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this is bbc news. i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 1: theresa may promises a £20 billion a year real terms increase to the nhs in england by 2023. labour says it is not enough. we're making the nhs our priority, we're putting a significant amount of extra money into it. we need to make sure that money is spent wisely. we're saying you can go further and if the government made the taxation changes we are prepared to make, you could be giving even more to the nhs. calls for a change in the law after the home office allows a boy with severe epilepsy to be treated with an illegal form of cannabis oil. the first of hundreds of migrants who've been the focus of a european dispute over immigration arrive in spain, more than a week after being rescued. and this is the scene live as the aquarius, those on board have begun to
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disembark before being processed by the spanish authorities. also to come, germany's world cup campaign begins this afternoon against mexico. looking to be the first country since brazil to win back—to—back tournaments. and brazil, the favourites to win the competition this time round, play their first game of the tournament. cleaning up thailand's beaches, and the travel show on bbc news in half an hour. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may has announced new funding for the nhs in england. it will mean an extra £20 billion a year by the end of a five year plan. ina bbc in a bbc interview today, the prime minister said some of the money
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would come from savings made when britain stops paying into the eu budget and also suggested the rest would have to come from higher taxation. labour says the government was relying on hypothetical windfall. 0ur health correspondent for the minute queues reports. as the pressure on the nhs has grown, so too have calls for more money for the health service. finally, after weeks of tough talks in whitehall, the prime minister has revealed the nhs budget will grow — paid for partly by the so—called "brexit dividend", but also possibly higher taxes. at the moment, as a member of the european union, every year we send significant amounts of money — we spend significant amounts of money — on our subscription, if you like, to the eu. when we leave, we won't be doing that. so the question is timing, isn't it? it's right that we use that money to spend on our priorities. and the nhs is our number one priority. absolutely. the new plan for nhs england covers the next five years. it will involve average annual increases of 3.4% in real terms. the budget for day—to—day
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running costs is around £115 billion this year. under the plan, there will be £20 billion more by 2023. but the independent institute for fiscal studies says the public finances will not benefit from any brexit dividend, and labour argues the increase falls short of what is needed. they told us they're going to pay for it from a brexit dividend. we don't really know what that means, because we don't know what the deal is going to be and what the overall effect on the economy is going to be. and, actually, whether brexit is going to end up costing us a great deal of money, or whether we construct the sort of deal that would do us some good. and across the nhs there's a feeling this settlement is onlyjust enough to keep pace with rising demand. it does fall short of the independent assessment that we've had done, which suggests we need 4% a year. this is only going to be 3.4%. so, it is a good step forward, but we're still going to have to make hard choices at the end of the day. scotland, wales and northern ireland will also get extra funds,
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but the devolved administrations will decide how they're spent. this announcement leaves some big questions unanswered, not least the funding of social care, which has such a profound impact on the health service. without those details, there are no guarantees even this extra money will significantly ease the long—term pressures on the nhs. dominic hughes, bbc news. chris hopson is here, chief executive of nhs providers, what do you make of the announcement?‘ significant increase for the nhs. the prime minister and the chancellor said they want to give the nhs more money, which has happened. what we need to focus on is what the nhs can deliver for that money. i think we need to be realistic about what can be delivered. if i can give you one statistic, the experts are saying the nhs over the next five years would need an increase of 3.3%, just
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to keep pace with growing demand. this is an increase on average of 3.4%. so there are still going to be some quite difficult choices about priorities. you would say this is standing still and not necessarily making the nhs bigger and better?m depends how you want to make the comparison is, if you want to make it across other public services, or the amount that has been put in the nhs over the last ten years, this is a very significant increase and a big step forward. 0n the other hand, if you want to make comparisons to what the nhs needs and the longer term funding increase, between 1948 and today has been 3.7%, then clearly you get a different perspective if you look at it that way. where did those tough choices within the nhs still light? three or four things we'd point, the first there are clearly are some gaps that have opened up over the last decade of austerity. we need to fill those.
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we are not meeting the nhs constitutional performance standards in the way we should do. we know we need to employ more staff to cope with that increase in demand. also, today's newspapers are rightly followed some big ambitions about we should have cancer outcomes that are the same as france and germany, but if you try and put all of those together on a funding increase of 3.4%, it is a bit of a stretch. i think, as you know, what now happens is the nhs is going to do a detailed plan but as i said, it will have to make some hard choices as part of that plan. if it follows the route that plan. if it follows the route that says this still isn't enough to go forward, rather than standstill, then that requires someone to sell to the british public, you have to pay more tax? clearly, that's one of the reasons why it is right there should be some bold ambitions expressed about how we want to improve nhs services. if you want to look on the other side of the coin, we need to be realistic about where
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we need to be realistic about where we currently are. nobody in the nhs is happy with the fact that each of the last three years, we have missed every single one of our major targets on, for example, waiting lists for surgery, people being seen within the dry period of time, accident and emergency departments, ambulance journeys, they have accident and emergency departments, ambulancejourneys, they have been missed in a way that no one in the nhs wants. so there is a gap to fill. what would be great if if we could kind of do both, so we can fill the gap and also deliver bold ambitions, but that's what the next six months is about, created a detailed plan that will be published around the time of the budget. 0k, thank you chris hopson for coming in. a rescue ship which picked up hundreds of migrants off the coast of libya and sparked a diplomatic i’ow of libya and sparked a diplomatic row has arrived in spain. it was turned away by italy and malta and
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has now docked at valencia. damian grammaticus reports. sunrise, and the private rescue ship the aquarius and its convoy were finally nearing a welcoming port. spain and valencia, coming into sight. a european country, prepared to take them in. the 630 people who were on the aquarius have been at sea since they were picked up off the coast of libya over a week ago. behind them, a journey of more than 1000 miles, halfway across the mediterranean after italy and malta refused them entry. the aquarius had reignited a european—wide debate about migration. by welcoming the ship, spain hopes to change the terms of the argument. by taking in this ship, spain's new socialist government wants to demonstrate what a new type of migration policy for europe can look like. 0ne it says where it's both possible to control your borders and respect human rights. that's why it's going to give every person on these ships a hearing for their asylum applications.
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we thank the spanish government for welcoming people in need, at times when many others are rejecting them or turning them away. this is what we need in these times, an expression of solidarity, an expression of support an expression humanity. more than 10,00 red cross volunteers were waiting on the quayside, along with doctors and immigration officials. spain will give the new arrivals permits to stay for 45 days, free medical treatment and the opportunity to make their asylum claims. italy, meanwhile, says it is closing its ports to private rescue boats. but doctors without borders, who operate the aquarius say saving lives will come first. europe's arguments about migration are taking centre stage once more, and the divisions are deeper than ever. damian grammaticas, bbc news, valencia. sajid javid, has revealed he was the victim
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of a moped mugging a few years ago. before he became home secretary. he said he had his phone snatched outside euston station. he said the theft left him angry and upset. he says he is looking how give officers more powers to chase mopeds feeds. greece and macedonia have signed a historic agreement aimed at ending decades of dispute about macedonia's name. under the deal, greece's neighbour will be known as north macedonia — the change is to distinguish it from the greek province of macedonia. athens has long argued that by using that name, its neighbour was implying it had a claim to the greek region, although protests are currently taking place in greece by people unhappy with the deal. earlier i spoke to our balkans correspondent and asked him how much this matters to the greeks. well, the greeks say, the greek prime minister alexis tsipras said at this signing ceremony, "we are here to heal the wounds of time, to open a path for peace, fraternisation and growth for our
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countries, the balkans and europe". it's very important for prime minister alexis tsipras in greece because he really wants this to be a signature of his time in office. so far, he's been associated in greece with austerity and grim times. he wants to go down in history as the man who solved a 30 year dispute. it has to be said, though, a lot of his compatriots don't agree with what he's done. they say that macedonia is a greek province, populated by hellenic people, whereas macedonia, the country to the north, is populated by mainly slavic people and shouldn't have any rights to the name, because, guess what? they've only been there since the sixth century. right, in macedonia the country, what's the view of this? it's just a bit tricky remembering which macedonia is which! chuckles. yes, it is. i think you will find most people are in favour of this agreeement. just to take an example, 70% of macedonians want to join the european union.
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now, they can't even start negotiations because greece has been blocking accession talks over the issue of the name. now if they've got this agreement they are going to be north macedonia, they can start accession negotiations. we saw the eu foreign policy chief, federica mogherini, was in the audience at the signing ceremony, beaming away. she's looking forward to macedonia starting these negotiations and so, i think, are 70% of macedonia's people. there will be some objections, but the majority, i think you'll find, at a referendum, will be in favour. experts now fear it may not be possible to save the world famous glasgow school of art following the huge fire that devastated the flight on friday. fire crews spent eight recognised at the scene tackling the final pockets of the blaze, the second fire there in four years. our correspondent has been at the scene talking to the emergency services.
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you will see there is still very much a lot of activity here, still fighting, still in firefighting mode as the firefighters say. tell us what exactly is happening now, is there still burning in there? good morning. first of all i would like to echo the words of the first minister yesterday. this is heartbreaking, to see such devastation of such an iconic building. we are still very much in a phase at this moment in time. there are still pockets of fire, our cruise, they are turning over and damping down, to make sure there is fio damping down, to make sure there is no possibility of the fire flaring up no possibility of the fire flaring up and threatening any other properties within the vicinity. we have heard all the suggestions that might not be restorable this time, what do you feel about that? are you anywhere near to being able to say that? we are still in the very early stages of tackling this incident. we've established a fire
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investigation team on the full facts and circumstances, they will welcome back as we go through this week. i really wa nt back as we go through this week. i really want to, at this stage, emphasises has been a very difficult fire. the firefighters have been, as always, outstanding. supported by their colleagues in control but also i need to shout out to our partners police gottman, scotland ambulance service, the salvation army and the people and businesses of glasgow, who have offered up their support to us. who have offered up their support to us. it is really heartfelt from them and appreciated by our firefighters. there is concern is for the structural safety of the building. is it likely to need anything demolished sooner rather than later, anything particularly unsafe at the moment? this is a heartbreaking incident and if we could take any solace from it, there has been no injuries. what we want absolutely avoid at this stage is for anyone to be injured. we are being very cautious, working with our partners in glasgow city council building control, we have structural engineers advising us as we continue
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with the firefighting phase of this operation. thank you very much indeed for speaking to us. as you can see, the investigation is ongoing. it will be several weeks probably before the building is safe enough forforensic probably before the building is safe enough for forensic investigators to be able to get in and around that building to find out exactly what happened here on friday night. that was katrina renton in glasgow. time for the headlines on bbc news. the prime minister promises a £20 billion a year in real terms increase to the nhs in england by 2023. labour says it is not enough and would more than match what the government is spending. there are calls for a change in the lords after the home office allows a boy with severe epilepsy to be treated with severe epilepsy to be treated with an illegal form with severe epilepsy to be treated with an illegalform —— with severe epilepsy to be treated with an illegal form —— form with severe epilepsy to be treated with an illegalform —— form of cannabis oil. migrants rescued off the libyan coast have arrived in spain. it sparked a row between member states over who should i accept them. now time to catch up
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with the sport. good afternoon. england have begun theirjourney from their training base in reppino to volgograd in south west russia, where they'll play their opening world cup fixture tomorrow. they will make the 1,000 mile trip, with tunisia lying in wait. they'll also find significantly warmer tempartures down there — around 33 degrees, compared to the much cooller conditions at their base in the north on the gulf of finland. manager gareth southgate announced his team yesterday, it remians under wraps for the time being. if it's as expected, it will mean nine of the starting 11 have not played at a world cup before, and that would include defender harry mguire. —— harry maguire. there's no doubt about it. we are going to the game trying to get three points, we won't go there and be happy to come away with a draw. we want the three points.
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it's massive. the first game in any group stage is — being tournament football, you can't lose the first game. three points would make it a lot easier to qualify. some really interesting matches to come today. the first is under way, it's costa rica against serbia. and it's been a cracking encounter so far, with chances at both ends — the best of them falling to costa rica. later in the same group, it's brazil take on switzerland — and in between, the holders germany get their defence under way against mexico — that match is on bbc one. england number eight billy vunipola is returning to london today from south africa, after re—fracturing his right arm during yesterday's test defeat. he only returned to action in april, after four months out with the original break. it's one more thing for head coach eddiejones to worry about. after the match in bloemfontein, he had an ill—tempered exchange with a bbc reporter. chrisjones — no relation — asked eddie jones if selection was an issue.
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as you know, we've got 25 players sitting at home that aren't available for selection. these are the best players we have got and i am happy to work with these players. i think am happy to work with these players. ithink our am happy to work with these players. i think our coaching staff is doing a greatjob. i think our coaching staff is doing a great job. you also have a very large player pool, so not sure other countries would take availability of an excuse? i'm not using it as an excuse, i said there are 25 players not available, i'm working with the players i've got and i'm happy to do that. it is the first time with the english team you have been under pressure, how confident are you you can turn it around? 100% confident, can turn it around? 10096 confident, as often as you are aggressive. i'm just asking the questions. your nature is very aggressive. just asking the questions the fans want to hear at home. cape town? we have to hear at home. cape town? we have to plan welcomer fix the areas and get on with it. there is no magic solution here, chris. chris jones
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speaking to eddie jones following that serious defeat that england lost yesterday. scotland have lost to the united states for the first time. blair kinghorn had put the scots ahead with an early try in houston, but the usa then took the lead and after scotland scored a try in added time, kinghorn missed the conversion that would've won it for them. 30—29 it finished. that miss proving crucial. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's ben te'o build—up to the big matches to come, germany and brazil in action. you can follow costa rica against serbia at the moment, there is text commentary on the bbc sport website and you can listen to it on bbc radio five live as well. many thanks, john. campaigners are calling for medicinal cannabis to be made legally available in the uk, after the home secretary intervened to help a 12—year—old suffering from epilepsy. sajid javid granted billy caldwell the right to use cannabis oil, after he was admitted to hospital
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with extreme seizures. billy's mother says he has responded well overnight to treatment, and she is now asking for a meeting with mrjavid to try to help other children. simonjones reports. a family's fight that they hope will benefit notjust billy caldwell, but others like him. on monday, they flew back into britain with cannabis oil they'd bought in canada to treat his epilepsy, but it contained an ingredient banned here. the drug, which has kept his seizures under control for almost a year, was confiscated. days later, he was back in hospital. the home secretary has now intervened, allowing billy to use the oil, but his mother has this message for sajid javid. i'm not going anywhere until this is put in place and this medicine is made accessible to all these other children who desperately need it. i'm asking sajid to please... i want to request a meeting with him in london as as soon as possible, preferably tomorrow.
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i want to sit down with him in a dignified and democratic way. sajid javid, though, has not announced a change in the law. he said... but those who have been helping to care for billy caldwell believe mrjavid needs to go further. from here it is a ripple effect. this means to me that there is hope, for notjust billy, which is why this campaign is so important, because it's for all the families who need it. the family of six—year—old alfie dingley have appealed to the prime minister for the same access to cannabis treatment for his epilepsy, saying it would be cruel to delay it any further. some experts point out that the use of marijuana for medical conditions isn't always straightforward, and more trials are needed. billy has been granted a special 20—day licence for cannabis oil. what happens after that, and to others, is unclear. simon jones, bbc news.
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and now our guests is here to discuss getting drugs licenses here in the uk. what is a process, in normal circumstances? it normally involves a drug company making a specific product, so you know exactly what that one product has, what it contains and it is a consistent product all throughout the testing process. then you need to do different stages of clinical trials. they are usually quite costly a nd trials. they are usually quite costly and quite long. the first age normally involves a small group of healthy people just trying the new substance out, seeing what kind of side effects that are and they need to adjust the dose. the second stage, you need to try it out on the target population, so do people with that condition you are trying to treat. that is normally a smallish
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type study. they are large scale and ‘s millions and millions of pounds. if that works, you can use that data, submitted to a regulatory agency and then you could get your medicine licensed. and how long roughly are we talking? it normally ta kes yea rs, roughly are we talking? it normally takes years, and that if there is a drug company willing to invest the money in doing that. 0nce drug company willing to invest the money in doing that. once you have the data, it can take a few years also for the regulatory agencies to make a decision on that. yet this is this fast tracking option which can be taken in special circumstances, as has happened here? yes. the largest cannabis drug company is the uk gw pharmaceuticals. they have a drug which is a drug that has gone
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through all these stages of clinical trials may have submitted their data to the regulatory agencies in europe and the us and they are targeting very rare forms of paediatric epilepsy. regulatory agencies then give you special bonus for going after rare conditions, said that is why this drug is now being fast tracked. so normally a process that could take up to two years will take six months or a bit more than that. ifa drug six months or a bit more than that. if a drug has been fast tracked in circumstances such as this, doesn't have an influence on what will happen to the eventual licensing decision as and when it comes along? i don't think so, i think the licensing decision will be based on the clinical data, in terms of that it would be a judgment to see if the science matches up. if there is good enough evidence the backdrop to be licensed. 0k, we will leave it
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there, mr england, thank you. a team of volunteers are patrolling trains and stations with the aim of saving lives on the railways by preventing suicide attempts and fatalities. it was first introduced four years ago and there are now more than 100 operating across the country. the volunteers are trained by the samaritans on the british transport police. we have been speaking to one group in berkshire. there are several occasions where we have seen people who just look fed up, basically. the rai lpastors of berkshire. singers from hereford cathedral will make history later this month when they become the first anglican cathedral choir to sing at a papal mass since the reformation. the group that has been invited as part of the pope's programme to encourage church diversity. 0ur reporter went along to hear theirfinal church diversity. 0ur reporter went along to hear their final rehearsal before they went to rome. singing.
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after christmas and easter, the feast of st peter and paul is the vatican's most important annual event. singing. and now, for the first time, the hereford cathedral choir has been invited as special guests. they are rehearsing now in a pretty empty hereford cathedral, but in a few weeks' time they will be performing to more than 125,000 people at the vatican, and tens of millions will be watching on tv. it's such an amazing thing to do, because it's great fun and you get to sing in some amazing places. to all those thinking about it, i would do it. as long as we don't mess up, yeah, it's going to be fine! it's happening at the end ofjune, and there will be two performances. they are going to be singing at a concert in the sistine chapel itselfjointly with the choir of the sistine chapel. that's a concert attended by the diplomatic corps from the vatican.
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then on the friday morning we sing at the huge papal mass itself for the feast of st peter, and that's going to be in the square. the roman catholic and anglican churches haven't had the closest of relationships, but in recent years the vatican has been building bridges. the fact we've been invited speaks volumes of the roman catholics wanting to reach out to us, and we want to return their invitation by being really delighted in what we've been asked to do. the choir will perform on wednesday the 27th and friday the 29th ofjune. we are approaching 1:30pm. time to check on the weather prospects. a very good afternoon to you. a bit of a damp start on my neck of the woods
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but things brightened up pretty quickly. having said all of that, a lot of cloud across the british isles, properly thickest in northern ireland, bits and pieces of rain for the rest of the afternoon, and a chance across some western areas. 0ne chance across some western areas. one or two spots in the south have a fairamount of one or two spots in the south have a fair amount of cloud. further east, a better chance of staying dry. through the evening and overnight, pushing that figure band of cloud ever further towards the east. too late in the day, after dark, the skies are clear. temperatures when fall away very much, quite a close night in the south, 15 below in the london area. a dry enough style for all as they get into monday. the cloud thickens across these western areas yet again and again there is just a chance of a little bit of rain coming through. top temperature, and warmer one in the south—east, 25.
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