds itself up in the Atlantic to bring some wet


and windy weather later on on Sunday. So although it will not rain


all the time, expect some wet and windy weather right through the


weekend. Having said that, it will not be as windy through tomorrow,


but there will be quite a lot of rain to content with through the


morning. Some of it is on the heavy side. The good news is, it looked as


if it were clear into the afternoon, so for some of us, we cease to be


drier and brighter, particularly across the west by the end of the


day. But in coastal part of Essex and Suffolk, you may well hang on to


some wet and cloudy conditions until much later, before it gradually


clears away, and then we get clearing skies for tomorrow night.


That means it will be a widespread frost, and there is a chance of icy


patches where there has been alien rain. This is our pressure pattern


for Sunday. Huge area of low`pressure filling almost the


whole north Atlantic. It will not as much impact as was previously


thought, but it will bring rain and strong winds on Sunday. Having said


that, much of the daily 's like this. Try and bright weather. We


start next week still unsettled, so just be aware of the frost tomorrow


night. Everything thrown in for good measure.


Have a good weekend. Goodbye.


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