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70 years since the start of the NHS in the Anglia region

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

The National Health Service is celebrating 70 years since it was created.

There's no doubt healthcare has improved vastly since the inception of the NHS on 5 July 1948.

Back then there were 34 deaths per 1,000 births - now the infant mortality rate has dropped to fewer than four per 1,000 births.

On average, people now live at least 12 years longer than they did in 1948.

  • ITV News Anglia reporter Tanya Mercer has been finding out what life was like before the NHS and how its introduction has changed Britain forever

Recruitment timebomb for doctors and nurses in East Anglia

NHS in crisis: the recruitment timebomb the Anglia region where half the GPs and a quarter of nurses are nearing retirement. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Health professionals have issued a stark warning about a recruitment crisis in some parts of the Anglia region where half the GPs and a quarter of nurses are nearing retirement.

Some fear than many GP surgeries in our region could be forced to close as hundreds of key staff will soon end their careers.

A report by the Mid and South Essex sustainability and transformation partnership estimates half of the GP workforce and a quarter of the nursing workforce in the county could retire by the year 202.

GPs surgeries there are currently only able to meet 83% of the demand for appointments.

Doctors have criticised the government for not doing enough to tackle high workloads and poor morale in the profession but the government says plans are in place to cope

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

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NHS staffing fears across eastern region over EU nationals leaving after Brexit vote

A Cambridgeshire Doctor says he's concerned that increasing numbers of EU nationals are leaving NHS hospitals since the Brexit vote.

New figures also show that fewer doctors and nurses are joining to replace them.

The news comes just days after the Care Quality Commission said the NHS faces a "precarious" future due to rising vacancy rates.

Watch the report below by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

Hertfordshire hospital trust thought to be target of NHS cyber attack

The NHS is investigating an Credit: Press Association Images.

Lister Hospital is thought to have been affected by a major cyber attack on the NHS.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is believed to be among a number of hospital trusts and GP groups around England that have reported problems.

The suspected attack is thought to have affected phone lines with some sites urging people not to go to A&E while they try to deal with the issue.

Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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Warning that funding cuts could close small pharmacies

NHS funding for community pharmacies will be cut by £113 million in December. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pharmacists are warning that government funding cuts could mean some smaller outlets are forced to close while others will have to cut back on their services.

From 1 December NHS funding for community pharmacies will be cut by £113 million, meaning they'll lose 12% of their budget.

In April 2017, it'll be cut by a further £208 million - a further 3.4% cut for pharmacies.

Pharmacists say the cuts will mean closure for some chemists but the Department for Health say the plans are designed to reward the best pharmacies.

Department for Health say the plans are designed to reward the best pharmacies. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"These vital reforms will protect access for payments, properly reward quality for the first time and far better integrate care with GP and other services.

"This is what the NHS needs, what patients expect and I believe what the vast majority of community pharmacists are keen to deliver."

– DAVID MOWAT MP, HEALTH MINISTER

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy

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