More than one in 10 of Norfolk’s doctors are EU nationals, figures reveal

Norfolk hospitals depend on the European Union for more than one in 10 doctors, new figures revealed, as uncertainty over Brexit threatens to worsen the crisis in the NHS.

Data collated by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism showed 13.6% of front-line staff – that is doctors, nurses, and midwives – at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital  in King’s Lynn were EU nationals.

This compared to 8.5% at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, and 7% at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH)


Councillors shoot down proposed Great Yarmouth taxi price hike in less than 10 minutes

A proposed price hike of taxi fares has been unanimously rejected by councillors.

The request to increase fares was made to Great Yarmouth Borough Council by an unnamed local taxi firm, but was rejected by the licensing committee in just 10 minutes on Monday.

Under the proposals, the day and night rates, excluding Sundays, would have increased by 75p per mile.

On Sundays, the cost would rise by £1.05 per mile, and 65p under the Christmas and New Year rate.

Had the proposals been approved by the council, they would have been put forward for public consultation before any increase was introduced.

The move had sparked a backlash from some taxi drivers with one independent taxi driver responding to the council consultation, saying: “The price increase is unnecessary and would be detrimental to all those who are independent and the smaller taxi companies.


Fire crews tackle blaze at fish and chip shop in Great Yarmouth

Crews were called to PJ’s Take Away in Northgate Street just before 6.45pm last night.

Great Yarmouth station commander Martin Harris said two fire engines were called to the scene, with four fire-fighters going in to tackle the blaze initially.

The fire was caused by super-heated oil and started in a frying unit, with the shop being heavily smoke logged, dry powder was used to extinguish the fire.

No one was injured and neighbouring premises were evacuated.

Norfolk Police officers were also on the scene and closed the road while the crews dealt with the fire.


Tributes paid to ‘founding father’ of Norfolk boating Robert John Richardson

Robert Richardson was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on Friday, October 19 after suffering a stroke. He died in the early hours of Saturday morning aged 95 surrounded by his children and family.

He founded Richardson’s Leisure Limited in the early 1940s with just four rowing boats. It has since grown to become a well-known name across the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

The success of the business and the continuing improvements to land, buildings and boats were a daily interest to him up until his death.

As a mark of respect the Richardson’s flags will fly at half mast at the marinas and holiday park.

Mr Richardson is survived by his daughters Jess and Laura, sons Paul and Clive and nine grandchildren.


Met Office warns of ‘shock to the system’ with temperatures set to drop sharply

People in Norfolk and Waveney can expect a “shock to the system” this week as temperatures dip sharply after a spell of unseasonably warm weather.

Parts of the region could see temperatures drop to 1C by the weekend with winds speeds hitting 50mph on the Norfolk coast.

It comes after a weekend of warm weather which saw highs of 19C in Tibenham and Weybourne on Sunday.

Adam Dury, of Norwich based Weatherquest, said: “There will be daytime temperatures of 8C or 9C at the weekend. Overnight temperatures into Saturday morning could go as low as 1C or 2C in south Norfolk and Suffolk.

“It will feel warmer on the coast but there will be quite a noticeable breeze on Saturday with winds up to 40mph or 50mph.

“Sunday morning will feel warmer with highs of 5C.”

A spokesman for the Met Office said the cooler temperatures “will be a bit of a shock to the system”.

He added: “Temperatures will be below average – going from above average at the moment.”


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