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Hello and welcome to Look East. In the programme tonight:
what next for two of our hospitals as they face escalating costs?
Another horse doping revelation shakes Newmarket `
this time, the horse under investigation is owned by the Queen.
As the Commonwealth Games get under way,
we look at where we can expect to pick up medals.
And it needs some TLC, but this seaside pier could be all yours
First tonight, the dilemma facing the NHS.
and still provide the care patients deserve.
Change is needed and fast, say doctors,
the Bedfordshire risks overspending by ?50 million.
greater demands on healthcare and an aging population.
And hospitals in Bedford and Milton Keynes are feeling the pressure.
But local people are worried the push for change and cutting costs
will mean facilities at their nearest hospital will be downgraded.
Neil Bradford's at Bedford Hospital now.
Since this review began in to both hospitals, has been speculation
about Accident and Emergency services here at Bedford Hospital.
32 different solutions have been considered, they have been whittled
down to five. All five options are being looked at and contain some
form of emergency care at Bedford Hospital. Some are better, some are
worse than the service currently provided. What is sure that the
services provided now cannot stay. With rising costs and falling
budgets, health care provision in Milton Keynes
and Bedford needs urgent attention. The Clinical Commissioning Groups
responsible for that care say the current provision
is unsustainable. In January, they began reviewing
emergency services in both towns. Unions are worried about
the outcome for Bedford Hospital. It looks
like a de`escalation or downgrading of A services at Bedford Hospital
in favour of another trust locally. Very worrying and disconcerting, not
only for the stakeholders but obviously conversely employees
and users at Bedford Hospital. The CCGs are looking at five
possible models of emergency care. Three out of the five scenarios
involve an enhanced A department in Milton Keynes
while the other two include All scenarios include some level
of emergency care at both sites. The clinical commissioning groups
for Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes say there are no
preconceived outcomes. The preferred options go to public
consultation later this year. The patient watchdog says it is
important that people take part. We always have concerns
because any change is worrying for people, people always have
concerns about changes. But I think the important thing
is we have to have a say The review is also looking
at community`based care and ways of reducing
emergency admissions. The Clinical
Commissioning Groups say So will patients notice the
depends on the outcome of this depends on the
review. Those conducting it says review. Those conducting it says
most patients will not. For example, if you turned up at Accident and
Emergency, you're still be treated. What happens next? If it is a minor
injuries unit or something on that scale, you'll be treated and then
transferred to a bigger unit. To a certain degree, that is all ready
happening with things like heart attacks. Thank you.
Dr Dianne Bell is from
the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group,
at the same time as improving the service.
It is about the fact that the models of care we have
actually are not suitable for the population's needs these days.
But money here is the most important thing, isn't it?
And you you've got millions and millions of pounds
This is about getting value for the money we have.
So, yes, we do have limited resources, that is an inevitability.
It is in our personal budget, it is in our NHS budgets as well.
But we know we can do more with the money we are given.
And that is what this review is about.
The thing that people are really worried about here is that,
will their local hospital, whether it is in Bedford or
Milton Keynes, be different than it is now ` be downgraded, if you like?
I think the one thing we can say is that the model of health care
will be different because we know the status quo is not an option.
But this is not just about hospital`based services.
We are looking at really beefing up and improving the quality of care
That means you never need to use the hospital in the first place.
OK, but let's just talk about the hospitals for a moment.
Let's talk about the thing that everyone wants
to have on their doorstep and that is a good A Department.
Can you guarantee that after this consultation period has
finished, that both hospitals will retain their A departments?
The options we are looking at all include an A Department
in each of Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.
Well, as I said, the status quo is not an option.
So we are looking at different types of hospital models,
Some of those models mean more services provided in one of those
hospitals than are currently provided and the other options
are looking at where we can link or network hospitals together
to provide better quality but it means linking with other hospitals
I know we are not in the formal public consultation period
at the moment but you are wanting to hear people's views.
And people will simply tell you they want the best quality of care
You are not necessarily going to be able to deliver that, are you?
Well, we are not able to deliver that today,
So, for example, if you have a heart attack today and you are
right next to Bedford Hospital, the ambulance that picks you up will not
take you to Bedford Hospital, it'll take you straight to a heart attack
And when you talk to people about what they really want,
"I will travel to the ends of the world
"to know I will get the best possible care
"that gives me the best possible outcomes."
Senior racing figures in Newmarket have described
the latest doping controversy to hit the town as a "genuine mistake".
The sport was thrown back into the headlines
after it emerged the Queen's horse, Estimate,
failed a drugs test after the recent Gold Cup at Ascot.
Mike Liggins sent us this report from Newmarket.
This is Sir Michael Stoute's yard in Newmarket, Freemason Lodge. The
gates remain close. This is not a doping scandal but it is clearly an
embarrassment for one of Britain's's best`known trainers. A
string of horses returning to Freemason Lodge this morning. Sir
Michael Stoute would have woken up to some very uncomfortable headlines
but it was business as usual in the yard. As we were filming, Sir
Michael drew up in his car. Waiting Michael drew up in his car. Waiting
for samples, nothing more to say at this stage. He was friendly enough
but he was not stopping for a chat. When Estimate won last year, the
Queen was delighted. But then Estimate tested positive for poppy
seeds. They were not too thrilled to see our cameraman today because they
have a Royal warrant. The company issued a statement saying the
contamination did not take place at their side but from a supplier. Back
in Newmarket, a trainer said he had concern for all concerns will stop
their progress in making sure those things do not get in. But a poppy
seed is the size of a pinhead and it does not take too many poppy seeds
to come up with a positive sample. Sue Dyson is an expert in equine
medicine. The testing is very rigorous, so they can pick up a tiny
amounts of any foreign substance at all. We have no idea of the
concentration identified. If it was tiny, it would have a negligible
effect on the performance. It is an embarrassment for the Queen, for so
Michael Stoute, who is one of the most experienced trainers as well as
being a leading trainer. No blame to be attached to him for this. An
embarrassment for Sir Michael Stoute and for the Queen. What is also
clear is that when it comes to ban `` to band substances, the authority
has a zero tolerance approach. The first piece
in a transport jigsaw which promises to make it easier
to travel from Cambridge to London Work has started on new stretch
of the guided busway that will link up to
the new railway station being built to the north
of Cambridge. Drivers and cyclists
are being warned the work but the council says
it will be worth it. In less than a year, the digger
will be replaced by buses, carrying passengers to a new railway
station just north of Cambridge. It is being built at
the old Chesterton rail sidings. From there, direct trains to London
or North to King's Lynn. This new stretch of busway and
a cycle track will cost ?6 million, paid for with a grant
from the Government. It is a good opportunity for local
business and local people and also for the future people who
might come and live in this area. It will have a direct access
into the busway. It will be ten minutes up the road,
where 10,000 homes will be built. All of that together in the longer
term, the benefits are enormous. The latest big show that
around 30,000 people a month That is 10,000 more than it
when it first opened two years ago. That is where the current section
of guided busway ends. That is where
the new section will begin. As you can see,
work has already begun. It is due to be completed
early next year. In the meantime,
it will mean some disruption. Construction work will now
be happening during the day. Milton Road will still be open
to traffic in both directions but may be narrowed in places with
cars being directed use bus lanes. From later this month, until
December, the cycleway underpass Cyclists will have to cross
and use the park on the other side. I think it is a bit
of a problem that cyclists Cyclists and pedestrians will have
to cross the road two or three times when at the moment
they don't have to I am working as closely
as possible with the project team to see if we can
mitigate that but, frankly, we have to deliver this station because it
is so important for the wider area. The new section of busway is due
to be complete by March next year, in plenty of time
for the new railway station, It's thought that
the Conservative Party will make
an official statement shortly over the future of
Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley. It follows publication
of a letter referring to his recent
police caution for assault Now it's over to Stewart and Susie
for the rest of the programme. Coming up, the appliance of
bioscience. Plus a rare opportunity to buy your own seaside pier.
The reputation of this region as a powerhouse for bio sciences
Today, two major projects were unveiled which will boost
The Euro MP Richard Howitt was shown plans for a multimillion pound
science park at Downham Market in Norfolk which hopes to attract
so`called "Big Data" companies and build research links with
And earlier, the minister for Life Sciences opened
Alex Dunlop has tonight's special report.
Bioscience and Lakeside it seems are the new school. Cambridge and
Norwich have become international house where you can learn a whole
new world. This is just a glimpse. They call this molecular farming.
This is just one aspect. It simply this branch of science use with
advances in the world of food, medicine and energy. This new centre
is key to the campers, it will be the beating heart of the technology
cluster here at Norwich Research Park. More than 3000 researchers
worked at the park and soon there will be more. These laboratories
will be leased out to scientists and academics who want to pursue new
ideas. Across the road there is a new ?11 million building. It offers
space for new companies, meeting people who want to share your ideas.
The government is aware that if we can beat the way in advanced
scientific research it will have major benefits for the economy. That
is why it is ploughing millions of pounds into places like this and has
just created the new post of life sciences minister. A job that George
Freeman said he will relish. He used to drive himself to the research
Park but now that a minister he is dropped at the front door. The
belief is to tell the world that Britain is investing heavily in and
believes in the appliance of bioscience to tackle the problems
facing the world is to unlock the power of technology to create new
products and companies to do business. The government is
investing a total of ?26 million year, Mr Freeman told the audience
that it is now one of the most important scientific clusters in
Europe. We punch above their weight globally and it is a great
opportunity to work in this environment. 14 miles west the
region's labours new MP Richard Hart was shown ambitious plans for a
multi`million pound science Park, it will look to attract world leading
companies in the field of so`called big data. Big money, big ideas and
big words. Those leading the charge to say that research in this region
will transform the 21st`century. The Opening Ceremony
of the Commonwealth Games will burst into life in just over an hour
in Glasgow. Athletes from
our region will be taking part. So,
after months and months of training Our sports reporter Tom Williams
has just sent this from Glasgow. We have been here a couple of days,
Glasgow was busy yesterday, it is positively bursting
at the seams today as we build`up Not long to go,
it kicks off at 20:14 this evening, that is 14
minutes past eight o'clock. That is the preshow, and the main
ceremony starts at nine o'clock. Look who I have bumped into,
our very own Gail! Look at it, bathing in sunshine, it
is absolutely glorious, isn't it? I am so excited about the next
week and a half, I can't wait. We will hear more from a very
excited Gail shortly, it is your All of the athleteswhile are here,
most of them stay in the athletes village, and we have
been taking a sneaky look A spectacular Scottish welcome
for Team England, After all, these are billed
as the ?friendly games?. The village is filling up ,
71 nations familiarising themselves When we got here it was
a bit sparse, but now it is getting more occupied
so the atmosphere is growing. The boys have got their house
together and have been playing cards a lot and the girls have
been painting each other's nails! I have done read with an England
flag and everyone is all the same so I think we were all up till ten
o'clock waiting The hub of the
the dining hall with around four and a half thousand athletes plus all of
the support staff, they estimated We have recipes and authentic chefs
cooking all the different curries. They can have lots of traditional
Scottish, we have black pudding Team England is the biggest team,
over 400 athletes and there has been a huge investment in sports science,
physio and recovery requirement. The athletes are moving towards
the limits of human performance, we try to eke out these marginal
gains we talk about. This type of area is what delivers
that and we can move people from off the podium onto the podium
but importantly we can move them 4,500 athletes are here,
the venues are ready and with over 1 billion people are
watching around the world, let Still, here are the banks
of the River Clyde with Gail. You have been in the athletes
village, what is it like in there? It is incredible, it is a bit like
a university halls of residence. That is the best
and easiest way to describe it. It is not glamorous ,
it is not a 5`star hotel luxury You have made the Commonwealth Games
pretty much your own, I only did two Commonwealth Games,
Manchester was my first and I definitely learned
a lot to take it into Athens, Enjoy your media role over
the next few weeks. We have very high hopes for some
medals of course, Jonathan Parks is 11 days , 17 sports and 43 from our
region competing for Team England. Starting us off,
Andrew Baggaley from Milton Keynes Suffolk Trio Harry Martin,
Tim Whiteman and George Penner are Four years ago Essex is from Roberto
Pavoni went to Delhi for experience. The first chance for the 400
individual medley on day two. Day three it as master and the
apprentice, Norfolk 's Mick Gord . Aiming for a Commonwealth record
and Marisa Sykes, at 18, On day five, Andrew could take his
Commonwealth medal haul to six with success in the final. The big
comeback for Liz Smith on day five. Alongside his South Essex team`mate
Max Whitlock. The target, team gold. Scotland stand in their way. On the
track anything is possible in the 110 meter hurdles final. After
heartbreak in London, there will be a big return to the javelin from our
region. And on day six we have the three metre single. On day seven,
cycle time. Alex Dowson from Essex missed out on the tour and with no
Bradley Wiggins he is one of the favourites. Emma Trolley is in great
form and she goes for the women's event. Later on it is Lewis versus
Max on the pommel horse. They ate, rivals in the sandpit. Can
Rutherford silence his noisy team`mate in the long jump? And
after a quiet day nine the games end with Daryl Selby and Peter Baker
hoping for success in squash, and the first couple of badminton press
and Gabby at clock. Final medal moments after eight nonstop
classical games. `` after a nonstop blahs go games.
We swing into action tomorrow, hopefully news of the medals as the
other one. This summer the average price
of a house in this region is ?273,000, an increase of 20,000
on this time last year. For a lot less than that you could
buy your very own pier in Suffolk. The Victorian pier is at Shotley
on the River Stour. It's bursting with history
but it does require a lot of TLC. Kevin Burch has been
for a look round. We bought the pier two years ago,
from a gentleman down Ian Newman presently has
the keys to what is known as the Bristol Pier at Shotley, but he?s
decided to sell because he says his firm, an award`winning development
company, has other projects on There have been no offers so far
but it is early days, so who could be in the market to take on this 600
foot long Victorian landmark? It could really be open to
a wide variety of people. It could be anyone from a very keen
fisherman who wants his own private pier where he can be 600 foot off
the shore or it could be, probably And then again it might be
a conservation group who want to come along
and wish to restore it and keep it for the local people but we are
interested to see who comes along. The pier was built in 1894
as a landing stage for a ferry, formerly owned by the Marquise
of Bristol, a link still noted in It once served the old HMS Ganges
naval training base in Shotley. Of course, whoever takes this
on won?t simply need vision, Sadly,
this has fallen into disrepair. But then again, and then there's
the agent would tell you... It has to be sensitive but again it
has to be realistic, it has to have That is probably why
nothing has happened. Two locals, Jo and Claire,
happened to be passing as we were filming , heading off
for their daily swim in the river. What do they think
about possible redevelopment? If it is not too commercialised,
if it was back the way it used to be for barges
and things in the old days. In the long run I suppose I
think it is better to do Because if that disappears, you
think, it will get very boring here. This morning,
the big question as Jo and Claire showed no hesitation in taking
the plunge is who would dip their Ian Newman says,
perhaps not surprisingly, that it is Kevin Burch,
BBC Look East at Shotley. If you have just joined us, some
breaking news the Bury Saint Edmunds MP David roughly has broken his
silence about an assault he has committed on a former partner, he
says he has apologised and she has accepted. Let's speak to a local
member of the party. Is this enough to save them? I am very pleased to
hear that something has been set. It has been a very long time. This is
what we have been waiting for and thank goodness something is going
forward. We now need to realise there is just the seriousness of the
problem and for many of us we believe that he should not continue
at his position, it is untenable. You would agree with the Police and
Crime Commissioners, such behaviour is inexcusable whoever you are? This
is a very serious matter, and it cannot be condoned in any way at all
particularly by a leader of the constituency, the member of
Parliament and the silence for all these months has been crazy. He
should go. I know that you know him reasonably well, your message to him
this evening? Stand down or Eagle sack you? Stand down with grace and
we will see thank you for what you have done. You have worked well and
hard for 17 years but what has happened now is not something that
is acceptable, now or in the future. Thank you very much. Then for the
weather. It has been a glorious day. The
sunshine has been raked across the region. The cloud is gone from
yesterday with long spells of sunshine this afternoon.
Temperatures up to 27 and 28 degrees. On the coast it was a few
degrees lower from places like Essex and Norfolk. There were long spells
of sunshine and a dry day. There will be long clear spells overnight
and there could be patchy cloud coming and going with mist patches
into the early hours of the model. Temperatures anywhere between 14 and
17 degrees. The wind will ease overnight with a much lighter
pleased by the end of the night. It will pick up by tomorrow, which will
be a rather warm and sunny day. There will be a long spells of
sunshine, the breeze once more picks up and that will mean truly
temperatures on the course. Further inland that will be welcome, the
breeze, like it was today. We could record 27 or 28 degrees. Possibly
lower for Essex and Suffolk. It stays fine with one spells of
sunshine for the afternoon. Looking ahead there are some subtle changes
on the way, a cold front is sleeping through for Saturday and cool, fresh
air. But we have high pressure behind that will keep things
relatively settled. As for the next few days, increasing cloud into the
afternoon could produce an isolated shower, and there is still the risk
introduced for Sunday and introduced for Sunday and
temperatures getting cooler into the mid`20s.
Thank you very much. That's all for now. Goodbye.