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The Health Secretary admits waiting times in A and E
in hospitals in England are completely unacceptable.
Figures show patients are waiting longer than at any time
That kind of care is completely unacceptable.
No one would want it for members of their own family.
And new figures today reveal the number of cancelled operations
last year was the highest in fifteen years.
A discredited government investigation into thousands
of allegations of abuse by Iraq war veterans is shut down.
This will be a huge relief to hundreds of British troops
who have had these quite unfair allegations hanging over them,
A court in the US refuses to reinstate Donald Trump's travel
ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries.
Scottish Power raises its energy prices while British gas announces
And desperate efforts to save over four hundred whales that washed up
Coming up in sport we are live here in Cardiff
at the Principality Stadium to preview all of this weekend's 6
Nations fixtures including Wales against England.
Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says it's "completely unacceptable"
that some patients in England are waiting up to 13 hours in A
Figures show that waiting times in casualty units are worse
And the number of operations cancelled at the last minute hit
Mr Hunt insists he does have an improvement plan -
though didn't reveal it - and he admits it will take time.
He was talking to our Health Editor Hugh Pym.
The worst monthly A figures in more than a decade. They have
corridor nurses as well. Times are very desperate. Images like this
across BBC News. No one would want it for members of their own family.
It has been a difficult few days for the Health Secretary and he has now
come out and acknowledge that some of what is happening in the
hospitals in England is unacceptable. The BBC has shown
images from Royal Blackburn of people waiting 13 hours, mothers and
babies sitting in the corridor, are you embarrassed? It is incredibly
frustrating for me. I am doing this job because I want NHS care to be
the safest and best in the world. That kind of care is completely
unacceptable, no one would want it for members of their own family. Ara
Sibley's story featured on BBC News this week. She had to wait six
months in hospital before a care home place was available. What did
Jeremy Hunt have to say to her family? I don't want to make any
kind of excuses. It is totally unacceptable. It is terrible for Mrs
Sibley but also bad for the NHS... It is not the only case. No. There
are no excuses. It is completely unacceptable. Her son said he was
pleased that Jeremy Hunt had recognised that his mother was let
down but he had this message for the Health Secretary. What I would like
to say to Jeremy Hunt is to admit, to have the guts, to admit, that the
system of social funding is broken. If we have to pay more, I would say
to Jeremy Hunt, I am prepared to pay more in tax and I am sure most of
the country would be as well, because our old people are worth it.
And the state of social care was something I raised with Jeremy Hunt.
We recognise the pressure is there. We recognise there is a problem
about the sustainability of the social care system and that has to
be addressed and we will do that. There have been calls for more
funding for the NHS in England including from an American health
expert who advise David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt and he thinks the
current spending plans of the government are set too low. I have
serious doubts as to whether you can have the health care that is
universal, not rationed, and responsive to the needs at that
target level. I am concerned. But others say it is not just about
money and getting the NHS to be more efficient is important, with new
ways of working the real priority. Jeremy Hunt says that change is
needed on many fronts. I think it is wrong to suggest to people that
these profound challenges such as we face with an ageing population are
ones where there is a silver bullet that you can solve the problem
overnight. We need the help of the public, because we know that a
number of the people seen in A could actually have
their needs dealt with in another part of the NHS. New figures show
last minute cancelled operations in England were up 16% last year,
whether it is A, routine surgery or community care, the pressure is
clear across the NHS. A 34 million pound government
investigation into allegations of abuse by Iraq war veterans
is to be shut down. It follows a report by MPs
which called the work of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team
an unmitigated failure. Thousands of cases have been
investigated but there's not been Around 90% of misconduct cases
involving British troops who served in Afghanistan
are also being dropped. It is almost 14 years since British
troops invaded Iraq and the legacy of the war is still causing
controversy. In the aftermath of the occupation thousands of allegations
of abuse were made against British soldiers. And a special team called
IHAT was set up to investigate them. The human rights lawyer Phil Shiner
brought most of the claims but last week he was struck off after he had
been found to be dishonest and to have paid agents to drum up
business. Now the Ministry of Defence is wrapping up the
investigation early. This will be a huge relief to hundreds of British
troops who have had these quite unfair allegations hanging over
them. They are now being freed of that and we will put in place new
measures to ensure that this never happens again, that there are proper
safeguards to prevent completely malicious and unfounded allegations
being made against our brave servicemen and women. There is no
doubt that some abuses did happen in Iraq, these were detainees being
beaten in Basra in 2003 and over the past few years the Ministry of
Defence has paid out millions in compensation. But the IHAT
investigation has been criticised for getting out of hand. It was set
up seven years ago and it has had to examine more than 3000 claims. It
has caused over ?34 million. IHAT and its work has been controversial
in the military but the downfall of Phil Shiner and mounting concern
over the toll it was taking on former soldiers and their families
has led the MoD to act. I think this is something important, it will make
a big statement to the Army and most importantly it shows that the
government is foursquare behind supporting the Army and providing it
with the appropriate framework in which our soldiers can deal with
those very difficult operational decisions that they have to deal
with. Of all the allegations made over the course of Britain's long
involvement in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence now says that by the summer,
only about 20 will be left to be investigated. Just a few will
continue to be investigated. The investigation was being wound down
but the decision today has been precipitated by the end of Phil
Shiner 's career and also by a blistering attack by MPs today,
calling the investigation a disaster. Former soldiers have
welcomed the decision, a lawyer representing some of them said that
IHAT had been incompetent and repugnant and he said the careers
and families have been destroyed. What happens now is that the Royal
Navy police will take over the investigation next year and all of
the claims brought by Phil Shiner that had any
evidence to back them up are now been thrown out and the MoD says
there should be about 20 cases left and I am told some of those are
pretty serious allegations. Caroline, thank you.
Police in Manchester say a man and a woman have died
in a house fire in Withington, four children are now in hospital.
Firefighters were called to the property in the south
of the city at around 2:30 this morning.
The children, aged between ten and 17, are being treated
Another man is in a serious condition.
Police have launched an investigation into
Britain's entire fleet of Royal Navy's attack submarines
is currently out of operation due to repairs and maintenance work.
Seven nuclear-powered subs are classed as non operational,
including three new Astute class vessels - they are the most powerful
attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy costing over
Over 300 kilos of cocaine with a potential value of 50 million
pounds has washed up on the coast of Norfolk.
A number of holdalls containing the drug were found on two beaches
We can talk to Debbie Tubby on the beach at Hopton-on-Sea.
That's one of the beaches where the drugs washed up...
That's right. It is thought that some people walking their dog
yesterday found some cocaine in a sports holdall and they reported it
to Norfolk Police and today the authorities have spent the day
searching and 14 miles of this coastline looking for further bags
and they have found extra bags. Those bags were tied by a rope to
big green plastic containers to stop the Class A drugs from sinking in
the water. Now it is thought that the experts have now found 360 kilos
and if it was cut and sold it would be worth ?50 million.
The National Crime Agency says it is investigating why those drugs were
washed up here in Norfolk. They'd do not think here was the intended
destination and they do say tonight that this is a huge blow to the
criminals involved. Thank you very much.
That's the response of President Donald Trump
to a court in the United States, which has refused to reinstate his
ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries.
The controversial immigration reform was suspended last week.
But the President appears determined to continue the legal battle.
Our North America Editor Jon Sopel reports.
A full ceremonial welcome as President Trump greeted the Japanese
Prime Minister at the White House on a cold crisp morning. That was as
nothing compared to the icy blast coming from the West Wing after last
night 's court ruling. Donald Trump tweeting very soon afterwards in
block capitals, a sure sign of irritation... And then he bumped
into reporters and said this. It is a political decision. You believe
the judges... We have a situation where the security of our country is
at stake. It is a very serious situation. So I will look forward to
seeing them in court. In Washington state which brought the original
case, defiance to Donald Trump's see you in court. We have seen him in
court twice. And we are two for two. We respect that the President has
broad authority when it comes to executive orders, but they still
have to follow the constitution. That's the bottom line. The three
federal Appeal Court judges ruled that there is no evidence that any
alien from any country is named in the order has perpetrated a
terrorist attack in the United States. The safety valve for the
most vulnerable people offered no explanation for how these wave of
provisions would function in practice. And in conclusion the
judges say, competing public interest do not justify a state, in
other words, the decision of the lower court will not be overturned.
The next and last legal stop is the Supreme Court, with one vacancy
still to be filled, it is split evenly between four liberal and for
Conservative justices. If they were too tight, then the judgment of the
lower court would be upheld. The President and his advisors have a
tough decision to make. Daily press on, take this to the Supreme Court
and risk another defeat? Or rip up the existing executive
order, redrafted and admit that they got it wrong in the first place. Not
easy choices. The President promised during the campaign that he would
win so much Americans would get bored of winning. This is not the
story so far on his migrant ban. Thank you everybody. Jon Sopel, BBC
News, Washington. Scottish Power has become the latest
of the Big Six energy companies It's increasing the cost
of electricity by almost 11 per cent But British Gas says it's freezing
prices until August. Our personal finance correspondent
Simon Gompertz is here - why the difference in prices
from these two companies? Why the difference in prices from
these companies? British Gas says it is evidence of competition at work
and that is important for them because it means it is less likely
that they will have MPs and even ministers breathing down their necks
about high gas and electricity prices. ScottishPower putting up
prices from more than 1 million of its customers on standard tariffs,
not the fixed once and then British Gas saying it is winter price freeze
will now be extended through until August. Evidence that they do not
move as they herd as they are often accused of doing. ScottishPower say
it is harder to get hold of gas and electricity at cheap prices, they
have to pay for subsidies for new smart meters, British Gas say that
they have kept their running costs down. The big question now after
that good news for 5 million British Gas customers is what two other big
companies, SSE and aeon are going to do because they also had a winter
price freeze but they have not said what they will do next and they will
The Health Secretary tells the BBC waiting times in A
in hospitals in England are completely unacceptable.
History, rivalry, aggression, humour is all part of the Six Nations. I
look back at the build-up and forward to the rugby here in
Cardiff. On Sportsday, who can catch Chelsea?
Liverpool and Spurs go head-to-head tomorrow. Another big weekend in the
Premier League. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
is continuing to carry out his reshuffle, following the resignation
of several shadow cabinet ministers and a rebellion by Labour MPs
over the Brexit bill. One of the big tests
of his leadership will be the byelections due to take place
this month in the Labour-held seats Our Deputy Political
Editor, John Pienaar, has been talking to voters
in both constituencies. John Pienaar is in Hanley
and he wants to know how people feel about the by-election
in Stoke-on-Trent Central. Is Stoke going to
stay a Labour city? I think for far too long we've been
taken for granted by Labour. I'd like to think it was
going to stay Labour. They sort of work for
everybody, don't they? Whereas I don't know, the guys
who are potentially going to get in, are quite bigoted in
a couple of their views. By all accounts, the Labour
candidate is pro-European. So how does that square with 70%
plus anti-European votes? You have been Labour,
but you're switching? Most probably.
I most probably switch this year. You're still agonising
a bit about it? This is a really big deal
in national politics, isn't it? Is Labour's traditional support
in industrial towns like this one in Stoke, away
from London and the big cities, Well look, most people here voted
to leave the European Union. Most of the MPs here,
the Labour MPs here, And Jeremy Corbyn, he is popular
with his party members. When it comes to the wider
public, not so much. One senior Labour MP has said that
Labour here is hanging on by its fingernails against
the challenge of the UK Messages, thousands, came
in oun our BBC Facebook live page. "Jeremy Corbyn was a big
election issue for Labour." "Full of honesty, respect
and integrity," says Stephen. "Corbynites are enthusiastic,
but he costs votes." Labour is under siege
in two by-elections on Voters who never wanted Brexit
are being targeted by the Liberal Democrats
and the Greens. Will Ukip's campaigners see
their leader become Stoke's new MP? That would strike fear into Labour's
Brexit-supporting heartland. Tory campaigners are
daring to dream of They ran Ukip close in Stoke,
but in Copeland they feel they can beat Labour,
the first government gain over its main opponents
in a by-election in 35 years. So Labour is fighting
door to door, street to And far to the north,
where Labour is facing a hard slog to survive
in a very different setting. In Copeland's coastal
town of Whitehaven, Ask almost anyone,
Jeremy Corbyn's past opposition to nuclear power counts
against his party. Though voting Labour
here is an old habit. Well, I'm going to stay with Labour,
because I just think it's for the And all my family has
always voted Labour. Because of the workforce
at Sellafield, and what it creates in the wider
community, and what Mr Corbyn said about nuclear power,
they've got to think of themselves. And for the long-term
future of Sellafield, Losing here or in Stoke means talk
of existential crisis for Labour. Rejected by once loyal voters
who now feel left out and And to see a full list of candidates
for both the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland by-elections,
visit our website. French police have arrested four
people in Montpellier on suspicion of planning an imminent terrorist
attack. The three men and a 16-year-old girl were detained after
they bought bomb-making chemicals. Police said the teenager had pledged
loyalty to so-called Islamic State in a recent video. The explosives
discovered were similar to those used in the Paris attacks in
November 20 15. The London firm, Pimlico Plumbers,
has lost a legal battle over whether it should give freelance
workers the same rights to pensions, holiday and sick pay,
as permanent staff. The company went to the Court
of Appeal after a plumber on a self-employed contract,
Gary Smith, won a tribunal He wanted to work fewer days after
an illness and argued he was entitled to the same rights as
permanent staff. Liverpool Football Club has banned journalists from the
sun newspaper from covering all matches and press conferences at
Anfield. The decision was taken after discussions with the club and
a campaign group opposed to the paper because of its coverage of the
Hillsborough disaster in 1989. More than 400 whales have beached
on the coast of New Zealand, one of the worst whale strandings
ever seen in the country. Volunteers in the community
of Farewell Spit are racing to save and refloat them,
but around 300 have already died, and time
is running out for the rest. Stranded, distressed
and barely alive. Volunteers have come from far
and wide to save the whales beached This is the third-largest
mass stranding that we've recorded in our history
and so it's a very large one, logistically it's
a massive undertaking. The whales started
stranding last night, We were notified of that,
and then this morning checked on them most
of the whales were already dead. I've never experienced
death like this before. For such a majestic animal
it's really strange There's a lot of death
here, eh, which is a sad, sad thing, but, hey,
if we can get some of them out it's Scientists don't know exactly why
whales beach themselves. Anybody that doesn't have a sheet
over the whale, make sure those sheets are really nice and wet,
not covering the blowhole... Rescuers tried to re-float
some of the whales at high tide, but some just turned
straight back to shore. Whale strandings in
New Zealand are common. Just two years earlier 200
whales beached here. But this is one of the country's
worst mass strandings. It's another weekend of fierce
rivalry, intense pressure and big expectations
in the Six Nations tournament. England take on Wales tomorrow,
and if England win, they will be just three games away
from breaking the world record for the most
unbeaten test matches, a title currently
held by New Zealand. Italy take on Ireland,
and Scotland play France on Sunday. Much anticipation there, I would
imagine? Absolutely. You have 30 players on the pitch who expressed
the rivalry with aggression. So we can express it in a traditional
friendly way. Ireland may not lose again. Scotland feel they have
nothing to lose. It is a long time since England lost to anybody. Why
would they feel nervous this weekend? They are in Cardiff.
Long before the bridge there was rugby.
The journey to Wales has petrified England,
In 2013 Wales scored 30 points in Cardiff, England humbled.
The coach says it's just another city.
Yes, but in Cardiff it's named after the Welsh captain,
I think the game does mean a lot to a lot of people.
We are able to share that, hopefully we can share it
I think we're very fortunate to have a stadium that is suitable
We've experienced lights, fire, music.
England's Jones, Eddie, now expects what he calls shenanigans.
What are the shenanigans you're prepared for?
Oh, I don't know, but, you know, they're a cunning lot,
You know, they've got goats, they've got daffodils,
Well, mischievous friendly rivalry, that's what the 6
It is an outlet for passion and that's exactly why England have
decided that here in Cardiff the roof should be open
for the game, allowing all that Welsh noise to escape into the sky.
Well, everyone in professional sport is trying to find an edge.
Gareth Southgate - yes, the England football manager -
was at rugby training this week, seeking a different perspective.
Well, England fly-half George Ford finished the session
and then told me he won't be in Wales in fear.
I think, as a player, if you learn to embrace it and learn
to be excited about it, I think that's the best
If you look back and you feel like you didn't enjoy it,
After their scintillating victory over Ireland last weekend,
Scotland suddenly look like the team to beat in the 6 Nations.
The roof is going to be open at Cardiff.
Time for a look at the weather with Louise Lear.
Maybe some showers across Cardiff. Cloudy, cold wintry showers this
weekend. This Weather Watchers picture sums at up. A great,
threatening sky. A dusting of snow. Pretty dismal on the east coast. The
showers have been isolated but they have been a nuisance. A cluster
moved through the Midlands earlier on. They will continue overnight,
becoming widespread. Expect a fairly significant dusting at lower levels.
Three to five centimetres across the East. Further west, clearer skies.
It will be a cold start across the country. We will start with some
glimpses of sunshine across western Scotland. It is the snow showers
that will be the feature first thing. They will be falling as snow
across Aberdeenshire, running down the East coast. Rain across the
coast. For a lower levels at a time there will be some snow showers in
the morning. It will be a cold start to the day across East Anglia.
Through the day, those showers may well just push a little bit further
west. We could see some snow showers into North Wales, and East Wales,
may as far south as Somerset. Not a particularly warm honey were across
the country, particularly when you think about the strength of that
wind. -- anywhere. Further snow on Saturday night into Sunday,
particularly over the Pennines and in the Peak District. Then the snow
will ease back to rain on Sunday. It will be windy. Gales across Scotland
and northern England for a time. Quite dismal. Temperatures of
similar values. Between four and 6 degrees. If you are out and about
how might you will notice a difference. Sunshine will be at a
premium. I can hear you groaning of the television. I will finish this
forecast on a glimmer of good news. As we move into next week, fingers
crossed, it looks as though the winds will swing to a southerly and
we will see more in the way of sunshine, and maybe a little more in
the way of warmth. The Health Secretary acknowledges
patients are facing "completely unacceptable" delays
at hospitals in England. But Jeremy Hunt says the NHS
is not alone in dealing So it's goodbye from me,
and on BBC One we join the BBC's