17/02/2014 Look East - West


17/02/2014

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BBC Two in a few moments, asking what lessons the flood

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Good evening. First tonight, questions and confusion over the

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future of Papworth Hospital. The Government is now reviewing its plan

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to move the hospital from its site near Huntingdon to Cambridge. The

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move has been planned for years. Work was due to start on a new

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multi`million pound site near Addenbrooke's this summer. But it's

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now emerged the project hasn't been signed off yet and the Government is

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looking again at the benefits of the move and it's affordability. This

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report from Ben Bland. Papworth Hospital. It was here they

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carried out the UK's first successful transplant in 1979. Now,

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the UK's biggest centre for heart and lungs Andre, `` surgery,

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treating many patients per year. It treating many patients per year It

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has outgrown its ageing holdings and in December, the Chief Executive

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told Luke East that it would move to a brand`new site right next to

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Addenbrooke's Hospital. The plans are already well advanced. This

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artist's impression was created showing how it would look.

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Construction work, due to work this summer. The hospital complete by

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2017. Now, the Government has ordered a review of the whole move,

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looking at whether it makes sense financially and how much patients

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would benefit. Clearly was very disappointed that we were informed

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of this literally the Friday before Christmas. What we are aiming to do

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is to give the answers back to the Treasury as quickly as possible so

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that then they can be in a position to give as a speedy answer. I would

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hope that certainly by early to mid March, that all the information they

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need they will have. The Department of Health wouldn't let anyone

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forward for interview but in a statement, said...

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An alternative option that has been considered is moving it to Peter

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Bratt instead. The trust that runs that hospital is in financial

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trouble, unable to afford the cost of its new building. ``

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Peterborough. There is unused space which Papworth could move into. The

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financial issues around Peterborough Prison big that moving part with

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their, clinically would be wrong, but it would also make it relatively

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small dent in the size of the deficit. People travel from across

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the region for treatment at Papworth. Even Prince Phillip had

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heart surgery there one Christmas. They moved to Cambridge would cost

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up to ?170 million. The Government says it is expecting to make a

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decision soon. A body has been found in a river in

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Leighton Buzzard. Bedfordshire Police won't be drawn on speculation

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that it might be that of Neil Devlin, the local man who went

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missing on New Year's Day. Waseem Mirza is here now. What more can you

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tell us? Police and firefighters were called

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to the River Ouzel at the back of a street named Taylor's Ride, in

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Leighton Buzzard, at 2:45 this afternoon. A member of the public

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raised the alarm after seeing a body in the waters. Now within the last

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few hours, officers have told me that a body has since been found.

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Yes, it's almost seven weeks since Neil Devlin went missing in Leighton

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Buzzard after leaving a friend's house on New Year's Day. He was

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reported missing after he failed to turn up for his job at Morrisons.

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The 36`year`old has mild learning difficulties and at the time police

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searched stretches of water in Leighton Buzzard. Tonight,

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Bedfordshire Police won't speculate on the identity of the body that's

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been found. They say their investigations are ongoing.

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Thank you very much. Next, to a row in Northamptonshire

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over the phasing out of middle schools. The County Council released

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more details about its plans today but many parents aren't convinced.

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At the moment in East Northamptonshire there are lower,

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middle and upper schools but the council wants to reduce that to just

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primary and secondary schools. It will affect 13 schools and aims to

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raise standards. The future of Northamptonshire's

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Middle schools has certainly sparked many heated discussions. The council

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insist no decisions have been made. If the loud voice is that we don't

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want this to happen, the County Council will step away from it. Then

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it will be down to each individual school to deal with the impact of

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that themselves and to deal with the costs of that themselves. It would

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be a fractured system. This is an example of where you have the lower

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and middle schools right next door to each other. Some parents have

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raised concerns that if the middle school were too close, some of the

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buildings would be sold off for redevelopment, something they say

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would you short`sighted, particularly in such a growing area.

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The County Council fee that would not happen. Instead, the buildings

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would be retained and incorporated into one large primary school.

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Parents are also worried about standards. This middle school

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received a good Ofsted rating, whereas its replacement requires

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improvements, which the school says are taking place. I think trajectory

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is that we are on a trajectory to good. That is where we want to be in

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the next step, which we expect sometime in September. Northampton

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abolished its middle schools ten years ago and they are, the council

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says the figures speak for themselves. In 2003, 46.2 above got

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high GCSEs. For Priscilla, it is a case of deja vu having fought

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against the system in the 1970s supplied a Mac it shows that to tear

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his work. The majority of the country has two tear. It is ironic

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because my vision was proved right. The consultation runs until the

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middle of March and the council insists it is listening and all

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views are welcome. In football, Peterborough United are

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back at Wembley for the first time in 14 years after beating Swindon

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Town in a penalty shoot`out to reach the final of the Johnstone's Paint

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Trophy. Tommy Rowe scored the crucial

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spot`kick in the past hour. Posh had to come from a 1`0 down, conceding

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after half an hour. Top scorer Britt Assombalonga with the equaliser

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after 75 minutes, before Posh won a tense shoot`out 4`3. They'll play

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the winner of Chesterfield against Fleetwood tomorrow night.

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That's it from Look East but let's finish with the weather and Julie

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Reinger. Hello. Further outbreaks of rain

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moving eastwards during tonight. Could have some heavy bursts mixed

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in but it should be a frost`free night, with temperatures down to six

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degrees. Light to moderate southerly winds. Tomorrow, perhaps a bit of

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mist and perhaps some fog for some others. Generally cloudy skies once

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that has cleared with a little bit of brightness and sunshine if we are

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lucky. A scattering of showers, some of which could be heavy with thunder

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and hail mixed in. Highs of around 10 degrees and with light

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south`westerly winds, these showers, even in the afternoon, I likely to

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be slow`moving and could be on the heavy side. Becoming less widespread

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as we head into tomorrow evening. Nina has a national forecast but I

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will leave you with the Outlook. Wednesday is looking cloudy but dry.

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for the most part on Wednesday, it will turn more

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Whilst across the whole of the country the general weather pattern

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shows no signs of completely settling down there is some good

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news. There will be some drier spells over the next couple of days,

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