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Fears over GP recruitment

Dr Paul Driscoll, Haven Health Credit: ITV Anglia

There are growing concerns over a worrying drop in the number of doctors going into general practice in the East. Not enough new GPs are being recruited and many already doing the job want to leave because of the mounting pressure.

In the first of two special reports, Tanya Mercer's been looking into what's causing the crisis...

In the second of her reports, Tanya Mercer's been finding out why it is more young doctors are choosing not to become GPs and what's being done in the East to try to improve the situation...

A & E patients could be turned away in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Bedford Hospital. Credit: PA

Doctors and health bosses in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are warning those with minor complaints could be turned away from A and E departments.

They say they're struggling to cope with the current number of patients and stress the ambulance service is severely stretched.

They also say they only have the capacity to deal with serious or life-threatening conditions.


Expert insists our hospitals are prepared for Ebola outbreak

As it was confirmed today that a patient in Northamptonshire had tested negative for Ebola, an infectious disease expert told ITV News Anglia the public should feel confident that our hospitals are prepared.

Dr Stuart Allen, head of life sciences at the University of Northampton, said health services needed to act quickly as soon as a case was suspected to ensure any potential infection was contained.

"The main aspect there is containment - keeping that person either isolated in the right conditions, making sure that the people that are actually working with them are the right people - but they will have all the equipment they need, all the protective equipment that they need, and all of the containment facilities within the hospitals to look after people."

– Dr Stuart Allen, University of Northampton.

Patient, a woman who had recently returned to the UK from abroad, arrived at Northampton General Hospital yesterday.

Watch Olivia Paterson's report below.

Fixers: Spreading the anti-smoking message

Fixers gives young people a voice.

A Suffolk teenager has launched a campaign aimed at stopping young people taking up smoking.

Toby Jeffrey, who is 16 and from Bury St Edmunds, was appalled to find there were more than 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette - including rat poison.

Nearly 20,000 children in our region will take up smoking this year, according to anti-smoking campaigners.

Toby has enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to reach children with a tough message.

Watch his film below and click here to find out more about Fixers.

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