also in the next hour: hundreds of people along the east coast return home after a predicted storm surge failed to materialise. hundreds of people along the east coast return home after a predicted surge failed to materialise elswehere. fans pay tribute to the former england and watford manager, graham taylor, who died on thursday. we'll have the details in sportsday at 5:30pm. 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. hospitals have faced a winter crisis like none before. unprecedented pressure in the new year, led almost half to declare a major alert doctors warning patient safety was being compromised. today the government said gp surgeries were partly at fault, failing to provide the access patients need, forcing them into accident & departments instead. the government wants surgeries to open from 8am until 8pm and open seven days a week unless they can prove there is no demand. they said they will withhold extra funding unless gps comply. i have worked as a nurse for many years in the nhs and i know every winter is difficult, but this winter in particular, i have seen the highest number ever attending a&e so we have to make best use of resources. funding is tight and if gps will not be open when the public need them to
be open, the funding can be directed to other places in the nhs such as a&e. but gps say they are being made a scapegoat for the government's failure to fund the nhs sufficiently. if all practices were expected to open seven days a week using five days worth of funding and staffing, all that would happen is we would undermine the quality of care we can provide to the vast majority of our patients and we would stretch an already overstretched service more thinly. some health experts have supported claims by doctors that congestion a&e department has been caused by finding beds for more seriously ill patients than overflow from gp surgeries. they say medically fit patients are clogging up badly needed beds because of the shortage of money to care for them at home. today, jeremy corbyn took the opportunity to announce a new labour proposal to ease
the pressure on social care. a labour government would give social care at 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. research suggests three in ten people in a&e would be better treated elsewhere and the government insists gps are vital to stopping them going there. it is now ready to take tough measures to see that they do. 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. i personallyjust used a gp
surgery this morning, funnily enough, for a blood test, so it's very convenient to have that on a saturday morning. my personal view is, time to put my money in, if you want a seven—day—a—week service. if i was offering something seven days a week for a business, i'd expect it to cost more than five days. earlier we were told that doctors are struggling as it is without the government making extra demands. are struggling as it is without the government making extra demandslj think government making extra demands.” think they're completely deluded. we are struggling at the moment to provide a safe by day service. there aren't enough gps. young doctors aren't enough gps. young doctors aren't coming into general practice. a recent survey by the national gp committee showed that over 80% of gps worry that they are not able to provide a safe service as they are overloaded. to stretch that more thinly over seven days is crazy.
evenif thinly over seven days is crazy. even if you got extra funding it is still not possible? if we got extra funding, it was reason wrist properly, i think it would be excellence, but where are the doctors going to come from? it is not going to happen quickly enough. but extra funding is always welcome to encourage more doctors. if the demand is there, and the necessity is there as patients want appointments at weekends because they more convenience, fine but a lot of pilots have been undertaken which show that the demand is not there on a sunday. they have been pulled. the demand end a&e is between eight o'clock and i2 pulled. the demand end a&e is between eight o'clock and 12 o'clock during the week and four o'clock and six o'clock. the main david amanda ‘s on sunday when gps are open anyway. do you understand that the public would like to see a much more flexible gp service in many places?
i know it is sort of broad brush of the lot of gps to provide flexible hours, but can you understand what the public is asking for?” hours, but can you understand what the public is asking for? i can absolutely understand. the public wa nt to absolutely understand. the public want to see a doctor when they are unwell, have timely access to a doctor. the problem is this government have systematically underfunded the nhs is that there are underfunded the nhs is that there a re less doctors underfunded the nhs is that there are less doctors and nurses available. we have less doctors and nurses per head and let hospital beds per head of population than most of the developed countries in the world. if the government reason wrist it properly in pay for the service properly, absolutely, and the demand was there, certainly. i work, we open at 8am and sometimes do an extended service until half past seven. we have a surgery every morning. lots of surgeries are providing extended access already. earlier, our political correspondent, chris mason, said the prime minister was keen to be seen as on the side of patients. after a howling gale of bad
headlines over the last couple of days, theresa may wants to be seen to be taking charge. as to be on the side of patients, on the side of the woman who just came up to me a couple of minutes ago with her phone counting on the stopwatch nearly seven hours, as she has waited here to get her ageing mother checked into a bed. she was full of praise for the south, but theresa may if siding with a&e is pursuing a risky strategy. we are seeing that with the reaction it is provoked. but arguably politically it would be more risky to say nothing. for a long time it has been an achilles heel of the conservatives that they have not been widely trusted with the nhs. this week, this month, this winter, doesn't help with that. this week, this month, this winter, doesn't help with that. a teenager who was stolen as a new—born from a hospital in florida eighteen 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. our washington correspondent laura bicker sent this report. this is kamiyah mobley, with a woman, who for hall and her life she believed was her mother. but the 18—year—old has discovered the truth. and today that woman, gloria williams is behind bars. you have been charged with kidnapping. kamiyah was stolen from a hospital in florida eight hours after she was born, by someone posing as a nurse. her family pleaded for help to find her and police received thousands of tip—offs. but it was only in the last year they had a breakthrough. she had an inclination beginning a couple of months ago, she may have been involved in this in some way. she has a lot to process and a lot to think about. kamiyah‘s family in florida have never forgotten the baby that was snatched from them in 1988 and they have been in touch
over the internet. she sounds so intelligent and she said she will be here to see us. every day you get up, there is always hope. there was always hope. for kamiyah herself, there is shock and disbelief, as she watches the woman she thought was her mother, jailed for being her abductor. laura bicker nowjoins me from washington. do we know any more information about how it all can't alight? yes, it seems to be an anonymous tip—off to the national missing children's service. we are not quite sure a few that hip was, but they informed the police. the police then looked at south carolina, this town where i am oddly was growing up, where she was brought up. there, they asked to
ta ke brought up. there, they asked to take a dna test. at the same time as you heard from the police there, she had a suspicion for a few months that she had been kidnapped. we are not sure where that has come from. but when she took the dna test, they discovered that she was in fact kamiyah mobley and not in fact alexis. she had been brought up in quite a small town in south carolina. her parents went to church there. she was known in the neighbourhoods. they were said to be a quiet family. by all accounts, it seems like she had quite a nice time asa seems like she had quite a nice time as a teenager. but now she has had to find out that all of those 18 yea rs we re to find out that all of those 18 years were in fact alive. what happens now? it is interesting to ask. you heard from that police press c0 nfe re nce ask. you heard from that police press conference yesterday, and what they told us during that time was that she was taking time to process
as taking time to take counselling. when it comes to the woman she thought was her mother, gloria williams, she will now go through charges from kidnapping, and you saw how upset kamiyah mobley was watching her, the woman who she thought was a mother, being taken away and put behind bars. it is going to be a very difficult time for that young woman. she says she will visit biological family, as there will be a reunion. what a time for them, who have hoped this for a number of years. the mother told a local newspaper that she had cut a piece of birthday cake every year for 18 years, as now she will get to see that young child again. quite an astonishing story. but now this young child is in adults. the choices will be hers. the choices indeed will be hers. when she was taken from the hospital, the woman who was dressed as a nurse was walked into the wards and tells her
biological mother that the baby had a fever and that she needed to be checked. she walked out and disappeared. those 18 years, kamiyah mobley has been brought up thinking she was someone else, thinking that was her mother. she now has the choice as to what she will do. we understand that she may stay in south carolina and visit her biologicalfamily, but south carolina and visit her biological family, but it will be interesting to see what this young woman does now that she knows the truth. thank you. thank you. one person is being treated for burn in manchester, after an explosion caused serious fire damage to a cafe. three fire engines have been dealing with the blaze, which engulfed the cafe on rochdale road in the harpurhey area of the city. the fire service are urging people to avoid the area and the section of road has been closed. a man has died after part of a cliff collapsed onto a beach in suffolk. police were called to the beach in thorpeness just before one thirty police were called to the beach in thorpeness just before 1:30pm this afternoon following reports that a man was trapped.
despite efforts by the emergency services to locate and free the man, who is believed to be in his late fifties, he died at the scene. police are not treating the death as suspicious. the east coast of england 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. but the east yorkshire town of hornsea did experience flooding after huge waves hit the area. today people were surveying the damage and starting a clean—up. jo makel reports. the destructive force of last night's waves is now all too clear. shutters and sandbags were not enough to keep out the sea. the staff at this amusement arcade in hornsey said they didn't stand a chance. the were sandbags all along there. the waves just took the shutters, through the doors. we have to completely start again.
the whole place is going to be gutted. lots of people rely on this for money. a lot of us. sorry, i'm really very upset. as you can see. on the seafront last night, a grandmother and two children had to be rescued from this car moments before it sank. and the latest count is that ten homes and businesses flooded. people and pets had to be rescued. the frozen tree's has been under the water. a man who was quite a serious diabetic had to use the boat to be ta ken to safety. by this time they were waist deep in water. there is a lot of damage. our thoughts are with the families that have got all this to clean—up. we will certainly be there to help them clear up. right. lets see what the palace looks like. 0k. it is a bit of a mess.
to say the least. this was the first time cathy webster had been back to her house. but she knew what to expect. it is the second time she has been flooded. i know what i have got to do it's just, where do i start? you can't shift anything until the insurance people have been. there was relief to find her pet house—rabbits, which she had quickly put upstairs before evacuating. the environment agency was here today to help residents, and also assessed the flow and spread of the floodwater. all that information after any flooding event is taken back to our flood defence engineers to work out how to better manage flood defences in the future. and council workers were out to begin to clear up, but with those whose homes and businesses were directly affected, there will be months of work ahead. the headlines on bbc news: doctors have criticised the
government warning gps in england that they should stay open for longer. an american teenager who was stolen as a newborn baby from a hospital in florida, 18 years ago, has been found in south carolina. the residents of warranty in east yorkshire have been counting the cost of last night's sees storm. most of the east coast was u naffected. most of the east coast was unaffected. the us president—elect donald trump has suggested he may drop sanctions imposed on russia over alleged cyber—attacks. in an interview with the wall streetjournal, mr trump said he would retain the sanctions "at least for a period of time" —— but could scrap them if russia for a period of time" — but could scrap them if russia was helpful to the us — for example in fighting terrorism. catriona renton reports. it's been a week where donald trump has found himself dealing with a set of extraordinary allegations about his political
and personal life. it is all fake news, it is phoney stuff, it did not happen. but now he is trying to take back the agenda, outlining what his presidency might look like, in particular, his relations abroad. he has said he is willing to work with russia and china, provided they cooperate. in an interview with the wall streetjournal, the president—elect said, "if russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions?" and when asked about the one china policy, in which the united states no longer acknowledges taiwan, he said, "everything is under negotiation." but this has been a turbulent time with damaging claims about the president—elect that are not going away. just over a week ago, us intelligence released a report claiming the russian president vladimir putin had ordered the hacking of democratic party e—mails to damage donald trump's rival, hillary clinton, and influence the presidential election. now the senate intelligence committee. is set to investigate,
saying they will follow the evidence wherever it leads. lawmakers have also been briefed on the unproven dossier which alleges russian security officials have compromising material on mr trump, which he vigorously denies. the next big event is supposed to be on friday. rehearsals are underway in washington for donald trump's inauguration as the 40th president of the united states, but as this week has proved, a lot more could happen between now and then. catriona renton, bbc news. the committee of mps overseeing the brexit process has called on the government to reveal details of its plans by next month. the all—party group of mps also says the government should reach a transitional agreement with the eu — to give the economy time to adapt. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. for months, britain's largest employers have been calling for clarity on what type of deal will emerge post brexit. many want a transition arrangement
with the eu so they can plan ahead for the future. today, mps on both sides of the brexit argument, piled more pressure on theresa may by calling for exactly that. we think any return to tariffs or bureaucratic obstacles would not be in the interests of british business and the committee believes 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. this group of mps and business want to know whether britain wants to remain within the single market and they want to give mps a vote on the final deal. and if a deal can't be reached within the two—year time frame, they want a transitional phase to smooth the process out of the european union. one of the key sectors in all of this is the city of london, which provides more than a tenth of uk tax revenues. critics say that's what
the government should be protecting. we should spend the two years of negotiations on the financial services, ensuring the city is ok. we don't need a transitional arrangement. the eu's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier, warned there wouldn't be any special deals to protect uk financial services. on tuesday, the prime minister gives a key speech on her plans for brexit. it's far from certain though that she will be able to provide the detail that many on both sides are now demanding. joe lynam, bbc news. much of europe continues to be hit by icy weather and strong winds — more than 65 people have died over the past week. there's now growing concern for refugees and migrants living in makeshift camps — the un refugee agency is urging governments to do more. simonjones reports. the cold snap is tightening its grip. claiming more than 65 lives across europe. causing traffic chaos, power cuts and travel delays.
this is sarajevo. the balkans have been particularly hard hit. temperatures have been as low as —15 for several days. there is major concern about the plight of refugees, particularly in serbia. some are being sheltered in reception centres. but 1200 are living in a derelict warehouse in belgrade, according to the unhcr. it's very cold, and we are just making fire. but still we can keep warm ourselves. we don't like to say here. we're trying to leave this country and go to european countries. but we are stuck because of the borders. there are calls for governments across europe to do more. it will only take one more snow storm or another cold snap and we're going to see some, some children, you know, in a very dire situation. children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses at a time like this. we do not want to see this happen. it's about saving lives,
not about red tape and keeping to bureaucratic arrangements at the moment. river traffic along the danube, one of europe's main waterways, has largely been suspended in eastern europe due to the ice. in wengen in switzerland, a famous downhill race in the skiing world cup had to be cancelled because of too much snow. more than a0 centimetres fell overnight. powerful winds added to the complications, with organisers eventually having to admit the race could not be held safely. and the warning is that more bad weather is on the way. simon jones, bbc news. the divorce of the actors johnny depp and amber heard has been finalised after months of wrangling over the terms of the break up. johnny depp has agreed to pay heard $7 million, which she says she will donate to two charities. amber heard had accused him of domestic abuse, a claim he denied. she filed for divorce in may after 15 months of marriage. the studio behind the star wars
films says it won't digitally recreate carrie fisher's performance in new instalments of the franchise. carrie 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, due to be released in 2019. 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 open 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 got a talent, follow your passion and really follow it through and good things can happen. wighton lets see how the weather it has been another chilly day for many of us for top some of us will turn milder but others to simply calls. cloud and some rain for the next 2a hours. it will hit cold air which is in residence across eastern areas. some ice forming through this evening as the rain pushes on. some will turn to snow across the east of scotland, possibly as well. a good
deal milderfurther scotland, possibly as well. a good deal milder further west. scotland, possibly as well. a good deal milderfurther west. not scotland, possibly as well. a good deal milder further west. not for above freezing first thing in the morning across eastern counties. that poses a bit of a problem because as the rain journeys ever eastwards into parts of lincolnshire, east anglia, kent, some of that will turn to snow. no huge amounts but a pretty wintry scene. west of london, it will be that much milder. rain falling out of the sky here. positively mild across western parts of england. it will 9 degrees to the morning, david tennant belfast. will 9 degrees to the morning, david tenna nt belfast. some will 9 degrees to the morning, david tennant belfast. some folk above the higher ground. jury across scotland. pretty chilly air across most eastern areas and milder further west. through the day, these bands of rain will tend to sort of stall across central areas. the snow will is away and dry up across parts of eastern england. drier at further west but the full brightness. double figures across western areas. very chilly across easternmost parts. in
norwich, we keep the divide going as we go into the new working week. the dividing line, this band of bigger cloud and outbreaks of rain on either side of that, drier but contrasting temperatures keeping going. easternmost areas staying chilly at 560 to greece. further west, relatively mild as nine or ten. looking through the early part of next week, a couple of things happening. i pressure building in which means a lot of dry weather for the far north. we will have some sunshine emerging into south—eastern areas. sunshine but chilly air. despite the bright skies by day, some fairly hard frosts overnight across the north, south eastern areas. more cloud in the sky but it will be a good deal milder through the early part of next week. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the government has warned gps in england that they must keep their surgeries open for longer hours or face a cut