09/02/2017 Look East


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whether that is legal or not. Full coverage for you online and on the

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Hello and welcome to the Look East late news.

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who say new government plans to fight bird flu

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put their flocks and businesses at risk.

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We're given exclusive access at one of our hospitals.

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And staying cold with the risk of snow showers over the next couple of

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days. I will be here later with all the details.

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First tonight, a warning that free-range egg producers will go out

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of business because of bird flu despite the lifting of restrictions.

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Today, the government said hens in the white areas on this map can

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be moved back outside when the current ban runs out

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They would then become free-range again.

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In the red areas they will still be kept under cover to protect them

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from wild birds carrying the flu virus.

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But today, farmers told Look East that no area is completely safe

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and they claim there is no science behind the advice

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Daniel is a free range egg producer in Suffolk.

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He is one of the lucky ones because his farm is outside the high

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On March 1st, his birds will be allowed out again.

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But Daniel is still worried that those inside the high

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How have DEFRA come up with these zones?

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Throwing paint at a map by the looks of it.

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They say it is a risk response but they haven't said what the risks

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are. Dave White is another

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free range producer. His farm is just a few fields away

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but is within a high risk area. His birds will have to stay

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in their sheds and he is furious. They have taken a compass,

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put it on a map and done circles. In those areas where they still have

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to house, they will not be able The government will not be able to

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give them help. I am hopeful people will recognise

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these are free range flocks, they are being housed

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for a good reason. He is a free range producer

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and packer supplying three quarters of a million free range eggs

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to supermarkets across East Anglia. He says the DEFRA plans will put

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some producers out of business and may even extend the life

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of the bird flu virus. We saw Alaistaire Brice

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in that report. You have farms both in and out

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of the restricted zones. Yes, we do. We have three farms in

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the high risk areas and I want to clarify there have been no cases of

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avian flu in East Anglia currently, but we have restrictions imposed on

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three of our farms. I am a free range egg producer and I am expected

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to sell and grade barn eggs along with them. If bird flu does pose a

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threat, the government has to do something about it. Absolutely and

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they have been very proactive in bringing the housing order in. As

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poultry farmers we want to protect our flocks and we want to protect

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the wild bird population and the housing order was the right thing to

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do, but we have come to the end of February and we will lose other free

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range status and that has forced DEFRA to make a decision albeit the

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wrong one. Why should they be doing then? There is no easy answer to

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this. Bird flu is a worldwide issue and we are fighting it on our shores

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every autumn and every autumn it is getting worse. We understand the

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main problem occurs during the autumn and early spring and then

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they migrate to birds go back and through the summer we don't see it.

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The current control mechanism that DEFRA will put in place means I fear

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we could spread the disease and make it almost a 12 month cycle. This is

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going to affect the price you get for your eggs if you cannot call

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them free range any more. Do you have fears people will go out of

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business? These controls are put in place and they are geographic for

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areas where there are wild foul or open areas of water. They will not

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change so if you are a producer you are stuck in that zone so in effect

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you will not market your eggs as free range again. Only when bird flu

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is not prevalent. Tonight, in the last hour,

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police have now re-opoend one lane of the A12 southbound

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following an incident yesterday in which a lorry crashed

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from a bridge onto the carriageway. The driver died in the

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accident near Witham. The lorry was carrying 26

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tonnes of batteries. As new figures reveal that they're

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blocking is the highest on record, we have been given exclusive access

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to a hospital in Basildon to see how they are coping there.

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We have had a very challenging night.

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We are still on black alert currently.

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It is the first meeting at Basildon Hospital to work out

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I've got three potential discharges for today.

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We are in a position where we have no more beds in the hospital,

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so we have 28 patients placed in A, so at the moment, if we have

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any more ambulances arrive, we only have one trolley

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If you have more than one patient, what are you going to do?

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Then we will have ambulances queueing.

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We admitted more people than we were able to discharge yesterday.

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Basildon's managing director takes me through the latest situation.

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What we're hoping to do is move patients into our elective

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orthopaedic ward, which means we are not able to do joint surgery,

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Just coming round to see if there are any patients for hospital home?

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After the morning meeting, nurse Natalie Cook goes ward to ward

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to find patients who could be discharged from hospital

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and get their treatment from Basildon hospital nurses

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But the real problem is being dealt with here.

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Sick elderly people who get stuck in hospital.

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This ward aims to treat the frail quickly and get

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Some patients have been here for ten days though.

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But after two days on this ward, Eileen is looking

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Some patients here are waiting for social care to kick in.

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The majority of the patients who come over here we treat

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The longer they stay, more complex problems arise,

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Every bed in Basildon Hospital is taken and it has pretty much been

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that way since the beginning of the year.

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So much so that if you needed something like a hip replacement,

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they would pay to send you private, none have taken place

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Basildon Hospital is trying but getting slack in the health

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Earlier, I asked our health reporter Nikki Fox for her

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The figures are quite bad in some hospitals in this region. The

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Princess Alexandria Hospital in Harlow has dropped to 69%. 95% of

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people are supposed to be seen within four hours, that's the target

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and many hospitals are falling below that level. One of the solutions is

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to send patients to be treated privately, but how much money is

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being spent on that? There is a national survey that suggests around

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a third of hip and knee operations are being done by private companies

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and that is quite worrying, because that is their bread and butter, that

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is where they get the majority of their money, they don't get a lot

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from emergency operations. For that type of work to be placed with

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private companies, that is having a big impact on their finances.

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the Norwich South MP Clive Lewis

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will be able to return the shadow cabinet at some stage in the future.

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Mr Lewis resigned as Shadow Business Secretary last night after deciding

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to defy Mr Corbyn and vote against Article 50.

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Today, the Labour leader said it was right that Mr Lewis

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had stepped down now, but he hoped he could come back

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Clive voted the way he did last night because he believed

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that he must represent the views of his constituency.

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I understand that, but it was a national decision,

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it was a national ballot, it was a national referendum.

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I have a very good relationship with Clive, we had a chat

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on the phone yesterday as well as in my office and,

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of course, there will be a place for him in the future.

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Clive Lewis has not made any comment on camera today,

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but there will be more discussion surrounding this week's vote in

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That's on BBC One at 11 o'clock this Sunday.

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Good evening. The wintry weather has set in and it will be bitterly cold

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for the next 48 hours. The risk of some snow flurries as we go through

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the night, so you might wake up to a light dusting also the risk of icy

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patches. Not a lot of change on the pressure pattern. This weather

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feature may mean showers becoming widespread as the day goes on. They

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will be blowing in from the North Sea and they may get further England

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as that north-easterly wind freshens. More snow expected

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tomorrow night and into Saturday morning. Two or three Celsius

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beehive. The National weather is coming up and here is the outlook:

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You could wake up to a covering of snow on Saturday, it

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sleet and snow. The outlook, Sunday will turn a bit less cold again. All

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the way up seven Celsius. At this time of year we can often

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get the weather stories that reflect the battle between winter and

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spring, and that's what's been happening in New York in the USA.

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Yesterday, 17 Celsius, but today, it's been bitterly cold, just a

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daytime maximum of -2, a significant wind-chill and some significant snow

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falling as we speak. This was Times Square earlier today. For others,

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it's been a pretty cold day. Not quite as cold, but nevertheless a

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lot of low cloud lifting in off the North Sea

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