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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...


Unemployment figures released for the East

The unemployment rate in the East of England has remained steady at 4.9%.

The number of those without work rose by 1,000 in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 153,000.

In the East Midlands, which includes Northamptonshire, the jobless rate has fallen to 5.5% with 2,000 more people finding work in the three months to November last year putting the total unemployed at 129,000.

Areas at risk of seeing snow tonight and tomorrow

Areas that are most likely to see some snow later tonight and into Wednesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

West Northamptonshire and the far west of Cambridgeshire

Rain is now moving east across the country and turning to snow as it mixes with the cold air over the UK.

A Met Office yellow warning for snow has been issued for parts of Wales, the Midlands and Northern England. Western parts of Northamptonshire and the far west of Cambridgeshire are also included in the warning area. In these places, there's a risk of settling snow with 2 to 5 centimetres locally and 10 centimetres over hills.

Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, inland Essex, west Norfolk, west Suffolk and the rest of Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire:

Patchy rain, sleet and snow will arrive later tonight, gradually petering out during Wednesday afternoon. Snow is likely above 150 metres but also occasionally at low-levels during any more prolonged rain or sleet.

The rest of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex

Mostly dry, although a few light sleet or snow flurries cannot be ruled out. Grey and cold.

Latest temperatures across the Anglia region

The visible satellite image and temperatures at 1pm Monday afternoon across East Anglia. Credit: Met Office.

It's a cold day out there in the Anglia region with temperatures no higher than 1ºC in many places. Temperatures plummeted to -5.5ºC last night at Santon Downham and another frosty night will follow tonight.

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