Plymouth news and UK headlines on Tuesday as ambulances continue to queue outside Derriford Hospital

Good morning everyone, and welcome to our daily breaking news blog on Tuesday, April 5. We will bring you the latest news from Plymouth and the surrounding areas, as well as significant national and global stories.

Today, we’ll bring you weather forecasts, sports news, and where you can get the cheapest petrol, as well as all of the day’s breaking news stories. Ambulances have been spotted queuing outside Derriford Hospital’s A&E department just days after patients were warned of a 13 hour wait.

New figures released by NHS England last week also revealed The University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) NHS Trust topped the list for delayed handovers by over an hour. Photos taken by an a member of the public show several ambulances parked outside the emergency department.

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It is also possible to see that one car park has been closed to members of the public and is now only being used by ambulances. Yesterday evening the UHP website said the current patient wait time to see a doctor is just over six hours.

On Saturday morning this estimate stood at 13 hours. Read more here.

The week’s just started but the energy bill crisis continues to rumble on. Yesterday, former Labor Party leader Ed Miliband was in Plymouth with Luke Pollard as they spoke with Plymouth Community Energy.

He told PlymouthLive’s Erin Black the reason he’s still in politics is because there are still huge things to fight for. Mr Miliband spoke at length about ‘going green’, finding a solution to rising energy bills and the importance of MPs being down to earth.

The Doncaster MP also stated “a day in Plymouth is worth a month in Westminster” and said when he sits down with MPs to discuss the government’s energy security strategy he will have in his mind all the things he’s learned about in Plymouth. Read more here.

The second phase of the major £7m revamp of Plymouth City Center has begun this week. Today a large section of Plymouth City Center will be fenced off to traffic as work continues on the improvement scheme at Old Town Street and New George Street.

The work though means that the precinct will close to traffic. There will be a barrier at the entrance to Old Town Street and special arrangements for deliveries are being made with businesses.

To keep the public safe and accomodate fast food collections as much as possible there will be some parking for motorbikes and bicycles delivery riders in a designated parking area at the entrance to Old Town Street. They will have to walk from this location to collect their deliveries, however. Delivery car drivers will have to use car parks at Whimple Street or the Guildhall – Read more here.

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