this is bbc news. the headlines at three: the prime minster warns gps in england they must open for longer to meet patient demand or risk losing funding. doctors‘ leaders have hit back. clearly, we know what the reasons for the problems are. the reasons are, we have too few doctors, lower than in any other part of europe, we have too few hospital beds, we have cuts in social care. jeremy corbyn warns the social care system is at serious risk of breakdown and, if labour wins the next election, failing private care homes will be taken into public ownership. this man was somebody special from the world of football. also in the next hour: a girl stolen from hospital when she was just eight hours old is found 18 years after she disappeared.
police in the us made the discovery following a tip—off. a woman's been charged with kidnapping. and in half an hour: mice, madness and mario. all the latest goings—on in the tech world in click. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister is warning gps they could face funding cuts if they don't keep surgeries open for longer to meet demand from patients. the government says many people are going to hard—pressed accident and emergency departments because they can't get gp appointments. doctors‘ leaders accuse the government of failing to address an nhs funding crisis. our political correspondent, tom barton, reports. waiting time targets missed.
hospitals declaring major alerts. the news from the nhs last week wasn't good. now there's a suggestion from number ten that part of the cause is that family doctors just aren't open for long enough. a downing street spokesman said, "it is increasingly clear that a large number of surgeries are not providing the access that patients need and that patients are suffering as a result". and so ministers are proposing withholding extra funding from gps who can't show they're offering appointments at the times their patients want them. the government sees gps as key to reducing pressure on hospitals, pointing to figures which suggest that nearly 30% of patients at a&e would be better cared for elsewhere. but those who represent gps see today's announcement as an attack on their profession. there's no point in blaming hard—working doctors
or nurses in the nhs. there's no point blaming one part of the system when clearly, we know what the reasons for the problems are. the reasons are we have too few doctors — lower than any other part of europe. we have too few hospital beds. we have cuts in social care. so patients who are in hospital can't come out into the community. jeremy corbyn today defended gps and argued the solution to pressure in hospitals is to improve funding in the care system. a labour government would give social care the funding it needs and give a firm commitment to take failed private care homes into public ownership to maintain the social care protection that our people need. applause. it's the very least we can do to guarantee dignity for people who have given so much to our country. ministers say stopping people from using a&e inappropriately
should ease pressure on hospitals and they say other parts of the nhs, including gps, must play their part in making that happen. tom barton, bbc news. we've been asking people outside a gp‘s surgery in leeds what they thought of the government's proposals. well, our gp surgery is open seven days a week, which is very good, so i think every surgery should be open seven days a week, considering that there are that many patients to see. saves everybody going to a&e and everything so, yes, i think it's a jolly good idea and, yes, they should be open seven days. a lot of gps, though, say they have a shortage of doctors, very hard to find doctors. that's a problem, yes. do you think, then, there should be more money? oh, yes, i think there should be a lot more money poured into doctors and, can i say this, social care for the elderly? i think they definitely need to be open seven days a week. i work in the recruitment industry so i understand the recruitment argument. there needs to be just a big focus and investment on recruiting, attracting more people
to the industry and recruiting the right talent, i suppose. it's definitely the way forward, to ease the pressure on a&e. these guys are already open six days a week and they have a walk—in clinic. it takes weeks to get an appointment as it is, so i'd imagine that it's not a very good idea, in my opinion. although a&e are struggling, too. do you think that would work, then, if gp surgeries opened for longer, that might help a&e? possibly, but you'd need more gps then, so it's a vicious circle, really, with all of this stuff. it used the gp surgery this morning the test and it is very convenient to have that open on a saturday morning. if i was offering something seven days a week for a business, i would expect it to cost more. and you heard one lady mentioning social care reform. well, jeremy corbyn has used
a speech in central london to announce that failing care homes could be taken into public ownership under a future labour government. he also defended the direction he is taking the party in amid warnings that labour is heading for likely defeat at the next general election. mr corbyn attacked the government's record on the nhs and warned that the social care system in england was at risk of breaking down because of growing demand and financial pressures. i don't keep talking about the national health service because it is in labour's comfort zone. i talk about the nhs because it is in a danger zone at the present time. much of this is about the systematic neglect of our elderly people. over a million of whom are not getting the social care they need. we will not let the elderly down. people who have worked and contributed all of their lives in taxes and made a huge contribution to our society. a total of 380 care home businesses have been declared insolvent since 2010.
that is because the amount councils pay towards fees for residencies have fallen and costs have increased. we are warning the government that if you do not put money into social care now, the system is at serious risk of breaking down. the fifth annual report of the care quality commission found one in five nursing homes did not have enough staff to make sure people received good and safe care. frankly that is outrageous. one in five. a labour government would give social care the funding it needs and give a firm commitment to take failed private care homes into public ownership to keep the social care protection our people need. the east coast of england has escaped largely unscathed from a tidal storm surge during the night. thousands of people had been advised to leave their homes but the high tide failed to breach flood defences. simon clemison reports.
after all the words of warning, just the sight and sound of a huge display of strength by nature. within five or ten minutes it was coming over the walls and it was just flooding straight in. it just started running all the way down the street. it was awful. about 30 homes were inundated here in hornsea. businesses too. into the evening, people in the path of the storm surge were still trying to protect their properties. many had been advised to leave, but some in great yarmouth were keen to stay put. we saw this all happen in 2013. but you have to take precautions at the end of the day. all we are doing is putting sandbags near the doorways. others found comfort however they could as special rest centres opened up. but when high tide arrived in each town, conditions appeared to ease. the environment agency had sent in pumps and more than five miles of temporary barriers. 0fficials insist the emergency response was not over the top. the worst appears to be over.
the defences have held. the rest centres will be laid off now. to be honest with you, if that had of breached, we would have been in a lot worse situation in and these centres would have been needed. it's wise to say that we followed everything by the book as far as the environment agency and emergency services were concerned. for those of you who want to go home, get out of here! some are now beginning to return home. but with storm warnings still in place, people are being urged not to take chances. 0ur correspondent, alex dunlop, sent this update from great yarmouth on the norfolk coast. 5000 properties were at risk of a severe flood warning but only 60 or
70% of people heeded to these rest centres. 60% decided they would either move in with relatives or hunker down in their own homes. three years ago, they saw the suitable for so to an extent they knew what was coming. the worst did not happen. explain why we did not get that combination of wind, tide, why did that not happen? for a significant storm to have a major impact, you need a combination of high tide, a surge and wind on top of that to come together. we predicted all of that, we forecast all of that. but actually they came out of sync. the impact was much less significant than we might have feared, mercifully. it is so hard to call. it is very difficult. it is not an exact science. actually, what we saw were levels
which were not far below the top of the defences. if the wind remained in the same direction and strength, we might well have seen significant toppling of defences and flooding. huge resources were drawn in and huge planning. people might say, did you overreact? what we have seen in the last few years is a significant strengthening of defences on the east coast. about half a million properties have been protected from flooding in the last 24 hours. we brought in additional resources to support that and made decisions with the emergency services partners, police, localauthorities, fire and rescue, and in some places and some circumstances evacuation was the right course of action. i remember being here three years ago when these flood defences, i think it was about four inches
from going over the top. is there a danger of looking back in 2007 when the flooding was not too bad and we got away with it in 2013, last night we got away with it and is the risk of complacency? we can bring in temporary flood defences to support these. emergency partners work together to make the best decisions to support communities. but this is not a precise science. the margins are very fine. in a word, the danger has now passed. it has now passed, the tide is receding and the weather is looking a little bit more benign. the headlines on bbc news: doctors leaders hit back at the prime minister's warning that gps could lose funding if they fail to open for longer without reason, to tackle patient pressure. jeremy corbyn says if labour wins the next general election, failing care homes will be taken into public ownership. the east coast of england escapes
largely unscathed amid fears of an overnight tidal storm surge — it's after a change in wind direction. and in sport: harry kane scores a hat—trick as tottenham move up to second in the premier league with an impressive 4—0 win over west brom at white hart lane. it's been a week to celebrate for the spurs striker after the birth of his first child. his side are now four points behind chelsea, who play leicester in the late kick—off. tributes are being paid at watford, the former club of manager graham taylor, who died at the age of 72 on thursday. they play middlesbrough this afternoon with fans leaving messages and flowers outside vicarage road and the players and spectators holding a minute's applause before kick—off. and british number three dan evans lost his first atp tour final at the sydney international. he was beaten in straight sets by gilles muller and will climb to a new career high ranking just outside the world's top 50, with the australian open
beginning on monday. before you disappear, john, there've been lots of tributes being paid to graham taylor today, including one from his close friend, bbc commentatorjohn motson, in the past half hour. he was speaking to final score‘s jason mohammed. i have just shared a i havejust shared a bit i have just shared a bit of lunch with his wife rita and their two daughters. they made a brave decision to come here today and to join in the celebration of the watford supporters. my memories of him go back to his lincoln city days in the mid—70s. i was living very close to this ground when he came here in 1977 appointed by elton john, who had already interviewed bobby moore for thejob,
john, who had already interviewed bobby moore for the job, and taylor reconstructed this club from top to bottom. 0ver reconstructed this club from top to bottom. over on the far side for me 110w bottom. over on the far side for me now is the eltonjohn stand. that was a rickety old construction when he first came and remain that way for many years but he built a stand at the front for the young supporters to come with their mums and dads. he invented all sorts of things. my main memory about him is the way he integrated with the club because it was a club not a team, the way he integrated the club into the way he integrated the club into the community. he insisted that two players every week or maybe twice a week went out to the local function, mixed with the supporters, the community in turn embraced him and the club and the connection between watford and their fans or something. it is his legacy. it is something i
had not witnessed at any other football club, and it was remarkable, the way he did this. and then of course, there are all sorts of other memories. i remember giving a 2—part documentary with him in the 19705 a 2—part documentary with him in the 1970s the arab world our wild sports night programme. if anybody is listening, they might want to dig that out of the archive because that would show you that this man, from the time he first became a manager, was somebody special in the world of the archive because that would show you that this man, from the time he first became a manager, was somebody special underwater football. we were hearing how much she was loved. absolutely, that is what has come out. just a huge affection he was held, not only with those involved in the game, but also fans as well. it was particularly poignant is that minute's applause was held at vicarage road with watford in action against
middlesbrough, that with the cries and shouts, there is only one graham taylor, the middlesbrough fans. that is testament to his legacy, there we re is testament to his legacy, there were tough times of course. we have heard a lot since his death on thursday, the difficult time is as manager of england following the difficulties he experienced and the u psets difficulties he experienced and the upsets the england suffered during his time at the helm as the national manager, but despite that, he is held in such high regard the football world over. it is very poignant that all football fans are marking his passing today, notjust those of the clubs he has managed, watford and aston villa, who will
also hold a minute's applause. they are in action against wolverhampton wanderers, so emotions will run high. steve bruce himself, the current manager of aston villa, as members of his staff who played and worked with graham taylor previously, so it would be an emotional afternoon. a teenager who was stolen as a newborn baby from a hospital in florida 18 years ago has been found in south carolina. kamiyah mobley was discovered after a tip—off and dna tests confirmed her real identity. the woman who raised her has been charged with kidnapping. richard galpin reports. this is kamiyah mobley with the woman who, for all her life, she believed to be her mother. they'd seemed a perfectly normal and happy family living in a quiet part of south carolina. but today, her mother, gloria williams, is under arrest, charged with kidnapping kamiyah after she was born 18 years ago and giving her a false identity.
so in south carolina, we found an 18—year—old young woman, with the same date of birth, but a different name. so further investigation revealed that fraudulent documents had been used to establish that young woman's identity. in interviews with people, it supported the possibility that this young woman may be kamiyah mobley. just after she was born in this hospital in florida in 1998, kamiyah was abducted by a woman posing as a nurse. but it was only last year that police received a tip which eventually led to the arrest. for her biological family, a moment of huge relief. she sounds so intelligent and so respectful and she says she will be here to see us. for kamiyah herself, disbelief that the woman she loved as a mother is now accused of being her abductor. richard galpin, bbc news. a cross—party group of mps
is calling on the government to publish its brexit plan by next month at the latest. they're also asking for transitional arrangements to smooth britain's departure from the european union to give the economy time to adapt. our business correspondent, joe lynam, reports. britain's biggest industries employing millions of people have long been calling for some sort of transitional arrangement after britain quits the eu. they needed to avoid a sudden change in the rules post brexit. now, they've got support from a key group of mps from all parties in the commons. we think that any return to tariffs or bureaucratic obstacles would not be in the interests of british business and the committee believes that transitional arrangements will be needed to smooth the process as we leave the european union particularly, if there were to be any changes to the way we trade or the way we sell our services. the brexit committee of mps says the government should set out by mid—february whether it aims to remain in the single market
or the customs union. it should press for a transitional arrangement with the eu if it can't secure a full deal within the two year time frame. crucially the committee said that the government should offer mps a vote on whatever is agreed at the end of the negotiation. but some lobby groups dismissed the idea. we should spend the two years of negotiations on the financial services and ensuring the city is ok. we don't need a transitional arrangement. the government said, "we will set out our plans by the end of march and that parliament will be appropriately engaged throughout the process of exit, abiding by all constitutional and legal obligations." next week, theresa may gives a big speech on britain's future talks with the eu. at the same time, the supreme court could decide whether she, or all mps in parliament, will decide whether and when to formally trigger the exit process. joe lynam, bbc news. the us president—elect,
donald trump, is suggesting he will consider lifting sanctions imposed on moscow by president 0bama in retaliation for russian cyber attacks. in an interview with the wall streetjournal, mr trump said he would retain sanctions "at least for a period of time" but could scrap them if russia was helpful to the us. sarah corker reports. with days to go before donald trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the united states, washington is still reeling from an extraordinary week of swirling allegations. and now with an eye on future global relations mr trump has said he is willing to work with russia and china providing they co—operate. he told the wall streetjournal, "if russia is really helping us, why would anyone have sanctions". when asked about the one china policy under which the us no longer acknowledges taiwan he said, "everything is under negotiation." meanwhile, allegations that russia
attempted to influence the presidential election will be investigated by a us senate committee. they'll examine alleged close ties between moscow and members of mr trump's campaign teams and russia's cyber activity and intelligence practises. and lawmakers have been briefed about the unverified dossier with its explosive claims. the american people are owed the truth and there is a great deal of evidence to say that is an issue of high interest to the american people. the strength, the integrity of our own democracy. the president—elect has angrily denounced the allegation against him and his team as fake news. back in washington, the focus turns to friday, 20th january, and the inauguration. rehearsals have already started as the nation gets ready to usher
in a new political order with the rest of the world watching what happens next. the studio behind the star wars films says it won't digitally recreate carrie fisher's performance in new instalments of the franchise. ms fisher, who died last month, played princess leia in the original trilogy. lucasfilm was responding to speculation that it was negotiating with her estate over using her image in the films. she was expected to appear in episode 9 of the saga, due to be released in 2019. the divorce of film starjohnny depp and actress amber heard has been finalised after months of wrangling over the final terms of the break—up. depp has agreed to pay heard $7 million, which she says she will donate to two charities. she had accused depp of domestic abuse — a claim he denies. heard filed for divorce in may after 15 months of marriage. a number of frozen fish and meat products are being recalled
from sale across the uk for being potentially unsafe. the food standards agency and food standards scotland said the mda products ltd items had been repackaged in unapproved premises. the products may also have best—before or use—by dates that have been extended beyond those set by the manufacturers. in 1979, a teenage photographer took his camera along to a gig by thejam. he captured the band at the height of their fame but lacked the confidence to do anything with the pictures. now, nearly four decades later, they're on the cover of a live album by the jam. john danks reports. the jam on top of the pops in november 1979. when mike searle went to see them play live in aylesbury that same month, he took along his russian—made zenit camera. it was an amazing gig.
they were an amazing band to see live. paul weller used to leap around with his guitar. so what i really wanted to do was catch him jumping with his guitar, because that was his signature move. so i managed to get that. lacking confidence, mike didn't do anything with them. the pictures didn't see the light of day again until a few years ago. wanting to set up as a freelance photographer, mike dug them out, put them online and then he got a call. someone from universal music called me up and said, "we'd like your photos. we'd like to use them on a live album we're releasing from the same year, are you interested?" and i was like, "yes, i am". a deal was done and six months later the finished album was posted to him. i got the package and opened it up and it was shiny, heavy, a beautiful piece of art. i would've done it for love to be honest. so teenage dreams that finally came true 38 years later.
i really want to thank 17—year—old mike for earning me a little bit of money. the message to other people that age, if you have got a talent, follow your passion and really follow it through and good things can happen. a 22—year—old tortoise has been fitted with a set of wheels to help him get around. bert, an african spurred tortoise, had injured his back legs. he can now move unassisted again at his home at the dinosaur adventure park near norwich. bert still has plenty of miles in him as his species of tortoise can live for up to 80 years. perhaps you have been tempted to sheu
perhaps you have been tempted to shell out for winter weather were, it has been so cold. but milder effects on the way. we have seen showers moving in from the north—west, the majority of these falling as rain. it has actually been a bit less cold today than the last couple of days. 0vernight, we will see a weather front pushing in, bringing a spell of snow for a time across scotland and northern and eastern parts of england. eventually, we will see milder atla ntic eventually, we will see milder atlantic air working so there should bea atlantic air working so there should be a transition from that snow back to rain but there is scope for several centimetres build—up. the risk of snow stones across east anglia and south—east england so bear that in anglia and south—east england so bearthat in mind. anglia and south—east england so bear that in mind. eventually, that milderair bear that in mind. eventually, that milder air will eventually push in. across the western side of the uk, a relatively mild day to stop but still pretty chilly across the eastern side of the uk. there will be extensive low cloud, mist and
hill fog patches to watch out for as well. hello. this is bbc news with maxine mawhinney. the headlines at 3:30pm... downing street warns gps in england that they must keep their surgeries open at times which suit patients, orface having theirfunding cut. the british medical association accused ministers of "scapegoating" doctors. jeremy corbyn says failing private care homes will be taken into public ownership if labour wins the next election. he warns the social care system is at serious risk of breakdown. parts of england's east coast have escaped significant flooding after a change in wind direction prevented a storm surge. seven people had to be rescued from life rafts after their cargo ship sank near kent. a teenager who was stolen as a newborn baby from a florida hospital 18 years ago has been found in south carolina