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Budget: East Anglian Air Ambulance to get new helicopter

East Anglian Air Ambulance Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East Anglian Air Ambulance is to get a new helicopter after the Chancellor announced in today's Budget that a one-off grant would be given to the charity of £1.7 million.

The money is coming from the 'Libor Fines Fund' and is to be spent on all military and blue light causes. The Libor fines were levied on banks manipulating the London INterbank Offered Rate financial benchmark.

The money will help fund a second new EC145T2 helicopter to be based at Norwich Airport.

It will increase the charity's clinical capability and the distance it can cover. It's hoped the new helicopter will go into service in 2016.

"We are enormously grateful for this one-off grant from the Treasury that will help fund a second EC145T2 helicopter which will greatly enhance the lifesaving service we provide for local people. Our grant application to the Chancellor received cross-party support from all our Norfolk MPs. I would, however, like to say a special thank you to Chloe Smith MP and Henry Bellingham MP, both of whom worked closely with EAAA to secure this result.”

– EAAA Chief Executive Patrick Peal

Peterborough MP says Hinchingbrooke's been a 'sorry and sad process'

The MP for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson, who is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee, says the Hinchingbrooke Hospital pull out has been a 'sorry and sad process'.

Speaking after the PAC released a report into the first privately run NHS hospital in the UK, which came after the private company behind it, Circle, ended its contract.

He's now calling for exact figures on the cost to the taxpayer.

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Appeal for people to join the organ donor register

Appeal for more people to join the organ donor register Credit: NHS Blood and Transplant

A mother and son who have both had heart transplants have been speaking out about how important it is to register on the organ donor register.

Anne Bill has cardiomyopathy - a genetic condition - which her eldest son Paul has. He has also had a heart transplant.

But Anne's youngest son Nick, died before he could receive a donor heart.

Anne Bill Credit: ITV

Across East Anglia there are currently 606 people on the transplant waiting list. This includes 22 people waiting for a heart.

During the last 5 years there have been 204 deaths on the transplant waiting list.

So far in 2014/2015 there have been 676 transplants in the region which includes 19 heart transplants.

To join the register, click on the link below.

www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Cambridge: Patients forced to wait more than 120 hours outside Addenbrooke's hospital, report says

East of England Ambulance. Credit: PA

Patients in ambulances were forced to wait for a total of more than 120 hours outside Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge, according to the latest figures from the East of England Ambulance service.

The service also failed to hit response times for the highest priority callouts in December 2014, because of what it calls unprecedented demand.

Cancer drug campaign reaches government

A former nurse with terminal cancer has handed a petition to the government today urging funding to be secured for a drug that extended her life.

Linda Johnson from Billericay in Essex wants other patients to have a chance of a few extra, vital months of life even though she knows cancer will claim her life.

The former nurse has been speaking to our reporter Serena Sandhu about why the treatments under threat are so important.

Click below to watch Serena's report:

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