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Jane Hawking describes 'great strain' of caring for Professor

Jane Hawking speaks at last night's event. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Professor Stephen Hawking's first wife has been speaking about the "great strain" carers are under during the 30th Anniversary of the Carers Trust in Cambridgeshire.

Jane Hawking was sharing her own experience of looking after the Professor - who has motor neurone disease.

It comes as carers in the region say they need more help.

That support has been severely reduced since the new Care Act came into effect in April.

Professor Stephen Hawking. Credit: PA

"Although I was very young and very keen for him to fulfil his great potential, nevertheless it put a great strain on me.

Particularly when we had a family."

– Jane Hawking


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Trust which runs Addenbrooke's placed in special measures

Addenbrooke's Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Trust which runs Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has been put into special measures.

Health inspectors say they're taking enforcement action following an investigation into the trust's finances and its standards of care.

Addenbrooke's is losing more than a million pounds a week and is struggling to provide enough staff on the wards. Those in charge of the trust have vowed to make improvements.


Trial to begin after Cambridge museum thefts

The Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six men are due to face trial today charged with a series of thefts at museums across the country - including the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge and Norwich Castle.

In all thirteen men have been charged after countless artefacts and rhino horns were taken.

The trial is expected to last 6 weeks.

Addenbrooke's puts ice back on the menu

Addenbrookes hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge had stopped putting ice in patients' water jugs in a desperate bid to save money, claiming the move would save almost £40,000 a year.

But after complaints from patients bosses have put ice back on the menu.

However, a final decision on whether or not to give patients ice has been delayed while the hospital carries out a review.

Michelle Lewis was shocked to discover the new policy when she asked for ice for her friend's water on an oncology ward last weekend.

She said she had requested ice as very cold water makes it easier for her friend to swallow her tablets.

A spokesman for the hospital said ice was still available but only for clinical use.

Now all patients are being given ice cubes in their water jugs until a final decision can be made.

"We have suspended the decision to remove ice from water jugs while we undertake a review. There will be clinical input into any decisions made."

– Hospital spokesman

The hospital's chief executive Dr Keith McNeil announced on Monday he is leaving citing "very serious challenges" including "growing financial deficit."

Doctors have since started lobbying the hospital to reinstate Dr McNeil who was appointed as chief executive in November 2012.

Dr McNeil's resignation is believed to be linked to a Care Quality Commission report following an inspection due to be published on September 22.

Chief finance officer Paul James also resigned.

David Wherrett is now acting chief executive officer at the hospital.

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