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Nursing poll finds patient health is being put at risk by funding cuts

More than 700 nurses were polled in the survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

Funding cuts are risking people's health in the East of England according to a survey out this morning by the Royal College of Nursing.

More than 700 nurses and healthcare workers were polled across the east. Their feedback showed that between 20 and 40 % of patients they treat are being affected by things like food and fuel poverty and inadequate housing.

  • 34% have seen patients affected by malnutrition or food poverty.
  • 39% have seen patients affected by inadequate or unsafe housing.
  • 19% have seen patients affected by a lack of heating.

"This research shows that our members are seeing huge increases in ill health which could have been prevented. While lifestyle choices have a part to play, many of the problems identified by nurses come down to the very difficult lives many of them lead. Inadequate or unsafe housing has a huge effect on health, as does overcrowding, food poverty, overwork, unemployment and family breakdown."

– Karen Webb, RCN Eastern Region Director

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Ending the week with another weather warning for torrential thundery downpours

For the seventh consecutive day the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of thundery downpours and lightning in the Anglia region on Friday.

The area covered by the yellow weather warning on Friday 17 June 2016. Credit: Met Office

The yellow weather warning is in force from 10am until 10pm on Friday 17 June 2016

The Met Office says heavy showers are expected to redevelop on Friday, organising into slow-moving bands in places, and leading to some torrential downpours.

The forecaster added: "As on preceding days some locations will miss these downpours, but please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel where they do occur. Lightning could be an additional hazard."

The Met Office rainfall forecast animation shows the areas at highest risk of the heaviest downpours

"In addition to the residual, heavy showers overnight, the daily rise in temperature will once again trigger slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms.

"However, unlike preceding days the area affected is expected to recede southwards and eastwards through the day.

"Once again, 15-25 mm, and very locally in excess of 30 mm could fall within an hour, bringing the risk of flooding, especially if they occur across urban areas."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

Downpours dump a month's worth of rain in just two hours

Almost a whole month's worth of rain has fallen in just a couple of hours in Cambridgeshire.

Monks Wood near Sawtry recorded 48 mm (2 inches) of rain during Thursday afternoon. An average June at that site usually sees 54 mm of rain during the entire month.

The extent of the torrential downpours across the Anglia region can been seen on the Met Office rainfall radar sequence

With Met Office weather warnings for heavy rain in the Anglia region for seven consecutive days, it has been a very wet June so far.

But the torrential showers are hit-and-miss; while some areas suffer a deluge, a few miles down the road it stays dry.

Santon Downham in Suffolk had 17 mm of rain during Thursday while Marham in Norfolk saw 10 mm.

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Get set for more thundery downpours and lightning

For the sixth day running the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the risk of thundery downpours in some parts of the Anglia region.

The weather warning is in force from 10am until 10pm on Thursday 16 June 2016

The Met Office says scattered heavy showers are expected to develop yet again on Thursday, and will lead to slow-moving downpours.

The forecaster says: "As on preceding days some locations will miss these downpours, but please be aware of possible localised flooding and disruption to travel where they do occur. Lightning could be an additional hazard."

Area covered by a yellow weather warning on Thursday 16 June 2016. Credit: Met Office

"The daily rise in temperature will again trigger slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms.

"Once again, 15-25 mm could fall within an hour in scattered locations, and possibly more very locally,bringing the risk of flooding, especially if across urban areas."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment

A further weather warning is in place for more heavy rain in the southern half of the Anglia region on Friday 17 June.

Record number of wetwipes washing up on beaches

Around '50 wipes' are found for every kilometre of coastline Credit: ITV Anglia.

There has been a 400% rise in the number of wet wipes washing up on our beaches in the last ten years.

The Marine Conservation Society says around 50 wipes are found for every kilometre of coastline because too many people flush them down the toilet instead of throw them away.

They have now launched a campaign to persuade retailers and manufacturers to clearly label their wet wipe products with a 'DON'T FLUSH' message.

Business leaders demand better performance by new rail franchise

The successful bidder will be announced in the coming weeks. Credit: ITV Anglia.

As the Government prepares to announce the successful bidder for the East Anglia rail franchise in the coming weeks, a letter's been written to the government demanding a better rail service for the region.

The Great Eastern Mainline Taskforce, which is made up of local business leaders and MP wrote to the transport secretary to ask any new tender includes new rolling stock, and better journey times·

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