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Number of FGM cases on the rise in Norfolk, figures show

Aneeta Prem. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of cases of Female Genital Mutilation in Norfolk is rising according to new figures.

The illegal act is sometimes carried out on girls up to the age of 15 for cultural reasons.

Aneeta Prem from the Freedom Charity campaigns to stop the practice that has no medical or religious purpose.

Her book is being sent to schools across the country.

"It is illegal and does carry quite a long prison sentence," she said.

"So people need to be aware, if they're going to carry out this on their daughters then they do risk going to prison"

Click below to see Kate Prout's report

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MPs from three political parties unite to save the NHS

MPs from three opposing parties says its time for radical action to save the NHS. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A group of MPs from opposing political parties say it's time for radical action to solve what they claim is a cash crisis in the health service.

Just this year we've seen striking doctors, struggling care homes, and link-ups between Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough, and Colchester and Ipswich hospitals to try to solve their financial woes.

Now MPs from three different political groups want the government to form a cross-party commission to try to save the health system.

Click below to watch a video report from ITV News Anglia

Work due to start on multi-million pound academic centre in Milton Keynes

An artists impression of the new £8.5 million academic centre Credit: Milton Keynes University Hospital

Work's due to start on an £8.5 million academic centre at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

It'll include a simulated operating theatre, video link for live procedures and lecture theatre.

Medical students and staff will seal a time capsule which will be opened on 19th September 2116.

The state-of- the-art building is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the University of Buckingham Medical School, who are funding the project.

The new Academic Centre will provide an outstanding resource for medical education and training for students, doctors, nurses and health professionals throughout the hospital.

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Hospital bosses to host series of public meetings over merger plans in Cambridgeshire

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bosses at Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough and Stamford hospitals are hosting a public meeting in St Neots later to discuss a possible merger.

The aim of the meeting is to outline why hospital bosses think merging the two hospital trusts into one organisation is the best option for the future delivery of quality services to patients.

They also want to hear people's views and address any concerns.

"We want people to understand the reasons why we are proposing to merge our hospital trusts and to hear the facts about the future delivery of our services. We want to encourage as many people as possible to attend these meetings so we can answer any questions, dispel any myths and reassure members of the public about any specific concerns they may have.

– Lance McCarthy, Chief Exec, HInchingbrooke & Stephen Graves, Chief Exec, Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals

It's one of seven meetings across Huntingdonshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire over the next few weeks.

It's taking place at the Priory at 7 o'clock.

Other dates are as follows:

  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital's Partnership Suite on Monday 3rd October at 5.45pm
  • Stamford Hospital Meeting Hall on Thursday 6th October at 5.45pm
  • Deepings Community Centre, Market Deeping, on Monday 10th October at 7pm
  • Peterborough City Hospital, Learning Centre, on Tuesday 11th October at 5.45pm
  • St Ives Corn Exchange on Thursday 13th October at 2pm
  • Bourne Corn Exchange on Thursday 20th October at 4.30pm

Demand for ambulance service spikes during heatwave

Figures show a spike in demand for ambulances during heatwave Credit: East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

New figures show a sharp rise in demand for ambulances during this month's heatwave.

From 12th - 15th September, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received more than 11,500 emergency calls regionally, compared to 10,300 over the same period last year.

"Despite the increase in demand faced over recent days, our staff and volunteers have continued to deliver quality care to all of our patients and for that I want to thank them. We would like to remind patients to only call us in an emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or major trauma and to otherwise consider contacting your GP, attending an urgent care centre, attending a hospital or contacting a pharmacist.”

– Kevin Brown, Director of Service Delivery for EEAST

Hospital bosses reveal plans to reduce some maternity services in Harwich

The plans were revealed at a press conference Credit: ITV News Anglia

NHS bosses have announced plans to reduce maternity services at the Fryatt Hospital in Harwich to ease financial pressures.

Colchester Hospital University Trust says women may not have the option to give birth there from April next year.

Ante-natal, post-natal and consultant clinics will still carry on, as well as other maternity services.

The Trust is expected to make a decision by the end of the month.

“The Trust understands that the Harwich maternity unit is highly valued by some residents and is carefully considering this as part of its thinking.However, the Trust is also acutely aware of its role and responsibility as a guardian of public funds and their efficient and sustainable use. As part of these discussions, we must take into account the increasing cost of offering patients the option of giving birth at the unit. I can not as the person responsible for the public purse, for taxpayers money, I can not take the decision that means we are losing £6,000 per birth."

– Nick Hulme, Trust Chief Executive
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