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this is bbc news. a report finds more than a50 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at gosport war memorial hospital. these horrifying, shameful, criminal actions need to be disclosed in the criminal court for a jury to decide and only then can we put our loved ones to rest. president trump has signed an executive order to change his immigration policy — designed to prevent children being separated from their parents at the mexican border. we are going to keep families together. i didn't like the site or the feeling of families being separated. the eu withdrawal bill can now become law, after the house of lords accepted the house of commons‘ decision not to give parliament the power to reject the final brexit deal. some british airways passengers have complained after their tickets were cancelled because the prices were too low. the airline said it sent some travel agents the incorrect fares, for flights to tel aviv and dubai.
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and ronaldo scores again for portugal to knock morocco out of the world cup. an official inquiry has found that hundreds of elderly patients at a hospital in hampshire died because of an ‘institutionalised regime‘ of over—prescribing powerful painkillers when there was no medicaljustification. the report into suspicious deaths at the gosport war memorial hospital between 1989 and 2000 found there was what the authors called a disregard for human life. it says there was an institutionalised regime of prescribing dangerous
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doses of drugs which were not clinicallyjustified. and when dealing with family members who raised concerns , the bereaved were consistently let down by those in authority. the health secretary has apologised and says criminal charges will now be considered as our health editor hugh pym reports. mourning a mother and a grandmother, ann and bridget looking across to gosport and reflecting on their loss nearly two decades ago. i thought she was in a safe place. being cared for. how wrong i was. and i have to live with that. shocking, absolutely shocking. her mother went to the hospital for rehabilitation after treatment for an infection.
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she died after four weeks. the family later discovered she had had huge doses of painkillers. those drugs, even in their individual states, let alone given together as a cocktail, were far too high in their dosage and we're talking about 100% too high. the report says more than 650 patients probably died at gosport war memorial hospital because opiods where prescribed for no medical reason. it says in the 1990s there was institutionalized practise of shortening lives. drjane barton, the clinical assistant, is named in the report as responsible for prescribing practise and was later disciplined by medical regulators. bishop james jones, who chaired the review, told me there was a collective failure at the hospital. these drugs that were prescribed were then administered by nurses who would have known the effect of those drugs. the pharmacist in the hospital would have known the level of opioids, that he or she was being asked to supply. the whole institution including,
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i have to say, the consultants who had responsibility over the clinical assistant, they knew, as far as our records show, what was going on in the hospital. it's got to stop. after the report was published, theyjoined other families who felt that before now they have been ignored by so many in authority. we were blocked by every single one but today that wall has come tumbling down. and now we want answers. the truth is there now, and we don't want this government to sit on it like any other inquiry. we want action now. the report highlights a series of warnings and missed opportunities. back in 1991, nurses raised concerns about prescribing. from 2001, police investigated the deaths of 92 patients but there were no prosecutions. in 2009, an inquest ruled that some patients have been given inappropriate medication. in 2010, dr barton was found guilty
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of serious professional misconduct by the general mdical council. in the same year, the crown prosecution service said there was insufficient evidence for a prosecutions. had the establishment listened when junior nhs staff spoke out, had the establishment listened when ordinary families raised concerns instead of treating them as troublemakers, many of those deaths would not have happened. just as everybody deserves... cindy and debbie's father went into the hospital to recover after a stroke but within a couple of weeks after medication, he died. he deserved to get better, come home and be a dad and be a granddad for many years to come. today, she told me, she felt the report was a big step forward. mixed emotions today. heartbroken, but with a sense that actually we were right all along and eventually somebody has listened to us. ministers say prosecuting
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authorities will decide whether criminal charges should be brought — that is what the families of those who died now wish to see. earlier i spoke to suzanne white — a patient safety campaigner and head of clinical negligence at specialist law firm leigh day. she said that the institutions had badly let patients and their families down. it isa it is a pretty dark day for patient safety a nd it is a pretty dark day for patient safety and patient care, the distress and torture that has been caused the decades, effectively. we can see from an early report, the bacon report, real concerns raised. not released until 2013. still, the culture prevailed after it went on a very long time and as the report
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says, the last part of chapter 12 says, the last part of chapter 12 says it was precipitation, it almost became the norm to give patients this overdose in diamorphine. tel is practical measures which can be introduced. are there things that immediately can suggest things to you? there is lack of clinical government —— governance. there are supposed to be reports about the deaths of patients. coroners get involved. again, that did not happen, that protection was not there and then of course, the nmc and the gmc were all involved and evenin and the gmc were all involved and even in 2010, when the doctor was before the gmc, she was not struck off so there were a lot of things that could have been done. suzanne
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white, a patient safety campaigner speaking to me earlier. in a major policy reversal, president trump has signed an executive order designed to keep migrant families together when they enter the us at the mexican border. his policy of zero tolerance towards illegal immigrants had led to thousands of children being taken from their parents and a storm of protest, including from fellow republicans. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant has more details. a tent encampment close to the mexican border that is become a sweltering detention centre to some of the thousands of children taken from their parents. donald trump's zero tolerance immigration policy has provoked outrage across america and the world. we are going to have and the world. we are going to have a lot of happy people. so today from the president, that rare thing, a reversal and climb down and all it took to end child separation was the flourish of his pen. so we are going
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to have strong, very strong borders but we are going to keep the families together. i didn't like the site or the feeling of families being separated. this was a political crisis of his own making and up until today's turnaround this america first president had to be asleep defended the practice. we wa nt asleep defended the practice. we want a great country, we want a country with heart but when people come up, they have to know they can't get in otherwise it's never going to stop. but these images of children in what looked like cages we re children in what looked like cages were too much even for a loyal republican leaders to stomach. child separation had become politically untenable. democrats were winning the argument. this has gone on too long and it must stop and it must stop now! not tomorrow, but now! last night in washington, the woman who has implemented zero tolerance, the head of homeland security, was
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hounded by protesters. kristjen nielsen had been having a working dinner at nielsen had been having a working dinnerata nielsen had been having a working dinner at a mexican restaurant. this stretch of the rio grande river is crossing point for illegal immigrants and families are continuing to make the treacherous journey across the border. donald trump remains determined to stop them. if you are weak, if you are weak, which some people would like you to buy to be, if you are pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people and if you are strong, then you don't have any heart, that is a tough dilemma. perhaps i'd rather be strong but that's a tough dilemma. images have the power to define a presidency. these will linger in the national memory long after child separations have come to an end. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. let's speak now to larry sabato — director of the centre for politics at the university of virginia. he is also the author of the crystal
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ball which is an analysis of american politics popular around the world. does he have his eye on those mid—term elections, the reason for the u—turn? mid—term elections, the reason for the u-turn? it was part of it but also he has benefited from these controversy. turnouts are always lower in mid—term elections. his challenge is to keep republicans energised, willing to show up at the polls. he has donejust energised, willing to show up at the polls. he has done just that. energised, willing to show up at the polls. he has donejust that. the vast majority of republicans backed him on this issue. the reason he has had to reverse course and is reversed 180 degrees overnight, no matter what he is saying, is because some influential republicans with access to the media have criticised severely and it appeared that the opposition to his policy was gaining stea m opposition to his policy was gaining steam so he decided to cut his losses. what are the practical
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consequences? there was some suggestion earlier, just before the order was signed, that he might hit a legal problem because of existing case law that involves the treatment of child migrants that is supposed to prevent them being in detention at all. no one knows what's really to happen. the trust in this administration by anyone who doesn't support it or any supporter of the immigrants or children, won't believe it until they see it. they are going to watch this each and every day because they simply tra nsfer every day because they simply transfer the children into detention centres, effectively presents with the parents, under american law and court orders, the children are supposed to be released after 20 days. what happens to them then? there are lots of problems to work out. we will see how they handle it. this has been a public relations disaster of great magnitude for donald trump. and it will linger, as
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your correspondence said, in the public mind. how frustrated you detect congressional republicans are? you suggested that his base supporters may actually think he was doing the right thing in the first place. about 6096 of republicans backed his view and wanted him to continue and if anything, to tighten the group on immigration. republicans in congress have to be very careful and had to suggest changes but they don't want to get out front and they don't want to criticise them publicly. unless they are retiring. some of the toughest critics decide not to do it. it's a difficult dilemma for republicans. they know they are not republicans in the way they are elected. they are part of the trumpet party. trying to win in primaries and so
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on, and those who have already won, what picture is emerging? are you seeing trump generation of candidates coming up for these seats we re candidates coming up for these seats were incumbents are retiring or maybe seats that are potentially winnable? that is absolutely what is happening. trump tweeted against the incumbent republican because he was insufficiently pro—trump. the tweet defeated that congressmen. it was received by every member of congress and by the new candidates who have been nominated. getting this story will have resonance in the states? those liberal europeans irritate donald trump. we are obsessed and interested in it but there were other, more important stories. there
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isa other, more important stories. there is a controversy today —— there is a controversy each day involving donald trump so are other things will push it off the public agenda but people won't forget about this. you are going to have people changing sides. believe me, this country made up its mind a long time ago about donald trump. no one ever gets out of the foxhole and crosses no man's land. that is not going to happen. what's important in a mid—term election year, as i mentioned, his energy and enthusiasm. what this is done oddly enough is to maintain republican enthusiasm but its increased democratic enthusiasm and they already have the enthusiasm edge and turnout edge over republicans this year. it's going to be a fascinating election come november and as you said, unresolved an important policy still to work its way through. thank
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you. always a pleasure. the us ambassador to the united kingdom has said president trump will meet the queen when he visits next month. woodyjohnson said meeting the queen would be the most important part of the trip, which starts onjuly the 13th. downing street is so far refusing to comment on plans for the visit. the state of the. a report to the 50 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at gosport war hospital. donald trump is being pressured to change his immigration policy, which is designed to separate children from their parents when they arrive illegally at the mexican border. the eu withdrawal bill can now become law at the house of lords accepted the house of commons‘s decision not to give parliament the power to
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reject any final brexit deal. and that stay with that story now. —— let's. the government has seen off a threatened rebellion by conservative mps, who'd been demanding a bigger say over what should happen if there's no final brexit deal. the commons voted by a majority of 16 against the idea that mps should have the power to stop the uk leaving the eu without an agreement. tonight, the legislation has cleared its final parliamentary hurdle and it's now set to become law. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports from westminster. call off the troops. we voted to leave the european union, so the government's trying to transfer all european law into british tradition, before there is a final deal. but the tories have already come to blows over who is really in charge if things go wrong at home. a small but noisy group of tory mps have been pushing the government on what happens if parliament says
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no to the final brexit deal that's negotiated with the european union. they wanted a legal guarantee they'd be able to send ministers back to the negotiating table to try again. theresa may and her ministers were adamant they need the option of no deal, of walking away. this fight has been about who is really in charge, parliament or number ten. last week, the prime minister and her team swerved defeat by promising to listen again what should happen if there's no deal. secretary david davis. but only a last—minute statement from her brexit secretary gave an escape route for both sides to walk away from a serious clash. we debate, we argue, we make our case with a passion, but we do it to a purpose, and that is to deliver for our people, not just to please ourselves. they decided to leave the european union, and whatever the european union think about that, we'll do it.
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it is unthinkable that any prime minister would seek to force through a course of action with significant consequences for many, many years, which the majority in this house did not approve of. would mps be able to stop that happening? in the bottom left—hand corner, you see government whips in charge of discipline whispering about a compromise. then the chief whip, a little later, get up from his seat and give a quiet thumbs up. enough rebels were willing to compromise, if not exactly gladly. i am prepared to accept the government's difficulty and support it. i have to say, there's enough madness around at the moment to make one start to question whether collective sanity in this country has disappeared. it was not comfortable. 0ne unwell labour mp in a wheelchair, on morphine, was forced to come and vote. so the noes have it,
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the noes have it. but enough mps believed assurances they would have a real say. there were some procedural changes today, but there was no change in the fundamental issue here, which is the government cannot be forced by parliament to negotiate something that the government doesn't want to do. and that's the key as we move forward. hopefully now, this takes the whole brexit debate into a new place. if nothing has really changed, then the rebels were the ones who blink. ido the rebels were the ones who blink. i do not think it helps to talk about anyone thinking. we are going to deliver brexit. and despite all their objections, when the bill made its way back to the lord's tonight, its way back to the lord's tonight, it made its way through, but there are still —— there is still trouble in steps ahead. at a compromise from the government, no way. —— but. laura kuenssberg, bbc
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news, westminster. the priority for several countries across the european union is not how to respond to brexit, but how to tackle the growing crisis over migration. in germany, chancellor merkel — who's facing pressure from within her coalition to crack down on immigration — said it's a global challenge, which needs an international response. it comes ahead of an emergency eu meeting on sunday to discuss the current crisis. 0ur europe editor katya adler is in lisbon. r kelly what else is down and that is public tolerance of migrant arrivals. in country after country across the european union, we have seen the rising popularity of tougher migration, politicians and parties. take italy for example. the new government there says absolutely no new mass migration. the issue nearly brought down the government and eu powerhouse germany this week,
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so brussels is in a panic, to put it politely and so yes, absolutely expect migration to dominate not just this minisummit at the weekend, but the formal summit of leaders next week. we'll be back with katya in a moment but first, let's get get a snapshot of how different countries are responding to the migration challenge with gavin lee on board the rescue ship aquarius off the coast of spain, nick thorpe in hungary, and james reynolds in rome. in recent years, more than half a million migrants have made it here to italy. many of them passed through this, rome's main train and bus station, on their way to the rest of the continent. italy's new populist government is now taking tough action. it's already closed its ports to foreign—flagged rescue boats, it now demands that the rest of the eu share the migration burden, and in the long run, it wants to shut down for good the migration route across the mediterranean. here in budapest, the hungarian parliament has just voted to create a new criminal offence. it's called facilitating illegal immigration, and it targets human rights groups which work with asylum seekers.
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the government argues that it's necessary in order to prevent hungary from becoming what it calls an immigrant country. from now on, human rights activists and lawyers could be imprisoned for printing leaflets — or even for meeting with clients. the political clash between european countries over the continuing illegal migration to europe has played out on board this ship, the charity—run aquarius, over the past few days. a week long, 1000 milejourney has taken 630 migrants from off the coast of libya here to spain, because italy refused to take them in. now the ship is returning off the coast of libya to take and rescue migrants from rubber boats. we'll be on board for the next seven days, and until there is a resolution between eu leaders, then there's no sense of knowing what will happen to those migrants on this ship and where they'll go. that report there from around europe
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from three of our correspondence. —— correspondents. lord sugar has apologised, after being accused of racism in a tweet in which he compared a picture of senegal‘s world cup squad to beach sellers in spain. lord sugar, who hosts the apprentice on bbc one, later deleted the post, but the tweet‘s prompted a storm of criticism — as our correspondent frankie mccamley reports. the british billionaire turned tv star of the apprentice, lord sugar, synonymous with these two stinging words... you are fired. support here from idrissa gana gueye, who fires the shot, oh, and it's deflected in off... but following the senegal—poland world cup match, lord sugar tweeted to compare senegal‘s national team to beach vendors in spain, posting an image of sunglasses and handbags underneath. the comments prompted hundreds of people to show him the red card, some calling him racist. lord sugar‘s response? as an educational charity working with young people on a daily basis,
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and seeing the effects of casual racism, i can assure him that it is casual racism. but i think as the reaction has gone on over the course of the day, i think lord sugar has come to realise the implications of his words and his actions today. 0thers watching the match saw it as extra motivation for the senegalese team. this is the kind of message that we must stop. in fact, it maybe help us to become more motivated and show them that those kind of comments does not have any place in the football industry. we've tried speaking to lord sugar, but he wasn't available. despite him not speaking to us at his home in essex today, lord sugar has tweeted an apology. sir alan michael sugar, knight.
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the bbc press office also commented on lord sugar‘s actions, saying "it was a seriously misjudged tweet, it's right he's apologised unreservedly. " despite the comments off the pitch, senegal claimed their victory on the pitch with a 2—1 win over poland. and even the fans were praised for cleaning up their stand afterwards. frankie mccamley, bbc news. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. the death of a man who was restrained by a police officer has been ruled an accident by an inquestjury. 20—year—old rashan charles was chased into a shop by police in london lastjuly and restrained. he later died in hospital. mr charles‘s family's criticised the hearing as a farce. a shortage of carbon dioxide across europe is causing problems for producers of beer, fizzy drinks and some food. it comes as demand for alcohol and soft drinks is peaking, due to the world cup
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and warmer weather. shortages are expected to continue for the rest of the month. scientists have created pigs which are resistant to a highly infectious disease, one that costs the farming industry millions of pounds each year. they found that pigs didn't become infected with the virus if they removed a small section of the animals' dna. some british airways passengers have complained after their tickets were cancelled because the prices were too low. the airline said it sent some travel agents the incorrect fares for flights to tel aviv and dubai. ba has apologised and says it will provide a full refund. in a statement, the airline said: 0r spoke to jack shelton, to the
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service which specialises in finding cheap flights. —— a little while earlier, i spoke to. i also spoke to this woman, who told me how she had been affected. i booked direct flights on british i —— british airways. it is my father's birthday and we have a ceremony that i had to attend, so it is quite important to me to go in august quite what is the price of i may ask? the price was actually decent, i think for the three flights for myself, my husband and my daughter, i gotjust under £300. that does sound good. yeah, it does sound good but through skyscan of. as far as you are concerned, this was a real offer, itjust happened to be a particularly good deal. absolutely, as i said a number of traffic agents —— travel agents
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we re of traffic agents —— travel agents were offering this. it was lower than what i would normally pay but these things happen and airlines have sales, so i went ahead and book the flights and got confirmation. let's hear from an expert than what he makes of your case. as we said, jack shelton. this is a case where an airline itself has made this mistake. is it unusual and if not unusual, how often does that happen? and very sorry about the technical quality on that recording. it certainly was not like it when we spoke earlier in programme. what jack sheldon went on to say was that it was unusual for airlines not to honour these contracts even if they had made a mistake. ——jack honour these contracts even if they had made a mistake. —— jack sheldon. at the world cup, portugal's seemingly unstoppable striker cristiano ronaldo has been doing what he does best — scoring goals — this time against morocco. ronaldo's fourth goal of the tournament makes him the record european scorer in international football history, as our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports from moscow.
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he scores them with his left foot... he scores them with his right... commentator: silva with another opportunity, short this time. today, ronaldo used his head. but the celebration is always the same. legs akimbo, arms outstretched, adulation incoming. # nobody plays like ronaldo...# fans flocked to the luzhniki stadium today, and it was clear who most had come for. his appeal is global. we love ronaldo — we are from india! this world cup, it will be the world cup of ronaldo. our world cup. european champions and world champions, you believe? yes, for sure. before reaching russia, all the talk was over who would be


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