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this is bbc news. the headlines at four nhs england rejects claims by the red cross that hospitals and ambulance services are experiencing a humanitarian crisis. a former american soldier has been arrested after five people were shot dead at fort lauderdale airport in florida. the governor of the state says the gunman will be brought tojustice. the person responsible for this act will be brought to justice according to the full extent of the law. when you hurts one of us, you hurt all of us. at least forty three people have been killed by a bomb explosion in the northern syrian town of azaz. also in the next hour, the spiralling cost of repairing potholes in england and wales. councils predict the repair bill could reach £14 billion within two years. and coming up in half an hour exclusive access to the scene of turkey's new years eve terror attack, in reporters. good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. the nhs in england has denied claims from the british red cross that there's a ‘humanitarian crisis‘ in its hospitals. latest figures show a&e departments have had to shut their doors to patients more than 140 times in december, because of a lack of beds. the red cross which helps patients return home from hospital is calling for more government money. but nhs england say plans are in place to cope with additional demand and that talk of a humanitarian crisis is overblown. our health correspondent smitha mundasad reports. winter pressure on accident and emergency — nothing new. but the red cross says the strain on hospitals in england amounts to a humanitarian crisis.
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the charity claims social care cuts mean patients are being sent home without the right support so they end up back in a&e. red cross volunteers support nhs staff and say they've seen patients sent home without clothes. some, who don't receive the care they need to get washed, even some who have fallen and not been found for days. a&e staff recognise the problems too. the pressures on the nhs and especially in emergency care are particularly intense at the moment. but what is more concerning is the number of patients who have been managed within four hours and then the delays to admission into the hospital bed base which unfortunately are very, very significant and our staff are working under some pretty intolerable conditions at times. and sometimes they just can't manage. figures from nhs england show that overflowing a&e departments had to close their doors to new patients more than 140 times over the last month.
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compare that to the same month in 2015 and it's up more than 60%. so is the strain costing lives? the humanitarian crisis? no, i think that's an overstatement at this stage. clearly, demand is very high and it's higher than it has ever been, but we have the most comprehensive plans in place that we ever had, but it is very difficult at the moment. the death of two patients on emergency trolleys at worcestershire royal hospital are being investigated. one of them had waited 35 hours for a bed. the department of health says it's providing billions more each year to ease the pressure. beds are actually not quite as full as they were this time last year. but everyone in the health service knows things could get worse before they get better. smitha mundasad, bbc news. joining me now from the whittington hospital in north london is the labour leaderjeremy corbyn. thank you very much forjoining us
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this afternoon on bbc news. you are welcome. every winter we see more people becoming ill and needing treatment. why is this year any worse, in your view? it's worse this winter compared to last and it's got worse over the last few years and it's a combination of underfunding of the national health service, terrible pressure placed on a&e departments, lack of beds to move people on to and, of course, part of the problem is the backup caused by the problem is the backup caused by the lack of social care provided by local authorities so many cannot leave hospital when they should have been discharged in order to be cared for at home. how much though of a responsibility do we, as the public, bear in that we turn up sometimes at a&e with anything that we feel might need urgent treatment but it's not actually a proper emergency?” urgent treatment but it's not actually a proper emergency? i think it's the wrong emphasis to start blaming the public for this. the
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issueis blaming the public for this. the issue is the lack of funding of the health service and social care. obviously, people should only go to the a&e when they need to be there andi the a&e when they need to be there and i think most people behave in a proper and responsible manner. one of the problems is that the delays on getting a gp appointment means people go to a&e because of the shortages of gps because they can't get a ccess shortages of gps because they can't get access to any other form of health care. we need to deal with the social care crisis urgently, the funding crisis urgently for our hospitals, most of whom are in debt and many of whom would have been on emergency alert over the past few weeks because of the crisis and it needs government intervention now. to be criticised by the red cross is unprecedented, in my memory, when the red cross essentially a volu nta ry the red cross essentially a voluntary organisation, is helping out the nhs. now, obviously thank you to everyone that helps people out, that's how of course good
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societies work, but we have a health ca re societies work, but we have a health care as a human right in this country. that's what the nhs is for. the nhs needs the money now in order to ca re the nhs needs the money now in order to care for everybody. but, how much would that cost? if you look at labour's nhs policy about securing nhs and social care, bringing them into a publicly provided service and reversing marketisation as your party calls it, how much would that cost and where would the money come from? it would come from a combination of ending the internal mark in the nhs which is very expensive and also reversing the corporate tax cuts that the government announced it was going to put through in the autumn statement and which i raised with the prime minister during prime minister's question time. we raised over 500 events in december when the labour party organised a national day of action on the nhs. the crisis is now, real and it's here and surely it's the biggest wake—up call
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ever, that the red cross calls it a humanitarian crisis in our hospitals. how much of an issue is the idea of the april vatisation of the idea of the april vatisation of the nhs -- the idea of the april vatisation of the nhs —— privatisation of the nhs? the bma said about £7 billion, 6.3% of the budget was spent with the independent sector, that's a bit of a red herring isn't it? no, because the whole plan is to grow the private sector within the nhs and indeed a number of nhs commissioning authorities are already being handed over to others, somerset are doing that, as indeed many others have. we should be proud of our national health service, the staff who work so health service, the staff who work so hard in itand not health service, the staff who work so hard in it and not threaten them with privatisation. but what would it cost? you must be able to put a figure on it to know what your policy would require in
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terms of funding? what the policy requires is an addressing the local authority funding crisis by th department of communities and local government because all of our local authorities report problems over social care. the government's cut £4 billion from that over the past six yea rs. billion from that over the past six years. that should be put back into aduu years. that should be put back into adult social care quickly as a way of helping out the nhs crisis. nhs hospitals are running in debt or deficit and therefore, having to trim back or cut services or sell off sites and resours, which of course creates problems for tomorrow, and so ijust think the government needs to intervene now and the prime minister needs to come to parliament on monday and explain exactly what she intends to do in the midst of this crisis. how much more tax would we need to pay though to properly fund social care and the nhs? what i'm saying is that we should reverse the corporation tax
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cuts and the privatisation process in the nhs. that would make a big difference to the hospital budgets. but also, reversing the social care cuts to local authorities. what the government's done is said that local authorities can put 2% on council tax. that sound's fyne except what thatis tax. that sound's fyne except what that is doing is localising what is a national problem and of course 2% in council tax raises wildly different figures in different parts of the country, in kensington and chelsea a great deal, in rotherham, it doesn't raise very much, make comparisons like that all over the country. we have to have a national approach to both health and social care. we haven't had chance to talk to you about the fabian society report from about the fabian society report from a few days ago which is on a different matter admittedly. it's suggested that the labour party could look forward to as little as 20% of the vote come the next general election. what are you and your team going to do to try the to
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turn that around ? your team going to do to try the to turn that around? we are campaigning on the issues of inequality and injustice in this country. we have a government that's more interested in cutting corporate taxation, lowering the tax rate for the very rich and at the same time underfunding local authorities in social care and so many other areas for the first time for probably 30 years school budgets are falling, our nhs is in crisis, we are campaigning on all of those issues. we want real socialjustice in this country so that there isn't a postcode lottery on when you're cared for if you are disabled or elderly. we want a society that actually ca res elderly. we want a society that actually cares for everybody. that's what the prime minister said she wa nts what the prime minister said she wants on the steps of downing street when she assumed office. the problem is, since then, there's been further tax cuts for those that could pay more and huge cuts in social services as a result of the underfunding of local government. labour is on the side of people
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wanting decent good quality public services and an economy that invests for the future. if the policies don't attract more support but put you in striking distance of a victory at the general election, what would it take for you to step down and say someone else needs to lead the labour party? we are fighting, as a party, to protect and defend our nhs, to expand social ca re defend our nhs, to expand social care in our society, to properly fund education and for investment in infrastructure for a growing manufacturing economy in britain. that is the appeal we are putting out. that is the appeal that i believe will get a great deal of support. this is an issue facing the whole country and labour is trying to speak for 100% of the people of this country to ensure those policies are understood. but if you do not succeed in increasing your chances of victory, at what point would you say, i'm not the man to lead labour? i've been elected to lead this party
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by over 60% of the votes of members and supporters of this party. it's a great honour and responsibility. i'm carrying out that honour and that responsibility and our party is working very hard on these issues. when you were talking to me a few moments ago about the national health service, you asked about what we are doing, we organised a campaigna day. we are doing, we organised a campaign a day. afterfour orfive days after asking members to support us, 500 events were organised around the country, that is labour at a community level organising with people to defend our nhs like this wonderful hospital behind me was defended by people of this area which prevented the a&e area being closed yea rs which prevented the a&e area being closed years ago. jeremy corbyn mp leader of the labour party, thank you very much for talking to us. it's emerged that the man accused of shooting dead five people at an airport in florida yesterday had a history of mental health problems, some of which followed military service in iraq. esteban santiago, who's 26, was arrested after opening fire on people in the baggage reclaim area of fort lauderdale airport.
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our correspondent, jonny dymond, reports. they ran for their lives. as shots rang out in fort lauderdale's terminal 2, the area around the runway became the nearest thing to a place of safety. inside the terminal, panic. some lay on the ground to protect themselves. others lay dying. the gunmen is believed to have brought a weapon out of his checked luggage here at baggage reclaim. he loaded, fired, reloaded, fired again, then gave himself up. five people, tragically, are dead. we have the shooter in custody. he is unharmed. no law enforcement fired any shots. the subject is being interviewed
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by a team of fbi agents and broward sheriff's office homicide detectives. in custody, a young man, esteban santiago. a 26—year—old military veteran with a history of mental health problems. he'd served in iraq and come back, a relative said, as if he'd lost his mind. he'd been interviewed by the fbi. he'd said the government was controlling him. the individual did walk into our anchorage office in november. he came in and spoke with fbi agents at that time. he clearly stated that he did not intend to harm anyone. however, his erratic behaviour concerned fbi agents that were interviewing him. they contacted local police. as the police locked down the airport, rumours swirled back and forth about more attacks. but it was just one gunmen, a badly disturbed man with training
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and access to weapons. jonny dymond, bbc news. the fbi have given this update on their investigation in the last half hour. we are in the process of notifying the deceased family and loved ones. we have concluded the interview of the suspect. the suspect remains in custody and is currently held at the broward county jail on federal charges. we are working closely with the attorney's office and this afternoon the office will issue a press release in regards to the charges that the suspect will be facing. we are conducting interviews an investigative leads in numerous locations, not only here in south florida but throughout several other
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locations in the united states. we have conducted 175 witness interviews, we have recovered video, physical evidence and we continue to pursue every investigative lead. we have not ruled out anything. we can't to look at all avenues and all motives for this horrific attack and at this point we are continuing to look at the terrorism angle in regards to the potential motivation behind this attack. our correspondent gary o'donoghue is at fort lauderdale airport. a great deal of information coming out about the suspect and various strands of this investigation? yes. we are starting to get a picture here of a rather disturbed young man, i guess you might say. esteban
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santiago, 26 years old, sprint several years in the national guard —— spent several years in the national guard. his family say he came back from iraq a completely changed person and that when he was discharged from the military last august, and discharged honourably incidentally, there was no shadow over his service in that sense, we know at that point that some of the mental health issues may have arisen. we know his family have said that he was getting treatment and the fbi have said when they interviewed him in november, he behaved eratically and they referred him fora behaved eratically and they referred him for a mental health assessment. all that will raise questions about why someone who's been so firmly placed on the radar, not necessarily for reasons of terrorism, but in terms of their stability and, of course, if you combine that instability, that mental health
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issue, that potential issue with training, with the ability to use weapons, with all that, then you have a potential for a tragedy which is what we saw here yesterday. what difference might this particular incident then make, gary, to how security is organised within airports, not just to how security is organised within airports, notjust on the air side of things but on land side too? i think that is the key to this. that is highlighted, i suppose you might call it maybe a loophole in the security and airports. i mean you can carry a gun in your check baggage in the united states, it's com pletely baggage in the united states, it's completely lawful, there are things you have to do like locking it in a case, you have to unload the weapon, but you can put ammunition in the same case as well and, of course, you have to declare it to the airline that that is what is in your checked baggage. you then go through security, take off your shoes, jacket, they go through your bags.
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but of course at the other end when you pick up your bag from the carousel, if you have got a semi automatic hand gun in it, as esteban santiago did, you can go into the lavatory, take it out, load it, back into the baggage hall and you can cause the tragedy and mayhem that he appears to have caused yesterday. so i think questions will be raised about that. will there be a debate about that. will there be a debate about gun ownership generally — of course, there always is after these insta nces course, there always is after these instances but the debate is always the same here in america, people say it's time for controls, the formula one lobby pushes back and very little ever changes. thank you very much. a key staging post on the supply
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route for rebel groups has been fought over by a number of factions in syria's civil war. one of the unions involved in negotiations to avert a 2k hour strike on london's underground has ended talks, dashing hopes of a last minute deal. the rmt said the talks had failed. the other union involved the tssa is still at the conciliation service acas. the stoppage is due to start on sunday evening, causing travel misery for thousands of commuters on monday. earlier our business correspondent joe lynam gave me the latest information on the talks. the tssa represents around 500 people on the underground, but the vast majority are represented by the rmt trade union and they have walked out of the talks, the conciliation service acas resumed their efforts to find a solution this morning at around 11 but the rmt walked out at around 11 but the rmt walked out at around 2 this afternoon. the talks will continue with a small rump of the workers but it looks now very
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likely that the strike will go ahead at6 likely that the strike will go ahead at 6 tomorrow evening, 2a hour strike. what impact is it likely to have? four million people on a normal work day use the underground so you can imagine they are currently scurrying around to find alternative routes into the city. it's one of the biggest transport networks in europe and shutting it down will make getting around the city very difficult. this is a dispute about station ticket offices. for the last three or four yea rs, offices. for the last three or four years, the london underground's attempted to save money so it doesn't have to increase the cost of tickets to the public by closing down ticket offices. the union representing most of the workers in the rmt say that is dangerous because customers won't have access to the support they'd otherwise get and there is a security issue as well as helping customers issues because there's nobody there. the management say there'll be people patrolling the platforms and in and around the station, theyjust won't
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be behind the booth. it's a protracted negotiation and, at the moment, we are no closer to a solution. we have had a statement from the rmt about why they have withdrawn from these talks, it comes from john leech, who says: we have been led up the garden path, we have been made the garden path, we have been made the same offer on three occasions by london underground, we are in a serious game about passenger safety. london underground have removed 830 staff from stations and control rooms, we need guarantees that the control rooms will be re—opened in a meaningful way. they've offered us a band—aid ona meaningful way. they've offered us a band—aid on a gaping wound. it finishes by saying, we are disappointed that management and the mayor need to know we cannot tolerate an unsafe underground. the us department of homeland security says it will increase protection of the country's voting machines and data bases, to guard against cyber attacks. it's in response to a report by intelligence officials which for the first time directly
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accuses president putin of trying to boost donald trump's election bid. catriona renton reports. the report from american intelligence claims russia's president, vladimir putin, personally ordered what it called an influence campaign to help donald trump's chances of winning the american presidency. the president—elect had earlier described the russian hacking claims as a political witch—hunt by his opponents. at trump tower, he met america's top intelligence officials for a classified briefing. at trump tower, he met america's top intelligence officials for a classified briefing. they say russia's actions included hacking into the e—mail accounts of the democratic national committee and top democrats, and using intermediaries such as wikileaks to release the information. russia has previously denied this, and wikileaks founderjulian assange has said before that moscow was not the source.
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after the briefing, mr trump did not single out russia. in a statement he said... it depends how you phrase it. russia was involved. it looks very supportable as a proposition in no small measure i think because they we re small measure i think because they were able to come up with the identities of the intermediaries between the russian government and the people who did some of the hacking. they didn't have that before. that i think was one thing that got a lot of people's attention, including mine. and the incoming vice president says the us
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will strengthen cyber defences. the president—elect has made it very clear that we're going to take aggressive action in the early days of our new administration to combat cyber attacks and protect the security of the american people from this type of intrusion in the future. donald trump said he had tremendous respect for the work and service done by those in the us intelligence community. but, with two weeks to go until he moves into the white house, questions remain over how they will all work together to keep america safe. catriona renton, bbc news. sir ivan rogers has confirmed his resignation from the foreign office and the civil service. formerly britain's most senior diplomat at the european union, sir ivan rogers, resigned last wednesday — just months before he was due to play an important role in the complex negotiations on the uk's exit from the eu. in southern thailand, at least 18 people have died
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in a week of heavy rains and floods, and thousands of villages have been submerged. according to the country's interior ministry, 700,000 people have been affected. forecasters are warning that the unseasonal downpours will continue for at least another two days. the repair bill to fix the country's potholes could soon reach £14 billion pounds. that's according to councils in england and wales who say the government should pay for the repairs from fuel duty. the government says it's already putting £250 million into fixing the problem, but the local government association says that's not enough, as duncan kennedy reports. councils fix 2 million potholes every year. that is about 12,000 for every local authority in england and wales. but it never seems to be enough. now, the councils claim the repair bill could soon reach £14 billion. hard—pressed councils, who are mending, you know, a pothole every five seconds in this country,
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just cannot get to the core of the problem, which is actually many of our roads are just being patched now. they need to be fully repaired. the councils say the government must do more to help, and suggest increasing fuel duty by a couple of pence a litre, a figure they say the public would support. but it is notjust the cost of repairing all these potholes that seems to be on the increase. today's report also found that the time it is taking appears to be on the rise as well, going up from ten years in 2006 to 14 years today. last year, the government announced a £250 million pothole repairfund to help 100 councils fix 4 million potholes. but today's report by local councils suggest that is not enough, and that the pothole problem is actually getting worse. nasa have released a rare detailed photo of the earth and the moon,
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as seen from mars which is some 127 million miles away. the image was taken from nasa's most powerful telescope orbiting the red planet.. the reddish feature near the middle of the face of earth is australia. ice and snow carvers have been putting the final touches to their work ina putting the final touches to their work in a sculpture in china. they range from monuments and characters. now the weather with matt taylor. not as chilly out there at the moment, certainly mild this weekend but there could be a chill and some snow on the way later this week. keep tuned to the forecast but
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today, this shot from derbyshire sums up the uk. most grey skies, one 01’ sums up the uk. most grey skies, one or two little chink of blue with a bit of sunshine coming through. the cloud write skies will dominate tonight. if you are on the move tonight. if you are on the move tonight into tomorrow morning, there could be some fog around. the odd spot of light rain or drizzle keeps the temperatures up. for the north—east of scotland and maybe north—east of scotland and maybe north—east england where we see some gaps in the cloud, there could be some frost. for most, grey skies, misty conditions, especially first thing in the morning, the odd spit or spot of rain. overall, temperatures above where they should be for the time of year, 7—11. things are set to get that bit colder. we'll see colder conditions and wet and windy conditions and wet and windy conditions push through across the country on monday. a brief milder
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speu country on monday. a brief milder spell midweek but a colder windier week on the way and yes later on we could see wintry weather for some of you. bye. this is bbc knees. the headlines: this is bbc news. the headlines: labour leaderjeremy corbyn has called on the government to put more resources into the nhs. it comes as the british red cross says hospitals and ambulance services are experiencing a "humanitarian crisis" — a claim nhs england rejects. the governor of florida says the gunman who killed five people at fort lauderdale airport will be brought tojustice. a 26—year—old army veteran has been arrested. at least 43 people have been killed by a lorry bomb in the northern syrian town of azaz.

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