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Papworth Hospital invites public to new site

A topping out ceremony took place at the site in October 2016 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The New Papworth Hospital building site in Cambridge will open to the public today as part of a push to get more young people to pursue a career in construction.

The £165m project, on the Addenbrookes site, will open in 2018. When it's complete, the new site will have 310 beds and seven state-of-the-art operating theatres.

People will be shown around the site as part of Open Doors 2017 - a project run by the construction industry training board.

We encourage young people of all backgrounds to get down to an Open Doors site and take the first step on the road to a successful career in construction.

According to our latest research, about 180,000 new jobs will be up for grabs in construction over the next five years, due to projects like this in the pipeline.

– Janette Welton-Pai, CITB Partnerships Manager

Multi-million pound deal struck for new technology centre

The new medical technology centre is expected to create 500 jobs. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A multi-million pound deal to build a new medical technology centre in Essex, creating 500 jobs, has been signed.

Essex County Council has promised £2.5 million towards Anglia Ruskin University's Med-Tech Innovation Centre.

It will be the first tenant at the Harlow Science Park, which is a new site for high-technology businesses.

Essex County Council has invested millions into the project. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is part of the regeneration and rebirth of Harlow.

"We're going to be one of the health science capitals of the world in terms of Public Health England coming here.

"This is our new Enterprise Zone, and the Medtech campus will be vital for businesses and vital for Public Health England."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Conservatives


Norfolk psychiatrist wins prestigious European scholarship

Dr Yasir Hameed has won a scholarship from the uropean Psychiatric Association.

A psychiatrist from Norfolk has won a prestigious European scholarship.

Dr Yasir Hameed, who is based at the Julian Hospital in Norwich, is one of only five people to receive the award from the European Psychiatric Association.

He beat hundreds of applicants from across the continent.

The four other winners were from Poland, Turkey, France and Spain.

MP calls for labels to show risks of smoking while pregnant

Will Quince has spoken out about his son's stillbirth.

Colchester MP Will Quince has called for graphic labels to be put on cigarette packets that highlight the risks of smoking while pregnant.

Mr Quince lost his own son to stillbirth in 2014, and has spoken about his profound sense of loss.

Speaking at an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, the Conservative MP said smoking is the single biggest preventable risk to an unborn child.

He urged ministers to do more to help women and their partners kick the habit.

"I do not believe it unreasonable or unrealistic for all tobacco products to carry a similar warning so that it can be seen in the same way that it is on every alcohol product. I would be grateful if the minister could kindly look into the feasibility of introducing this."

"This debate is not in any way about criticising or demonising women, or their partners, who smoke during pregnancy. I fully appreciate tobacco is highly addictive and it is difficult to stop smoking.

"But we also know that all parents want to give their baby the best possible start in life. We want the message to go out loud and clear that no matter what stage you are in your pregnancy, it is never too late to stop smoking."

– Will Quince MP, Speaking in Parliament


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