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Council hopes to have come up with a 'sustainable plan' for hospital's future

Bedford Hospital. Credit: Press Association.

A report into the future of Bedford Hospital will be published later today.

It has been put together by the borough council which believes it has come up with a sustainable plan for the site's future.

The report was commissioned following concerns the latest review of healthcare in both Bedford and Milton Keynes hospital could see the hospital lose services like A&E maternity and paediatrics.


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Son of foreign doctor victim welcomes new measures

Dr Stuart Gray Credit: ITV News Central

The son of a man who died from a fatal overdose given by a foreign doctor, has told ITV News that he welcomes new language measures.

Dr Stuart Gray's father died in 2008, after a German doctor – who had already failed an English test – gave him ten times the required amount of painkillers for kidney pain.

"It's common sense. This is five years too late, but at least action is now being taken," said Dr Stuart Gray.

Those coming to the UK from outside the EU already face strict language tests. However, new measures will mean all doctors wanting to practice in the UK will now need to pass a language assessment.

The new checks were announced after cases in which foreign doctors were said to have provided sub-standard care.

Two hospitals told finances 'unsustainable'

Crisis in the NHS, as two hospitals in the East are told their finances are unsustainable. Peterborough Hospital is paying a million pounds a week under its PFI agreement, while the private company running Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has failed to make the savings it had hoped.

The MP for Peterborough, Stewart Jackson was a member of the Public Accounts committee set up to look into NHS finances. Matthew Hudson has sent this report.


£1.8m boost for region's maternity units

Many of the region's hospitals are getting a £1.8m boost from the government to improve and upgrade their maternity units.

Ipswich Hospital is being given the largest amount with £652,190 to improve the experience for expectant mothers and their families.

Other grants:

  • £429,000 - Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow
  • £272,000 - Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
  • £185,754 - North & East Hertfordshire NHS Trust
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Prince Harry arrives in the UK after Afghanistan tour

Prince Harry landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after his tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner left the war-torn country on Monday evening and has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a British military base, thought to be in Cyprus.

He landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and will now travel with his unit, 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their Suffolk headquarters.

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