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Council wants county-wide action over GP shortages

A council is calling for county-wide action over GP shortages.

Breckland Council says a 10% shortfall in the number of GPs across Norfolk together with a problem in recruiting GPs led to the Watton GP surgery de-registering 1,500 patients.

The council has just published the findings of an investigation into the issues behind the patients being removed from the surgery register.

In a statement Cllr Phil Cowen, for the council, said:

We are seriously concerned that people in rural areas are experiencing increasing difficulties accessing local GP services, with Watton just the latest and most serious example.

Cross-Norfolk action is required to address this systemic issue and we want to encourage NHS England to take the lead in this.

The shortage of GPs will nlot be resolved without clear action."

– Cllr Phil Cowen

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Council calls for NHS England to review GP surgery move

Breckland District Council have called for a review over problems faced by the doctors' surgery in Watton.

Around 1,500 patients are being de-registered because the surgery says it is over subscribed and they live too far away.

Breckland District Council

Today the council called for NHS England to review rules and guidelines for becoming a dispensing practice and to consider whether they had an impact on recruiting and retaining GPs.

Councillors to discuss problems at Watton GP surgery

Councillors will today discuss problems faced by the doctors' surgery in Watton.

1,500 patients are being de-registered because the surgery says it is over subscribed and they live too far away.

The situation was highlighted by 95-year-old Lily Dove who is having to find a new surgery.

The problems will be discussed by Breckland District Council.

Police pleased with positive responses over Young investigation

Johanna Young Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the unsolved killing of Johanna Young in 1992 said they have had some positive responses to information uncovered by the enquiry at the end of last month.

DI Marie James, said: “Both our appeal in December and our detailed update around the critical lines of enquiry received a very positive response. This included taking nearly a dozen calls following the media appeals at the end of last month.

"We have been greatly encouraged by the information the team continue to receive on this investigation and our appeal remains for people to look to their consciences and consider ringing us even if they thought at the time the information irrelevant."

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Fresh developments in Johanna's murder investigation

There have been fresh developments in the hunt for the killer of a Norfolk schoolgirl more than 20 years ago.

Detectives want to speak to what they've described as dishevelled teenager seen near the area where Johanna Young was found dead on Boxing Day 1992.

They received the information from a man who gave the boy a lift and who's broken his silence after all these years.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report

Second man arrested in cold case released on bail

Johanna Young Credit: ITV Anglia

Police say a second man arrested in connection with the death of Johanna Young in 1992 has been released on police bail. The man, aged in his 30s and from the Thetford area, was bailed pending further inquiries until early June. A second man in his 40s from the Watton area has been bailed too.

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