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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. hospital a&e's in england record one of their worst ever waiting times last month — 1,000 patients waited 12 hours on trolleys without being cared for by any medical staff at all. there is a breaking point — we wonder how long our hard work and goodwill and our enthusiasm and care and professional attitude — how that can be sustained over a long period of time. adding to the problems in hospitals — a report finds social care is being undermined by a lack of government planning and funding. one in five people working in parliament have experienced sexual harassment in the past year, a new code of conduct aims to tackle the issue. also today... plastic pollution has reached the arctic. scientists warn the contamination threatens wildlife in the pristine wilderness. researchers are particularly concerned about huge amount of tiny fragments of plastic in sea ice. the latest marvel adventure
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premieres in london tonight — with an all—black cast playing the superheroes. good evening and welcome to bbc news. new figures have revealed january to be one of the toughest months everfor a&e departments in england. and hospital—only a&es recorded their worst ever figures since records began. trolley waits continue to be a big problem, with a thousand patients waiting more than 12 hours to be cared for by any medical staff at all. the four—hour wait target for patients was missed for the 30th month in a row — but with over 85% of patients seen within that time it was slightly better than december. the target is 95%. that target was missed despite nonessential treatments being cancelled to relieve the pressure. our health editor hugh pym reports.
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the nhs flat out with staff working at a frantic pace just to keep services running, that is the picture which emerges from the figures forjanuary in england, a service overstretched and under intense strain. this nurse in leeds says that even though thousands of routine operations were postponed to help the system, the pressure was intolerable. it is not sustainable, it is how long we can maintain this professionalism and keenness and caring attitude, it will not go but it is wondering... people will crack. ok, let's see, we will go right on to cambridge heath road...
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in some areas, schemes are trying to curb the numbers going to hospital, here, a senior a&e consultant is out on the road with a paramedic, taking hospital care to patients at home. it is a partnership between london air ambulance, london ambulance service, and barts health. they see an elderly man with dementia who has been in and out of hospital. they ensure that he is safe to be left at home with his carer. we carry with us a laptop, giving direct access to the same... job! that we have... yes, we have got anotherjob. thatjob is to meet up with another ambulance crew, which has picked up a woman with chest pains, tony's experience as a consultant means he can reassure the patient that she is safe to stay at home. presumably this is a relief? yes, i don't want to go to hospital, four hours waiting. in the three—and—a—half—months since it was launched as a seven—day—a—week service, more than 300 patients have been treated at home, who otherwise would have needed ambulances to take them to a&e and some of them would otherwise have been admitted to hospital, so beds have been freed
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up for others. someone‘s looking after you well. liza is in a residential home, carers were concerned about her condition. this team have been able to carry out a range of checks and treatments to help her where she is. we've gone to patients and put a smile on their face and the face of their families, and everyone has come away thinking everybody at the nhs has done the bestjob they can for them. but they recognise the huge pressure every day across the nhs. there is a lot of frustration, at the end of the day we want to be able to say that we have done the best for our patients and when the system makes that difficult that can be very frustrating, working in an overly congested system sometimes leaves us feeling that we simply cannot deliver the best possible care for our patients. they are trying to deliver that
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level of care but as for most nhs staff, that has been harder than ever this winter. one problem contributing to nhs strain is the difficulty of finding suitable social care for patients outside hospital, so they can be discharged. the national audit office reported today that a lack of government planning and funding is undermining that social care availability. here's our social affairs correspondent, alison holt. it is a busy lunchtime at northfield nursing home in sheffield, demanding work for the care staff... who are looking after residents who may have dementia, problems walking or a range of chronic health conditions. joyce, good afternoon, only me, sorry to bother you. today's national audit office report outlines just how difficult it is to find people to do this vital work, but for residents like 97—year—old joyce, the staff make all the difference. it is absolutely essential, if, you know, i see the same face coming in in the morning and thinking,
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it is a friend. the nursing lead here, tammy ardron, says that recruiting staff is a real issue for them. it's not as attractive as the nhs, where you have your salary packages, enhanced rates of pay, unsociable hours... and i think that it is hard work, it is busy and constant, you have to be on the ball 2a hours a day. residential and nursing homes are dealing with an increasing number of people with really complex needs and they need the skilled staff to deliver that care. and that is why this report says the government must have a strategy for a sector struggling with low pay and low prestige. there was a staff turnover in 2016/17 of nearly 28%, councils spent 5.3% less on adult care than five years before, despite
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increasing demand. the report is clear that councils struggling with government cuts are not covering the real costs of care, according to the boss of this home, some providers have had no choice but to close or risk the quality of what they're doing. the only way that these operators can continue, is to cut the standard, because fundamentally, the funding issue is impacting on the resources, the workers, and the delivery of care. a survey of local authorities in england published today says that nearly all planned to put up council tax to try to cope with growing demands for adult and children's social care. but 80% still fear for their financial stability. the government insists it is addressing these pressures. that is why they are getting more resources, a real terms increase over two years, social care in particular, adult social care in the budget. 0ver £2 billion allocated.
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yesterday in parliament i announced an additional £150 million. this may relieve short—term pressures but in the long term i accept that we need to change the approach to social care. the department for health and social care says it will publish a strategy for the health and care work shortly. with me now to talk about the impact of council tax changes, is dr emily andrews from the institute for government. it will be quite a shock to many people getting their bills this year with most dazzles in england are looking to raise them are significantly. —— most councils. there are three reasons why councils feel they have to raise council tax on the first is the amount of funding they get from central government is falling, the department that distributes money to local councils has seen its budget fall by 60% in terms of day—to—day spending since 2009 and there are further cuts slated. the second reason, there is uncertainty around
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how local governments are going to be able to make up some of that funding shortfall. the current government plan is that councils will be able to retain the rates that come from local businesses to pay for local services but much of the key decisions for that to happen we re the key decisions for that to happen were pushed back around the time of the general election last year and we still don't know when those decisions will be made. the people running local services and local councils do not know how much money they are going to have and where it will come from in 2020. thirdly, rising demand for services, especially social care, adult social care, the demand is rising, an ageing population, two thirds of the people who receive social care services are aged 65 and over but also demand for children's social care, and those services you don't wa nt to care, and those services you don't want to get wrong by cutting corners and they are also the most
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expensive. are there things that councils could do better? we hear that they have faced these cuts over many years they say austerity is starting to bite but other people say they have got to be better at procurement and better at efficiency and there are things they can do. local councils have done an extraordinary job local councils have done an extraordinaryjob over the last eight years in a managing the reductions, they have changed the way they manage contracts to get more money out of the private providers, they are charging for some services and finding new ways to deliver things by integrating services, many different ways, they have largely managed to protect spending on children's social care but things like waste collection and libraries and leisure services, trading standards, they had seen 20-30% in trading standards, they had seen 20—30% in spending reduction since
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2010 and it's a council that they have done this without public outcry, although there have been flash points. services, like those local councils, some are in a good financial position, but the problem is, the government doesn't know how long those services can carry on making efficiencies in those ways before they get to the same point that northamptonshire reached earlier this week. thanks for joining us. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are lance price, political commentator and steven swinford, deputy political editor of the telegraph. interest rates have been held at nought point 5% but there's speculation the next rise could come as soon as may. it's because the global economy is expanding at its fastest pace in seven years.
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here's our economics editor kamal ahmed. stitching together a better story on the economy, orders for this firm in manchester are booming, it is a story repeated around the country, leading to a positive assessment from the bank of england. last 12 months, growing by 20%. europe has been much stronger than that and so we have more than doubled what the growth rate has been in the uk. i'm cautiously optimistic about the future, we are making major investments over the next 12 months. for the governor, there's a simple reason for the better news. 90% of the world economy is now growing above trend, and the global expansion is increasingly being driven by investment. uk net trade is benefiting from this robust global demand, and the fast depreciation of sterling.
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the economy is heating up, the threat of interest rate rises to control inflation has increased. governor, this is a warning on interest rates, that they are likely to come earlier, and then to rise more rapidly than you originally expected. it will be necessary, likely to be necessary, to raise interest rates to a limited degree, in a gradual process... the bank of england has upgraded growth — this year it is expected to rise from 1.5% to 1.7%. next year, better news as well, growth up from 1.7%, to 1.8%. but prices will continue to rise, deflation is now expected to be at 2.9% by the end of the year, with wages chasing to keep up. the bank of england expects that wages will accelerate, and the reasons for this: unemployment falling further, strong demand for labour, and fewer people entering
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the labour force. together that means higher wages. it will not necessarily feed into stronger consumption, households are squeezed by still high inflation. better news on the economy today from the bank of england but that news laced with a very significant signal on interest rates, if you have a mortgage, if you borrow money, be ready for higher bills, and if you are a saver, at last, get ready for better returns. the bank did warn again about brexit risk but for britain, an exporting nation, the good news from the rest of the world is keeping the economy buoyant. joining me now is professor iain begg from the london school of economics. the bank of england wants to return to normality with regards interest rates ? to normality with regards interest rates? yes, there's good news regarding that, when interest rates
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have been so low savers do not get anything and it distorts the other financial incentives in the economy so financial incentives in the economy so they will want to normalise. there's a second reason will want to increase interest rates, if anything problematic comes down the line, any kind of new crisis, they will want room former liver to reduce interest rates to respond to that, and that will be in the back of their mind —— they will want room for manoeuvre to reduce. that presumably is the reason why they feel that the time is coming quite soon to raise interest rates sooner and faster than possibly thought, because of inflation? inflation is the directory is because they have got to keep inflation at around 2%, but it is up 3% at the moment and they have got to bring it down. every time mark carney has got to explain
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why he's not doing his duty to keep interest rates at the 2% target but there is more thanjust interest rates at the 2% target but there is more than just saying this is the time for interest rate rises. the conditions are good in the global economy and this is the time, fixing the roof while the sun is shining, to do things. we have heard that they are going full steam ahead in terms of the global country, but the british economy is lagging behind? yes, britain is the slowest growing of the g7 economies and the upgraded projections for this year is below what is expected elsewhere. thanks forjoining us. the headlines on bbc news: hospital a&e‘s in england record one of their worst ever
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waiting times last month, with a thousand patients trapped on trolleys for more than 12 hours adding to the problems in hospitals — a report finds social care is being undermined by a lack of government planning and funding. one in five people working in parliament have experienced sexual harassment in the past year , a new code of conduct aims to tackle the issue. sport now, and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. good evening. there's been a big blow for the british team at the winter olympics. snowbaorder katie 0rmerod was targetting two medals at the winter olympics that officially start tomorrow. she was taking part in the big air and slopestyle events but two training accidents over the past 2a hours means that she has had to pull out of the games. she is out with a fractured here
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when she will have surgery, and there are the pictures of her in hospital. it has been a difficult time for her, she suffered a fall in training, she had a scan on thursday and the scant revealed the severity of the injury and this comes 24—hour is after she suffered a wrist fracture as well. she posted pictures on social made you, saying she was intent on competing —— social media. she went back to training and suffered another fall and afford another injury. she's a talented snowboarder who a chance of winning a medal, she won a bronze medal at one event and another, and also gold at a world cup event, last, but now because of these injuries she won't have the opportunity to win an olympic medal —— last year. west brom strikerjay rodriguez has been charged by the fa with alleged
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racial abuse of brighton defender gaetan bong. cameroon international bong claimed the incident took place during west brom's 2—0 win at the hawthorns on 13 january. west brom say they will "fully support" the england international, who has until 16 february to respond to the football association. the tottenham head coach mauricio pochettino thinks the football association needs to make a call on the state of rochdale's pitch ahead of their tie in the fifth round of the fa cup later this month. it certainly is a state — one half of it appears to be completely devoid of grass and more like a sand—pit.
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rochdale's fourth round replay against millwall two night's ago was allowed to go ahead despite their previous two home games being postponed. spurs are due to play the league one side there a week on sunday if it is like i saw in the pictures, identity can play football, not because we are tottenham —— i don't think we can buy football. i don't rochdale can play there, as well. maybe the fa cup needs to take a very good decision for football. after their heavy defeat to wales on the opening weekend of the six nations, scotland have made six changes to their line—up for sunday's game against france at murrayfield. former captain greig laidlaw was on the bench in cardiff but he'll start in place of ali price who was scrum—half against the welsh. the experienced sean maitland and ryan wilson also return. there's a lot of experience, he has been the captain for a couple of
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seasons and he drives a lot of the standards on and off the field so having him back as a positive and seeing him play so well and being desperate to be back in the squad and the team, we should get his experience on the field which should help others around him. jonathan joseph will start for england in their game against wales at twickenham. he comes in at outside centre, with ben te'o dropping to the bench. and danny care replaces the injured ben youngs at scrum half. and a few changes for ireland, as well. britain's mark cavendish apologised to his teamates after failing to make an impact in yesterday's sprint finish but he won stage three at the tour of dubai. the dimension data rider held off attacks from nacer bouhanni and marcel kittel. it's his first stage win of the year. he's third overall with two stages to go, behind leader dylan grerner vaygen.
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britain's adam blythe finished fourth for aqua blue sport. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in sportsday at 1030pm. now two other news. the japanese ambassador has warned that japanese firms in the uk are worried about access to the eu after brexit. afterjoining the prime minister in downing street for a meeting with japanese business leaders, he warned no firm would be able to continue to operate here if they're not profitable
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because of brexit trade barriers. meanwhile, the brexit secretary, david davis has strongly criticised the european union's latest negotiating statement as discourteous, unwise, and not in good faith. the eu has published plans that would allow it to punish the uk during a transition period — without going to the european court of justice. during that period, around two years or so, britain would have no input into brussels decision making. iain watson is at westminster for us. there has been a meeting for a few days trying to thrash out the future relationship and ministers are staying tight—lipped ? relationship and ministers are staying tight-lipped? david davis said something about it, he said they were constructive and productive, but that is the size of it. we are no clearer about the endgame, the final asian ship that we would want to have with the european union after the transition
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period —— the final relationship. ministers have spoken about the cabin having some kind of away day to discuss this further —— cabinet. at the moment minds are concentrated on getting the agreement on the transition period of two years after brexit. the government have said they are confident of getting that deal but the temperature has been ratcheting up since yesterday when the european commission decided to suggest that britain could lose access in pa rt suggest that britain could lose access in part to the single market if it didn't implement new eu rules and that was met by a broad from david davis today, using very —— broadside from david davis today, using very undiplomatic language for ididn't using very undiplomatic language for i didn't think that was a good
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document, but it was a political document, but it was a political document, andl document, but it was a political document, and i did not think it was in good faith to publish a document with frankly discourteous language and actually implying that they could arbitrarily terminate in fact the implementation period which is not what the aim of the exercise is and we think it was unwise to publish that. support from banning —— downing street, they thought it was also unwise to use icon of language, but will be a press conference from michel barnier and we was if he responds in kind —— to use that kind of language was not olive branch from the european parliament tonight, trying to reassure the british government that there is no scope at all for introducing new rules in any case in
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the transition period. thanks for joining us. the latest superhero film from marvel has its european premiere tonight in london, but what makes it different is its all—black cast of actors playing the heroes. the film's created a huge buzz on social media with many fans using the hashtag ‘what black panther means to me' to highlight its significance for black audiences. lizo mzimba reports. the free cinema trip would have been welcome enough for these american schoolchildren, their sheerjoy is because the movie is black panther. such is the film's significance, people around the world are crowd sourcing money to give black children in particular the opportunity to watch it on the big screen. people like this actress from peckham in london, she has so far raised around £11,000. i think it's just a film
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you don't really see, you don't see black superheroes in the big blockbusters. the positive representation is good for people growing up in this area but i think all over the world. black panther is being seen as a cultural milestone. a predominantly black cast leading a big budget blockbuster. don't freeze. people making it a reality for kids who maybe wouldn't be able to go to the movies and experience it, i think it is beautiful, man. it's the kind of film many have been waiting decades for hollywood to make, not only a host of black role models but also strong female characters at its heart. black panther is a moment and hopefully it's one... it will obviously exist for long after this particular moment. we want the momentum to keep going.
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i don't think it is black panther‘s responsibility to change the world. how important was it for you making sure this was primarily a piece of entertainment, even with this huge amount of social responsibility that was inevitably going to come into the equation? that's what it is. it's not a political lecture, you know what i mean? it's a movie. it's got to work as that. and that is a movie expected to have one of the biggest openings ever, and more importantly, show others in the film world how lucrative diversity on screen can be in the 21st—century. we can speak to evan narcisse, the writer of the rise of black panther, the marvel comics. can you give us a taste of the level of excitement that this film is generating? it is crazy. you know,
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every week, people are asking me how much money and experience and attention is being driven at this movie and i don't have the metrics to frame a reference, to be able to talk about it because i've never seen anything like this in my life. i've worked around pop culture my entire career. it is not about the money but to show that diversity on screen can be lucrative, that is going to be important? yeah. hollywood's favourite colour is green. as long as a film like this is profitable and it seems to be, that will be very important to the people who have the decision—making power at the major studios. difficult question to answer, but
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why has it taken so long? hollywood is known for being very white and male but why has it taken so long for this kind of made the breakthrough is the right word? —— may be. there have been attempts, wesley sneijder in blade, a decade ago —— wesley snipes. and smaller things, as well, but this level of commitment from a major studio happens slowly because these kind of films tend to be driven by committee and they are very conservative in their decision—making. and there are these ideas about black audiences not coming out and not showing up in numbers to make this profitable and also black leeds and black creative visions not doing well internationally, what we are had su ccesses internationally, what we are had successes recently —— but we have
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had successes recently. this kind of idea takes awhile to be eroded. ai a i tweeted about this earlier today. i have been a comic book nerd, now i am a creator, i remember seeing the 1978 superman mo i have with christopher reeva in the theatre. that music comes to my head, i go back to being six, what i meant to see that movie was, seeing a person be good, to the utmost helping people, self sacrificing, being a hero, and for the children that are seeing this movie, in this weekend for you guy, next weekend for us, that is going to be their
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imprint. black children have generally not had that kind of aspirationalfilm to generally not had that kind of aspirational film to look at in a science fiction super hee row way. they are modern myth, they tell us about human nature, how best with can treat each other and how poorly we can treat each other, these are important for them to see. that is one of the reasons people are so excited and why this will have a huge impact. it looks like it will bea huge impact. it looks like it will be a roaring success, thank you for joining us. thank you for having me. matt has the weather. it is the turn of scotland and northern ireland to have the frost tonight, for england and wales we have a spell of wet weather pushing across the countries and with it strong and gusty winds. as they clears and temperatures drop, it will be an ice risk round into the rush hour tomorrow. tonight, rain spreading eastwards across england and wales, heavy bursts as well, particularly in the hills in the
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west. gale force gusts of wind. clearer skies in its wake, there will be rain, hail sleet and snow, in between clearer skieses, the frost and icy conditions round for friday morning rush hour, so it could be slippery to start the day. wet start for those in the far east. rain, hailand sleet wet start for those in the far east. rain, hail and sleet pushing across england and waleses in the morning. and then, sunny spells and a few sleet and snow showers continue into scotla nd sleet and snow showers continue into scotland and northern ireland for the second half of the day. many dry and bright but overall a colder feeling day than is this is bbc news, our latest headlines. hospital a&es in england record one of their worst ever waiting times last month, with 1,000 patients trapped on trolleys for more than 12 hours despite the mass cancellation of routine treatments to ease pressure. adding to the problems in hospitals, a report finds social care
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is being undermined by a lack of government planning and funding. cuts in council tax, and the difficulty of retaining highly qualified staff, are causing extra strain. one in five people working in parliament have experienced sexual harassment in the past year, a new code of conduct aims to tackle the issue. plastic pollution has reached the arctic. scientists warn the contamination threatens wildlife in the pristine wilderness, with tiny fragments of plastic found in sea ice. let's return now to the problems facing social care, revealed in a national audit office report. cuts in council tax, and the difficulty of retaining highly qualified staff, are causing extra strains and stresses as demand for services grows. figures from the national audit office says that there are 1.34 millionjobs in social care in england.
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the statistics also show that, 6.6% of posts across the country are unfilled. 28% of workers leave theirjobs each year. and there are 8,000 fewer social care nurses than four years ago. joining me now is ryan godwin, owner of holme manor care home in the rossendale valley in lancashire. in the morning. is thank you forjoining us this evening. can you explain to us, the problems that you have experienced, in this field, particularly with recruiting and retaining staff? the great problem they have is the image that the industry has, i think presently and certainly for the last couple of years now, because co nsta ntly couple of years now, because constantly the care industry rather sadly has been used like a political football. everyone suggests a problem but there doesn't seem to be
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any immediate solution to the problems of chronic long—term underfunding, we are suffering from today. so when you are trying to attract staff, to come and work for you, what kind of staff are you looking for, what kind of qualifications do they need, what qualities do they need? when i started in the industry several yearsing a, for example someone could start with very little knowledge of the care industry, because there was a very basic, i would think, basic maybe isn't the right word, you know, but an entry level where somebody could pick up a lot of the skills with training with a competent structured programme, somebody could get the hang of care andjoin in and somebody could get the hang of care and join in and become proficient over a period of time. experience of course is a great teacher if you can understand that. i think today, one of the problems we face put more
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predominantly would be the fact there are so many rules and regulations and so much knowledge to have, that now i'm looking for someone with experience to join the team, whereas before that wouldn't necessarily be the case. and pay presumably is a factors because you then would have to pay someone with that kind of managerial experience more? if you expect someone to. come to you with experience, and also a history within the care industry, then their pay grade would naturally have to reflect their expertise and the time in practise, and the qualifications they may have acquired along the way, in care practise for example, yes. 0k, we must leave it there, thank you for joining us with your experience. my pleasure. a university student who died in an incident involving a barrier outside a durham nightclub has been named as 0livia burt. emergency services were called
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to the nightclub just before midnight last night after reports that a woman had been crushed by a barrier whilst queuing to get into the bar. durham university says it's extremely shocked and saddened by the 20 year old's death. an inquest has found that a series of failures including "a missed opportunity to provide potentially life saving early intervention" contributed to the death of a 33 year man from constipation. richard handley died in ipswich hospital in november 2012 following an operation to remove matter from his abdomen. coroner dr peter dean said there were "gross failures" in spotting mr handley was in a critical state with complications after the operation. the hospital trust has apologised to the family and said lessons had been learned. back to westminster the effort to crackdown on bullying and sexual harassment of those working in parliament. mps could lose their
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seats under a new code of conduct, along with an independent complaints procedure. this report from alex forsyth contains flash photography. this report from alex forsyth contains flash photography. in the bars and backrooms of westminster, claims of bullying, intimidation, sexual harassment, allegations that prompted investigations and some resignations. and reflection on how to change a culture that allowed abuse. the leader of the house, lord president of the council. today, mps from all parties unveiled their plans. it is a right, not a privilege, to be treated with dignity and respect at work, and this ambitious report is a major step towards a safer and more professional environment. part of the problem had been those working here are often employed directly by mps, with only political parties to complain to. so this report proposes a new code of behaviour for everyone working in parliament and a new complaints and investigation system, independent of political parties. and there will be sanctions for inappropriate behaviour, anything from an apology to a possible suspension. in the worst cases, mps could face a public vote to keep
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seats, not under new rules but using existing ones. there are some questions about the fact complaints will be kept anonymous but broadly, the report has been welcomed, beyond the detail, some are worried this alone will not bring about the change in culture that is really needed. damian green was one of those accused of inappropriate behaviour which he has always denied. his accuser says that today's report is a welcome step but a bigger shift is needed. you cannot make people take things seriously unless there is a serious culture change. that concerns me in parliament. there is still a lot of mps who don't understand why behaviour they have been getting away with for 20 years, people are suddenly noticing and complaining about, that is the problem. the focus on this shadowy issue might have started the process of change, but most recognise there
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is still a long way to go. there is shocking new evidence of plastic rubbish contaminating even the remotest ends of the earth — the pristine wilderness of the arctic. animals are becoming ensnared in plastic waste, while scientists say there are far more plastic particles in one litre of sea ice than in open water. they say they've found plastic pollution almost everywhere they've looked in the arctic ocean. 0ur environment analyst roger harrabin has been to tromso in the norwegian arctic to see for himself. plastic pollution has reached the furthest corners of the planet. arctic sea ice is created when sea freezes. it looks pristine but it definitely is not. in fact, ice cores show sea ice contains more fragments of plastic per square metre than anywhere else in the open ocean. it's because sea ice freezes
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from the top and that's exactly where the plastic bits are floating. 0ne litre of melted sea ice contained 234 plastic fragments like these. we have a situation in the world now that there is nowhere that's so far away that it's not affected by plastic waste. there's plastic on the beaches too. this local conservationist is trying forlornly to clear it up. here's what plastic does. this reindeer‘s antlers were trapped by a discarded fishing net, it died. this arctic tern met its death by starvation. this polar bear was tangled in another fishing net. we try to sell this as arctic and christine and untouched, and it looks that way on pictures,
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but once you get here and you start to walk along the coastline, you get completely other picture. the plastic is here with a vengeance. i have collected this waste in just a few seconds. some of the fragments may come from norway, some clearly don't — like this elaborate bottle for instance, or this butter tub from spain. scientists say fishing crews have caused most of the plastic pollution here. we have for years, for decades, been collecting all the garbage that we produce on—board into big waste bags, big bags, then compressing it and taking it to shore. so where this comes from today, i'm not sure of. the fishermen say they have stopped dumping lengths of rope into the ocean, but look at that. it's clearly been deliberately cut. so sad. so's that.
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arctic scientists don't know yet whether the plastic tide will affect local fish stocks, but it is another human threat to a fragile environment, already being transformed by man—made climate change. roger harribgan, bbc news, in the norwegian arctic. are in washington to hear evidence from tech firms on what they are doing to tackle the problem. take for example this picture of a woman, which was taken during the westminster attack last year. a twitter stream generated by a contains flash photography. are in washington to hear evidence from tech firms on what they are doing to tackle the problem. take for example this picture of a woman, which was taken during the westminster attack last year. a twitter stream generated by a fake russian account tweeted "muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack. casually walks by a dying man while checking phone." in fact the a picture was taken out of context the a picture was taken out of co ntext a nd the a picture was taken out of context and twitter later shut down the account. the firefighters at paddington red watch were some of the first on the scene at the grenfell tower fire lastjune , working through the night to save as many people as they could. now nine of them have decided to run
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the london marathon, in full firefighters kit and breathing apparatus sets, to raise money for the victims and their families. sophie raworth, a keen marathon runner herself, went to meet them. how is that possible? at that time of night, the roads were clear so literally two to three minutes before we got there. we could see it was well alight and we, yeah, just tried to get people out basically. it was something that, in my 23 years of service, i hadn't seen before, but we had a job to do. 71 people died that night. the fire crews, who repeatedly queued up to go into the burning tower, managed to save the lives of 65 others.


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