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Up to five weeks wait to see a GP - demand surges in surgeries


A court hears a woman may not have been dead when her body


Brexit fears for Cambridge University as admissions


Look East has learned patients in this region are facing long waits


While it varies practice by practice, our snapshot survey


found that for a non-urgent slot in Milton Keynes the average wait


But in Northamptonshire patients will wait up to two weeks and it's


In fact one practice there told us it can go up to five weeks.


Waseem Mirza has been to see how some GP surgeries


Trevor Whitby survived a heart attack.


The 70-year-old grandfather now needs regular checkups


Today, he's being seen at a duty clinic by nurse Kim Richardson at


Are you happy to have your injection?


Nurse Richardson is one of a bank of 20 nurses here.


Four of them are paired to each doctor, helping to lighten


Two years ago, we introduced nurse led clinics.


What that allowed us to do was to employ teams of four


That allowed us to increase the number of appointments


which were available by using not only the GP's skills but also


the skills that are often overlooked within the nursing team.


On average, Look East has been told patients in Cambridge


and Peterborough face a wait to see their own GP of up


In one case, a surgery claimed its patients were facing


Much has been said of the winter challenge facing the NHS,


some calling it the worst winter ever faced by the health service.


And it's our A departments like here at Hinchingbrooke Hospital


that have been dealing with a higher than usual number of


But they're not alone in facing up to the winter challenge.


Faced with a tightening budget, fewer resources and more patients


through their doors, it's the front line of GP surgeries


The group that's responsible for making decisions on local health


care say GPs are under more strain in a challenging financial climate.


At the moment we have a real shortage of GPs, the demand has


massively increased so we are doing another 70 million consultations


over the last five years and actually we haven't seen a rise


Sometimes it can take more than a week in order to speak


to someone on the phone, so that's frustrating.


They had said go to your doctor within a couple of days and check


out this, that and the next thing, and it is worrying if


They put us on a waiting list and they said maybe a week or two


or maybe three or four or six weeks, but they gave us no


North Bank practice says it is pioneering a new way


of working, putting nurses at the front line.


It's just one way in which the very idea of a GP surgery is having


to change in order to survive under growing pressure.


Waseem Mirza, BBC Look East, Wisbech.


Well, the Department for Health has a target to recruit


5,000 more GPs by 2020 - and put more money into


Earlier, I asked Dr Jonathan Ireland from Northamptonshire's Local


Medical Committee if GPs are willing to work outside of core hours.


Again, it is about resources and capacity in the system.


You have to ask real questions about how much work


Most GPs do do what are called extended hours in the evenings


or at weekends, which is funded additionally because of course GPs


are responsible for the whole funding of their practice,


including their staffing at their premises and all


The Department for health has promised 5000 more GPs by 2020.


That will help, won't it, or is it achievable in three years?


I think many people think it's not achievable that to train


that many GPs and then, well, train that many doctors


and then attract them into general practice is a big ask.


More importantly in my view will be to make sure that the promises that


have been given in the GP review of better funding for the actual


budgets for practices as well as the premises,


more sustainable workload and also there are efficiency ways of working


All those things need to be carried out to make the job more attractive


so that people actually want to go into general practice.


What would make GPs' lives easier, just in the next few months?


I think what we need to see is a more sustainable workload,


so to some extent it is about making the plans that are in place


reasonable without knocking general practice over at the very moment


when general practice is meant to pick up the pieces and help


Next tonight, the jury at the Helen Bailey murder trial has


heard that she may still have been alive when she was


Her body was found in the tank beneath her Hertfordshire home three


months after she was reported missing by her partner Ian Stewart.


Forensic pathologist Doctor Nathaniel Cary,


the first witness to be called in this case.


He performed the postmortem on Helen Bailey's body


when it was discovered in a cesspit at her home in Royston three months


He told the court he couldn't be sure how she died.


He said she was found fully clothed but barefoot,


We heard the cold water had slowed decomposition


and that there was no evidence of any injuries


But we heard in this case a sleeping drug called Zopiclone was found


It had been prescribed to the accused, Ian Stewart, in January.


Doctor Cary said that although he couldn't rule out


the possibility Helen Bailey was alive when she entered


the water, the drug may have made it easier to kill her


Doctor Cary said the drug had been going into Helen Bailey's system


The court also heard levels of Zopiclone found in her hair


suggested she ingested the drug on multiple occasions.


The prosecution allege Ian Stewart had plotted to sedate


and kill his fiancee in order to inherit much of her


Ian Stewart denies murder, perverting the course of justice,


fraud and preventing a lawful burial.


We also heard today that postmortem tests on Helen Bailey's


dog proved inconclusive in finding a cause of death.


Tomorrow we expect to hear from Helen Bailey's brother.


This case is expected to last around seven weeks.


Kate Bradbrook, BBC Look East, at St Albans Crown Court.


More than 200 people met in Cambridge tonight to discuss


Many Europeans living in the city say they're worried


about losing their right to live and work in the UK.


Earlier in the day, it was revealed there's been a 14% drop


in the number of European undergraduates applying to study


Seven months on and there's still an air of uncertainty in Cambridge.


The vote to Leave the EU took many by surprise


and at a packed meeting tonight, EU nationals living in the largely


pro-Remain city made their feelings known.


Organised by the grassroots campaign Cambridge Stays,


it was clear the government's reluctance to publish


a Brexit plan had left many with unanswered questions.


I would say I am concerned and confused as to what the situation


is going to be formally as a German citizen living in the UK and I have


come here really to get more clarity about what my options are.


I'm very worried indeed because I'm thinking,


all this 40, 50 years, paying tax, national insurance


and everything else, is this all of a sudden


Am I going to be chucked out just because my face don't fit?


I was born in 1991, so I grew up as a European and I grew up


with the feeling that I could move anywhere in the UK and I will be


fine and I would be welcomed, and so Brexit was quite a shock.


There was concern also today at how Brexit is affecting our universities


with MPs taking evidence at a public hearing in Oxford.


We've seen at Cambridge a 14% reduction in the number


of applications from the European Union.


From what the University can tell, many EU students are thinking twice


Students are worried about the uncertainty of funding,


students are worried about anti-immigrant sentiment


and they are also worried about loss of possible collaboration with EU


Reassurance will come from the Prime Minister and what she'll


But that may take months, if not years.


Mousumi Bakshi, BBC Look East, Cambridge.


Controversial plans to build a new canal in Daventry have


It'll be a one and half mile extension from the Grand Union Canal


Daventry District Council says the scheme will include


new waterfront bars and caf s which will encourage tourism


That's all from me - but with snow on the way let's get


We've got some very cold, potentially wintry weather


heading our way over the next few hours and at much colder


Under clear skies, temperatures dropping to low single figures,


so the risk of a touch of frost in sheltered spots, despite the fact


And tomorrow's weather's going to be shaped by this weather system coming


There is a yellow warning out for this part of the country


But we start the day on a dry and potentially bright note.


It will quickly start to turn cloudy with a spell of rain


This could be heavy in places and as that milder air hits the cold


air, the potential is there for some of this to turn to sleet or snow.


It is likely to be quite slushy because it will be falling on wet


ground but the possibility is still there of some


accumulation and a cold day with a northerly wind,


The national weather's coming up, here's the outlook.


A bitterly cold day for Friday with some strong northerly winds.


start to the weekend. Time for the national weather prospects if you


are on the move. Good evening, a lot going on with


the weather in the next few days, numerous weather warnings in for so


buried in mind if you have travel plans. Lots of isobars on the chart


overnight which means it will be windy for all. The strongest winds


in Scotland, lots of wintry showers with snow getting down to


increasingly low levels and some wintry showers in Northern Ireland


and northern England. A cold night for Northern England, particularly


in more rural spots, frosty and I see for some and some of the snow


really blowing around over higher ground in Scotland. Strong wind and


further snow to take us into tomorrow. It may well make for some


tricky travelling conditions. The forecast for tomorrow in