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Anglia Late Edition - October 2015

The regional politics programme Anglia Late Edition discusses the troubles of the NHS in the region and looks at the embarrassment of u-turns.

The National Health Service is facing a long, hard winter ahead. Nine NHS Foundation Trust in the Anglia region, including Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge are in 'special measures' or are facing enforcement action nu health regulators.

A report by the Care Quality Commission released on Thursday 15 October reported that nearly three-quarters of NHS hospitals were not 'safe enough.' Some 13% of hospitals were rated 'inadequate' while 61% 'require improvement.'

The world-renowned Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge has been rated 'inadequate'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The NHS has also racked up a deficit of almost £1bn in the first three months of the financial year, according to the latest performance report figures.

According to regulators the NHS' deficit puts the organisation in its "worst" financial position "in a generation".

ITV Anglia's political correspondent Emma Hutchinson was joined in the studio by three of the region's leading politicians.

  • Dr Dan Poulter is the Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. As well as being an MP he works part-time as a hospital doctor and was a Health Minister 2012-15.
  • Daniel Zeichner was elected Labour MP for Cambridge in May 2015 beating Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert by 599 votes. He is a shadow transport minister.
  • Margot Parker is a Northamptonshire-based MEP for UKIP. She is a businesswoman and was elected to the European Parliament in 2014.
Dr Dan Poulter MP, Daniel Zeichner MP and Margot Parker MEP. Credit: ITV Anglia

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