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in the first two weeks a lot of it was practical things, getting people medication, helping them find their hospital appointment dates again. directing them to services, so signposting them where to get new passports, where to get new nhs cards, etc. but over the last two weeks it has been more i think about mental health, emotional well—being and helping people sleep, helping people provide an open space for them to talk about some of the things that they have experienced. and some of those that perhaps have not been in the surgery, sadly some of them may have died in the fire, others you simply have not been able to get hold of? correct, yes. access has been a problem throughout, both for my practice and also other gps in the area. a lot of people had not updated their contact details. it has taken, because of the process of identifying bodies, it has taken quite an unusually long amount of time for formal death notifications to come through. so for a lot of people we have not been able to contact them, we had not been sure if they're alive well or deceased. and four weeks on, for our own practice we had 21
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patients in the tower. they were up until today, two of them when you were alive and well and we still had not been able to contact because their information was incorrect and their next of kin details were not correct. and we have onlyjust managed to do that, one month on. so this has been a real challenge for everyone. one month on, do you believe then that the local authorities, the council, have not been swift enough in sorting practical things out like getting to gp services and getting them the information they need in order to help people? yes, so the response the nhs launched was actually very good and started very early, from the very day of the fire there was a doctor and nurse presence in the rescue centres and that has been maintained up until this week when it was slowly taken away at the westway centre. also very quickly within the first few days the mental health team had a single point of access telephone number, there was an algorithm that was shared with gps. so from that point of view i do think we have made efforts and i've
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seen first—hand patients that have benefited from that but i do think probably there is a little bit more that we could do. and i probably my advice and request of the current grenfell team that are looking after this is that i actually think every grenfell survivor needs a home visit. from a kind of dedicated team that would comprise of a social worker, plus a doctor or nurse. each one needs to be visited to assess how they're doing and what their needs are. speaking to grenfell tower residents, a lot of them now feel quite isolated, they feel quite vulnerable and to an extent they feel a little bit forgotten because even on a good day, because of the socioeconomic deprivation, i think these people have obstacles to accessing care. and now they are dispersed, they isolated, they're far away from their usual community, i think it is even harderfor them to access that and i think the best way to help them is going to be taking the services to them. king felipe of spain has spoken of his confidence that the governments of madrid
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and london can overcome their differences to reach an agreement over gibraltar. the king was addressing mps and peers in the palace of westminster this afternoon on the first day of a 3 day visit to britain. the visit is being seen by the government as an opportunity to forge closer ties with spain as the uk prepares to leave the eu. earlier, this morning, the queen and prince philip greeted the spanish royals at horseguards parade where king felipe and prince philip inspected a guard of honour from the irish guards before taking a ceremonial ride in an open top carriage up the mall to buckingham palace. lets just listen to what he had to say about the controversial debate over gibraltar and citizens‘ rights after brexit. during our rich and fruitful history, there have been estrangement and rivalries. but the work and determination of our governments, authorities and citizens have relegated such events
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to the past. i am certain that this resolve to ove i’co m e to the past. i am certain that this resolve to overcome oui’ to the past. i am certain that this resolve to overcome our differences will be even greater in the case of gibraltar. and i'm confident that through the necessary dialogue and dialogue, our two governments will be able to work out arrangements that are acceptable to all involved. we must particularly bear in mind the thousands of britons and spaniards who live in each of our nations, who form a sound foundation for our relations. these citizens have a legitimate expectation of decent and stable living conditions for themselves and for their families. i therefore urge our two governments to continue working to ensure that the agreement on the uk withdrawal from the eu ensure that the agreement on the uk withdrawalfrom the eu provides sufficient assurance uncertainty.
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king felipe speaking earlier. joining me now is professor richard whitman, associate fellow with the europe programme at chatham house. thank you for being with us. i don't know if you heard what king felipe said but he says he is confident the situation can be sorted out on brexit, over the relationship between madrid, london and gibraltar. are you confident it will be? britain and spain have had pretty good relations over the last decade. i think one other thing the british government is relying on is really seeing, have been thinking about spain as an ally in brexit negotiations. there is obviously the difficult issue of gibraltar but i think spain is a sympathetic and understanding government in comparison perhaps to the french government. what are the underlying
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tensions that may exist now between london and madrid, apart from gibraltar, once britain leaves the european union? i think the sources of tension, first of all, significant spanish investments in the uk, such as sand and the investment. i think the spanish government would not want to see anything jeopardise the position of spanish companies in the uk. there is obviously also the issue of citizenship of spanish nationals who are citizenship of spanish nationals who a re less citizenship of spanish nationals who are less numerous of course and british nationals resident in spain. that is another key issue. the issue of gibraltar, not as a sovereignty issue but how gibraltar fits in of gibraltar, not as a sovereignty issue but how gibraltarfits in in relationship to the single market rather than a question of sovereignty and control. is there a sense from the spanish as well that with britain leaving the european union, there may be too much of an
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emphasis now on france and germany, perhaps ruling the roost? i think that's an important point. one of the things that potentially happens with brexit is that you lose a big player in the case of the uk and already, the french and german governments have been starting to make noises about their plans for the future of the european union. spain is one of those countries that has looked that the uk as an ally to balance against that potential franco— german leadership within the eu. that is one of the things the uk will press on and stress quite a lot that particularly on the financial side, is important. this is one reason why the eu and the uk should remain friendly. with the close relationship between the countries, whether through trade or tourism, spanish businesses being here and british businesses being over there,
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this is an important relationship that needs to end —— in due beyond brexit. it does and an interesting question for spain and the uk is what is the bilateral relationship look like once the uk is outside the eu? britain and spain have shared interests, for example, both members of nato, both worried about the immigration crisis in the mediterranean. lots of issues they do share. neither of them will entirely control the way brexit negotiations will unfold in the way other issues such as gibraltar that come into play in a way that really is to the disadvantage of the bilateral relationship. thank you. the parents of the terminally ill baby charlie gard will return to the high court tomorrow as their legal battle to allow him to be given an experimental
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treatment abroad continues. at the centre of that case is the question — who decides what is in the best interests of a desperately ill child — his parents or doctors, and how far you should go to maintain life? in a completely separate case branwenjeffreys has been speaking to the mother of a seriously ill 10—year—old girl who is facing an agonising dilemma. she contacted the bbc because she wanted to tell her story. for ten years, juliet has cared for her daughter. all her life, rose has been in and out of hospital. she is blind, can't move, her brain isn't fully developed. she's suffered frequent seizures since she was a baby. it is so distressing to actually watch even though i've seen it so many times. i've laid next her to see what's happening and i can feel her body just continuously going. and i can only begin to imagine what it would be like if that was me
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and how i would feel and if i can't say, "this really hurts". rose appears to suffer distress, there is no name for what causes this, but she can hear and be comforted by touch. there have been better times but earlier this year, rose was seriously ill. her mum now wants doctors to consider if she should be allowed to die. the best solution in my heart, would be that if rose is going to continue suffering like she is suffering now, her future is going to be very limited, quality of life, then the kindest thing we can do right now is to withdraw things that are keeping her alive, which is her medications, herfluids, because she is now fed through a tube. rose is on various medications, tube feeding has the same legal status. it is counted as
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life—sustaining treatment. it's a dilemma no parent wants to face. how do you balance the right to life against the fear that more treatment simply means more suffering? quite simply, it's the child's interests that have to be put first in a case like this. juliet is rose's main carer as well as her mum, but she may not have the final say. doctors use guidelines to help decide on a child's best interests. every single case has to be looked at in terms of the quality of life for that individual child. it is something that people, medical professionals and obviously parents and carers, spend a lot of time thinking about and really considering in depth. what about the need to protect the life of every disabled child, to do everything we can to keep them
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alive, to keep them well? this is not about the fact that rose is disabled, whether she has the brain of a baby, being in the wheelchair, being blind, none of that is an issue. this is about the complexities of her medical needs and the day—to—day suffering and the future, potential suffering. rose is being assessed by another team of doctors to help future decisions about what is best for her. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. time for a look at the weather with tomasz shafernaker. it's been a beautiful day across the country today. take a look at this picture. absolutely stunning. like twins as well, that water is like
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class. also improved across the south of the country. for most of us, afine south of the country. for most of us, a fine day, a bit of fair weather cloud. temperatures staying down and into tomorrow. quite chilly in the countryside. city centre temperature probably lowest around 10 degrees but in rural spots, it could be even down to five but that is way outside of towns. across the north west tomorrow, clouds increasing a bit, might be some showers getting into northern ireland and western scotland. possibly a few showers across central areas. on the whole, another fine day. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm... a month after the grenfell fire, the bbc has learned that residents were still being told to stay put in their flats almost two hours after the fire broke out. within 15 mins the whole building caught fire,
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after two hours it's too late. police release new footage from inside the tower block as the search for victims goes on. all i can say is please be patient, we are doing our utmost best for you and we are working as hard as we can. my teams can't work any harder. donald trump defends his son as open, transparent and innocent after the revelation that donald jnr met a russian lawyer during last year's election campaign. at the supreme court, a man who's gay has won the same
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