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Free school dinners for all children aged seven and unddr.
And counting down to the Commonwealth Gales.
Find out how our hopefuls are getting on,
First tonight, concerns that the largest hospital in
our region is facing a Summdr Crisis because it can't cope with demand.
Addenbrooke's in Cambridge has seen a surge in A
admissions and for the last fortnight it's been on "black alert"
It means planned surgery like hip operations are being postponed.
Patients who are admitted to A will be treated, but could then be
transferred to other nearby hospitals where there is bed space.
Day units could soon be staxing open overnight
and all local GPs have been sent a letter asking them to think twice
We'll be talking to the Chief Executive of Addenbrooke's
First let's go to Mike Cartwright, who is at the hospital now.
Addenbrooke's Hospital, world`renowned and expanding. But,
for the last fortnight, fall. Despite that, this letter w`s sent
to GPs in this part of Cambridgeshire Peterborough and out
into Suffolk asking the question, can patients be treated elsdwhere
because here they are full. For Anthony Fleming, this is hugely
frustrating. His hip replacdment order been cancelled once. Last
week, with no beds, a nurse told him it was cancelled again. She was
extremely sorry that I will not be having that operation due to a
shortage of beds. Because what beds they did have, they were reserved
for cancer patients which is understandable. But I was
devastated. I just wanted to get this job over and done with because
it has been playing me up for some time. This is the letter th`t
Addenbrooke's Hospital sensd to GPs. Pressures were severe they said
With no spare beds for planned operations, there were no bdds in
AMD. They say staff shortagds are a big part of the problem. Ond of the
biggest problems is staff. Hf you're looking to say can cut in that
area, maybe vacancies don't get filled as fast as they might
otherwise. The number of posts is also smaller and that is a challenge
and it will continue to be so. Bucklers have more than doubled in
recent years at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
Only last week reported that the hospital's rid maternity unht was
having to ten expectant mothers away. They closed 15 times last
year. Addenbrooke's Hospital is one of our fastest growing hosphtals but
for the last fortnight, it has been full. So what does this mean for
patients? Other hospitals that macro hospital Sabin primed to take in
some patients. But those hospitals have their own pressures. This is a
black alert in the summertile so many people are asking what it will
be like in the winter time when things such as flu, coughs `nd colds
Well, earlier I spoke to Dr Keith McNeil, the chief dxecutive
of Addenbrooke's hospital and asked him what had gone wrong.
The crux of the problem is the in demand on all our servicds,
both the emergency room but also on the for us to provide spdcialist
care in and surgery, cancer and obstetrics ` across the board.
Could this not have been foreseen and better planned for
In 2010 and 2011 the hospit`l was on Black Alert for 89 days,
the following year 124 and the one after that for 090.
There is a pattern emerging here isn't there?
We do plan for a rise in demand every year and, in fact,
we had planned last year for demand to go up by about 5% on historical
growth targets and what we knew was happening with the population.
We have over the last coupld of months been surprised
by the extent of the demands compared to this time last xear
Has the hospital bitten off more than it can chew?
It will take a little while for our plans to come to frtition,
but we will cope and we will deal and provide safe, high`qualhty care
I have no doubt that when the patients are able to get
into your hospital about the care is good and high`qtality
It is the fact that some patients can t
access your hospital becausd you are telling them we have not thd space?
If patients need to access our hospital we will absolutely
provide and find the space they need to receive the care they nedd.
What are asking is that it if they can find
a suitable alternative and they can get that care in another setting,
they should access that rather than coming to us in the first instance.
So how long do you think is current situation with
It is a day`to`day prospect, so it changes.
We were amber and red last week on Sundays and some days this week we
And if you've had an operation cancelled
or you've been told there are no beds free in your local hospital,
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Two months ahead of the votd on Scottish Independence,
people living in Corby have held their own mini`referendum.
The town is nicknamed "Little Scotland" because of its
Those who took part in the mock ballot voted overwhelmingly
It doesn't take a leap of the imagination to see why they call
this town little Scotland. This Highland gathering, a yearlx event
in Corbis is the 1960s, it has been estimated that often town's publish
either born in Scotland or have ancestors there. There will get to
vote in the real independence referendum, but many have strong
views on it. Either we should support the union. I think Scotland
should be independent. Just like southern islanders. Corby's Scottish
risk about the 1930s when workers came down from north of the border
for jobs at the steelworks `nd by Glasgow firms. Many remained, even
after the factory closed. The mock ballot here was not supposed
spokeswoman on Scotland turned up firmly
except they don't have our votes but they have that whether
they have a voice. We are t`ken by the finer people across the UK
that actually do not want Scotland, by and large, to leave
Britain. In, 500 and 76 people cast their vote and the result w`s clear.
162 said yes. 440 said no. Disappointing you might think for
those campaigning in favour of Scottish independence. personally,
I'm quite surprised that thdy voted `` that the vote for yes was so
high. I imagine that in most parts of England has been less engagement
on the real issues that we `re talking about here in Scotl`nd. What
we know is that the arguments for independence or come dancing a yes
vote. This was not a scienthfic votes. But this little referendum in
little Scotland gives a little flavour of people's views on the big
debate on Scottish independdnce and the future of the
By the end of this summer, Luton should finally get
its inner ring road ` 40 ye`rs after it was first planned.
The final section was offichally opened this morning
Driving through Luton has ndver been easier. Traffic jams and congestion
are a daily reality. But cotncillors say in the coming weeks it will get
easier. Today, it the missing link in the town's inner ring ro`d was
officially opened by transport Minister Baroness... She was in her
second year of university btt the project was first planned more than
40 years ago. She said at it has been worth the wait. It is be
designed 40 years ago it wotld almost certainly have been ` scheme
that would sliced the town `nd destroyed the life of the town
centre of Luton. So with modern approaches to how we do town
planning, this will support the town centre, it supports a lot of the
other developments. The two`mile stretch as cost ?24 million. 60
million of it came on the Government and it finally complete 's ``
completes Luton and its inndr ring road after Southern section first
opened in the 1970s. It runs from old Bedford Road via crescents road
to Saint Mary 's roundabout. Councillors say it will makd a big
difference. It is fantastic to be able to achieve this after 40 years
of waiting. It will be an asset to the town. It will relieve congestion
in the town centre. E`mail taken more than 40 years to get at this
stage, the motorists will h`ve to have a little more patience. The
road is not expected to open to traffic for another two or three
weeks. For Luton's long`suffering drivers, it seems they could at last
be light at the end of the tunnel. A ?250 million scheme to expand
the Grosvenor Shopping Centre in Northampton has been scr`pped
after a developer pulled out. Legal and General
and Northamptonshire Borough Council have parted company over
plans to jointly redevelop Demolition is already underway
at the four`acre site. The Council is now looking for
a new partner to develop thd site. A man suffering from amnesi` who was
found wandering around Peterborough has been identified
following a national appeal. The mystery man is
Alvydas Kanaporis. He's 22 and originally
from Lithuania. He still can't remember anything
about his past and is being treated His brother saw
the appeal online and made contact. Coming up, we asked if the
government can deliver on their promise of free school dinndrs. And
we interview Anthony Agogo, fresh from his latest triumph in the ring.
A flagship government progr`mme to give all infants free school
meals from the autumn term hs still running into problems.
The plan means many schools in the region must expand
their kitchens, or build new ones, as well as recruit more staff.
It is clear that a number of schools are set to miss
At the school, they are ahe`d of the game. The team of cooks havd been
trailing the new scheme, today, pouring `` preparing hundreds of
meals. Today, there is cott`ge pie with Russia cauliflower and carrots.
`` fresh cauliflower. There is also fresh fruit salad. It has to be as
locally sourced as we can gdt, and everything has to be made on site. A
full choice menu for year one and year two people have an phased in.
Do you like a hot lunch? Yes all stop putting are my favourite. ``
yes. Putting is my favouritd. Cottage pie. Chips. Fish and chips.
Fish and some sausages. You like vegetables? No, I like potatoes And
I'd like to know. It has bedn well received. The children love the
dinners and the parents havd helped to shape the menus. I think it is
going really well. When you have children who are well`nourished
amity you get better behaved children? It is still early days but
we notice a difference in the afternoon. The children are more
full and they are not full of sugar. We have a well`balanced meal
inside them. I think we will notice a difference. At this school, a few
technology room is to becomd a kitchen. I am really a `` food
technology room all stop I `m really excited because I've have ndver had
a hot `` room. I am really dxcited because I've never had a hot meal at
school. It is the timing for me We have had a year to implement and
research everything properlx. This Junior school kitchen currently
provide colleges to 70 people in a nearby infant school. That number is
likely to rise to around 150, delivered in hot containers by
battery powered containers. `` vehicles. This infant school in
Colchester in one of many f`cing big bills for new serving equiplent It
is feared hundreds of infants in the country will be served with cold,
not hot meals, at the beginning of the term. The school meals policy
was championed by Nick Clegg. The party spokesperson on education is
Simon Wright, and I asked hhm if it was right to get a free school
to the child if the parents could afford to pay. The government is
working on the basis of the evidence that has been provided by the pilot
scheme that has taken place between 2009`2011, and those schemes ensure
that you get the best benefht you the offer is universal. The
attainment improvement is greatest when there is an offer that applies
to everyone, and in those areas where the pilots took place,
children are doing about two months ahead of children in other parts of
the country. We know that providing a hot meal at lunch time will help
children to remain focused for the rest of the day and it helps to
support an improvement in bdhaviour across the school.
that you know that a hot me`l achieves that, and yet, you are
prepared to accept that somd schools will only be offering a cold meal. A
tiny portion of schools will, in the short term, be looking at ddlivering
a cold option whilst they gdt their facilities in place for the longer
term, but it is a small minority of schools. The vast majority will be
serving hot and healthy lunches and those that cannot right now, will be
getting support in the future. Why do you not spend this money on
teachers so that we have better paid teachers and not industrial action?
I agree that we need to support a string then `` and to strengthen the
workforce. But I also know that teachers will find jobs easher in
the classroom if they have children who have been well fed, bec`use
their concentration levels `re so much greater. As you know, there are
some counties in this region which are struggling to attain thd levels
of education that the government wants. They have now had to worry
about finding where their school meal is going to be cooked, about
building a kitchen, rather than worrying about driving up standards.
This is an important part of helping schools to drive up standards,
because of the range of bendfits that can come from delivering meals
to children, to make sure they are well said so that they can focus in
class. This is one part of the puzzle that is being solved. Are you
saying parents do not know what to feed their children? I would
that schools have to providd meals to a very high standard of
nutrition, and that ultimatdly will bring long`term benefits to those
individuals, and also, to otr health services, and other statutory
services that are struggling to deal with the impact of issues lhke
childhood obesity. Thank yot very much.
So, are you a governor, a tdacher, a parent or a pupil?
Does your school have a new plan in place for September?
If so, get in touch now because we shall be
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This week on Look East, we shall be counting down to the Commonwealth
Games and introducing you to some of the athletes from our region who
Some of them were in action this weekend at the
He is the sprinting showman who has yet to truly entertain. Four years
ago, he took silver in Delhh and became one of the poster boxs of
London 2012 stop but his form could not match the personality or the
publicity. He did not even lake the squad. Ever since, he has bden
channeling the frustration `s best he can, and on Friday night in
Glasgow, he sent out quite ` message. 30.22. Once again,
consistent. I have been doing some interesting work when I was in the
United States earlier this season, and they were trying to teach me
that confidence does not cole into it. You have a job to do, jtst get
out there and do it. Regardless of how ICL from day to day, I try and
state `` how ICL from day to day, I just try to get out there and do it.
He beat some of the world's fast is in the process. The most important
thing is to be consistent. @t this moment, he is consistent. Hd is
always in contention, and that always puts the fear of God into the
people around you, because dven when you are pushing, if you makd a tiny
essay, he is on you, and th`t is a huge advantage that he has `t the
moment. `` a tiny mistake. There was disappointment for Craig Rutherford.
The lipid champion was left stewing in this tent after injuring his knee
in the warm`up, but he says he will be back fighting fit in a fortnight.
There is only a short progr`mme of his ability evidence at the
Commonwealth Games, so one Paralympian Champion misses out
This was just his bird `` third race back after a string of injuries
just 100th of a second separating him with the world record holder,
but he will be back at the anniversary games in London this
weekend. Tomorrow we meet the husband
and wife badminton pair frol Milton Keyes who will becomd
the first married couple to compete Tomorrow we meet the husband
and wife badminton pair frol Milton Keyes who will becomd
the first married couple to compete Joining me in the studio now is
boxer Anthony Ogogo, from Lowestoft, who incidentally won silver at
the Commonwealths four years ago.. Anthony's here because he m`de it
a magnificent seven at the weekend. Seven professional fights,
seven wins. beating Wayne Reed with a
fifth`round stoppage in Livdrpool. I have been looking at your Twitter
account. Olympic medallist `nd future world champion. How far are
we going down that road is the mark that is a good reaction. Hopefully
in a couple of years I will have a nice belt around my waist. H think I
am supposed to be the next, next James Bond him about I don't know.
The difference between amatdur and professional, how are you fhnding
that? It is really tough. I have to go back to the drawing board and
start again as a pro. Seven fights in just into a year of my pro
career, I am kind of getting it and I am kind of getting it and die be.
I'd think I have `` and where I wants to be. I would like to be
English and British champion next year and then go on from thdre,
maybe European and then onto world champion. It is a slow procdss but
boxing is very tough. You are spending a lot of time in Alerica.
Do they like it? I hope so! I am doing loads of my training here I
do a lot of training down in London as well. I have also had thd
privilege to train over in @merica as well, which is great, because
boxing over there is really good. My next fight is in just under five
weeks in Los Angeles, California, and that will be an other great
experience I can add to my tally of good experiences. Eight in ` row, we
hope. But look at some picttres of you with your silver medal from the
Commonwealth Games. This is you fighting. Part of you would
be fighting in the Commonwe`lth Games again? It was an amazhng
experience. It was the first time I went to a multi`event sport. And yet
was brilliant. The guys going to Glasgow this year will have a great
time. `` India was brilliant. Obviously, I went on and improved my
medal success at the Commonwealth Games. We met all your family and
her mother and everything bdfore the Olympics. Are they all right? Really
well, thank you. One of my four sisters is very heavily pregnant and
is about to pop, so hopefully by the weekend we will have another
addition to the Ogogo clan. Lovely to see you. Stay safe.
Well, from boxing to politics, and some big names at Westmhnster
could be hanging up their gloves in the next 24 hours as the
Prime Minister re`shuffles his top tea, and it seems they might
We are already starting to get an idea of who is losing their jobs. It
will probably not be until tomorrow morning when we find that too is
being promoted. There is a lot a chat about several of our MPs. Top
of the list is Lizabeth Trost, currently in Education Minister A
lot of people are wondering if she is going to go into the cabhnet I
have seen one rumour that she could be about to replace Eric pickles.
Perhaps joining her is in and he he was the business that deals minister
and a close ally of George Osborne. One MP, Therese Coffey, and also
being talked about is Andrew Lindsley, because many people think
he is about to get the boot. `` Andrew Ramsey.
Let's take a look at the we`ther. During the course of the wedkend, 70
mm in some parts, not far from a month's worth of rain in ond day.
Today, a much quieter day, lots of sunshine across the region on the
satellite picture, but it whll not last for long, because this cloud is
gradually working its way towards us. A dry start to this evening
Sunny as well in some places, but the cloud thickening, and they will
get some pieces of rain. It was quite in Kabul night for sldeping
for some people last night. Tomorrow, `` uncomfortable night for
sleeping. Tomorrow, a mixture of bright or sunny spells and bearable
amount of cloud. You could get the odd shower. I would not be surprised
if there were one or two around For many places, a dry day. It should
feel fairly warm through thd afternoon as well. High pressure
continues, and another fine and dry day in many places, keeping these
weather fronts at bay. On Friday, this humid air coming up from Spain
in the Bay at this gay. It should state dry `` Bay of Biscay. It
should stay dry and get even hotter on Friday the of that going into
Friday, this area of low prdssure pushes up from the south,
interacting with the warm and humid air. Some thunderstorms in the West
on Thursday night. A lot of uncertainty in this sort of setup,
so it is worth staying tuned to the forecast for the next days. You can
see the temperatures are st`rting to hot up in the week. Perhaps getting
close to 30 degrees and Thursday and possibly Friday as well. Quhte
uncomfortable for sleeping through the end of this week. An increasing
risk of some thunderstorms towards Friday and Friday nights. Wd will
keep you posted for the next two days. `` Thursday and Fridax nights.
Thank you very much. See yot later on this evening. Goodbye.
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