05/02/2014 Look East - West


05/02/2014

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Good evening. First tonight, doctors at Bedford Hospital have raised

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serious concerns about a new contract to support people with bone

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and muscular problems. They're worried that a provisional contract

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offered to Circle Health will lead to financial losses and force

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patients to travel elsewhere for care. Circle says it's a fuss about

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nothing. Stewart Ratcliffe has the details. This is one of the forwards

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where a patient is currently treated. The contract to manage

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these services has been awarded to Circle Health. Doctors here feel

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that if Bedford signed up to the contract, it could lead to financial

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shortfalls, workforce gaps and service failings, perhaps

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threatening the viability of a unique `` A If the contract

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contained clauses which lay a significant clinical or financial

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risk at our door, in particular the financial risk, that will have major

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implications for not only the musculoskeletal service, but also

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other services, because no service stand alone. This hospital is

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already ?8 million in debt. The real concern is, if this new contract

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means the hospital is paid less per patient per treatment, it could

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undermine the financial stability of our spittle and threaten the future

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of some of its services. The commissioning group says this new

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contract will not mean less money being paid for services. Bedford

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Hospital have been offered a contract under the same terms they

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have now to provide those services. I don't know if they are going to

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provide the services. Good people in Deptford find themselves going to

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Luton... Absolutely not, patients have toys. I don't know why they are

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concerned. I don't know why they make such a fuss about this. But the

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hospital, this is about safeguarding services and ultimately,

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safeguarding its future. The iury is still considering its

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verdict in the trial of two men accused of assisting a serial

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killer. Joanna Dennehy has admitted to murdering three men and dumping

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their bodies in ditches around Peterborough. Leslie Leyton is seen

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here filling a fuel can, which the court was told he used to burn out

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one of the victim's car. He's also accused of helping to dump the

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bodies, along with Gary Stretch, seen here in the green. Both men

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deny the charges. A teenage girl has been sexually assaulted on a bus

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travelling between Milton Keynes and Bedford. Police have released CCTV

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footage of a man they want to speak to. The 17`year`old girl ordered the

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coach at Buckingham and the man got on at Central Milton Keynes.

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The developers of a warehouse in Buckinghamshire destroyed by fire

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last month ignored advice to fit a sprinkler system. It's emerged the

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Fire Service recommended sprinklers during the planning process of the

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Liebherr Warehouse in Newport Pagnell more than ten years ago.

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Liebherr Warehouse in Newport Pagnell more than ten years ago But

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Pagnell more than ten years ago. But there was no legal requirement for

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them to be fitted. Senior fire officers now want a change in the

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law. The number of people in our region

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who are classed as overweight or obese is on the increase. A national

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league table shows that in some towns more than three quarters of

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people fall into those categories. Several areas here have some of

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worst obesity rates in the country. Our reporter Emma Baugh joins me now

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with the details, Emma. Topping the list in our region is

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Milton Keynes with more than 72 per cent of the population being classed

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as overweight ` that's more than seven in ten people. That's followed

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by Corby and Wellingborough with a figure of more than 70 per cent.

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by Corby and Wellingborough with a figure of more than 70 per cent But

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figure of more than 70 per cent. But at the other end of the scale ` the

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areas where the fewest number of people are seen as overweight is in

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Cambridge at 54 per cent and Luton at 59. In Milton Keynes, one man has

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lost seven and a half stone to help change his lifestyle. That was the

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main reason, I did keep to it, plus the way I looked, I didn't want to

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look like an elephant all the time. I just wanted to look normal and

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where normal clothes. I feel so much better. The figures are based on

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Body Mass Index. The actual calculation is your weight in

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kilograms, divided by the square of your height in metres. But BMI is

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only a rough guide. It can't distinguish whether the weight is

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fat or muscle. More is now being done to encourage us to exercise.

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GPs can now refer patients to gyms instead of giving them a

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prescription. It has been incredible is successful, over the past three

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years I have seen over 80% of people who take part in the programme make

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a significant reduction to their weight loss, in particular we have

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had a number of clients who have lost upwards of three stone in

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weight by taking part in this programme and have to support so

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they know what they are doing will benefit them. But obesity is a

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problem that's likely to get worse. It's been predicted that by 2050 at

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least half of us will be classed as obese.

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In tonight's football a fan was taken seriously ill during

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Peterborough United's Johnstone's Peterborough United's Johnstone's

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Paint Trophy match with Swindon Town. The game was stopped whilst

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the fan was treated by paramedics. He has since been taken to hospital.

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The game ended 2`2. The highways agency has withdrawn proposals for a

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plan which would have seen the westbound slip road at junction 23

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widened. They say it is now concentrating on the road around the

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Histon north of Cambridge. That is before the new route of the 814 is

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open. That's all from us. Good night.

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A few showers moving through overnight, it will be largely fine

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and dry with some clear spells and the winds, easing to a moderate to

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fresh south`westerly. A scattering of showers around tomorrow morning,

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for most of us, dry start of the day, perhaps even with some

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sunshine. Temperatures around average, with mainly moderate south

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to southeasterly wind for much of the day, although they are expected

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to pick up later on. A wet end to the day, outbreaks of rain heavy,

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continuing through tomorrow evening. In a moment, the National forecast

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but I will leave you with the Outlook.

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As you have just heard, the little respite between one storm system and

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another and it is that cumulative effect which will cause further

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problems in the coming days with risks of flooding and further damage

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and destruction. This area of cloud is Saturday's potential stormy

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weather. Before that we have clout to the north west of Spain and

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Portugal which will come our way tomorrow. That is hot on the heels

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of this area of cloud. It is still with us at the moment. The winds are

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easing down, but there are still some gusty winds in the central

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belt. It is wet and windy in Shetland, but compared to today the

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winds will be much lighter. It will be a chilly night into tomorrow

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morning with a touch of

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