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Welcome to North West Tonight, with Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson.
Our top story: Crisis in the NHS - as new figures reveal ambulances
My major concern is what it means for patients, waiting on stretchers,
in corridors, not being seen quickly enough.
We'll talk to a top A doctor, who's warning patients'
Preston's controversial bus lanes - more than a million pounds in fines
are issued to drivers in just two months.
Giving patients like Aimee the chance to have children -
a campaign to help cancer patients have their eggs frozen.
The train taking us back to the 1940s -
we meet the model maker who spent 30 years recreating Liverpool's
It's a subject we've covered before, but the problem appears
Ambulances waiting for hours outside North West A before
A leaked report obtained by this programme shows
that since the New Year, ambulance staff have waited up
to ten hours to hand over patients in A
The worst delay happened in Southport, but there have
been serious problems throughout the region.
Yunus Mulla reports on those latest figures.
The length of time an ambulance waits can vary from hospital to
hospital. Today, leaked figures suggested that some hospitals are
way above recommended target levels. On the 4th of January and ambulance
waited for more than ten hours at Southport hospital; the day before,
at North Manchester, the length of time was almost nine hours.
On the 12th of November -- January -- December, the length of time was
nine hours. My major concern is what it means
for patients waiting on stretchers, in corridors, not being seen quickly
enough. The NHS death -- NHS staff are working wonders with appalling
resources. This image was sent to MP Stephen
Twigg. A constituent said the waiting room at Aintree hospital's
A was like an airport lounge. Leading doctors today wrote to the
Prime Minister warning patients' lives are being put at risk.
What I've been advocating is an increase in national insurance
contributions, that it should be earmarked only for the NHS and
social care, because if you designed and NHS now you'd have both of those
key services as a single service. The Prime Minister today responded
during a debate led by the opposition parties.
Over the Christmas period in the Tuesday after Christmas, we saw the
busiest day ever in the National Health Service. And over the few
weeks around Christmas, we saw the day when more people were treated in
accident and emergency within four hours than had ever happened before.
The North West Ambulance Service has seen an increase in red incidents,
and said today these are patients in a serious concern but need to go to
hospital. Patients will want to see
improvements. The Government maintains a huge amount of action is
being taken to address problems. Mark Holland is a doctor
in Greater Manchester who's the President of the Society
for Acute Medicine, and one of those who wrote to the Prime Minister
today warning lives are being put If the ambulance situation something
that you recognise? Yes, because we were in a situation where there are
people in the emergency department who cannot go to the wards, and
therefore we cannot off-load the ambulances. If you can't off-load
them, the ambulances cannot go to their next job, so the whole system
is blocked up. Is it just a matter of time, do you think, before
somebody dies on a horse -- hospital trolley in the Northwest?
Naturally every day in the year we will see 1800 deaths in the UK, the
fact that people are now on trolleys mean -- means the same thing could
coincide. That would be tragic. I read one
report where a hospital had put a senior doctor in a corridor just to
assess the people in the corridor. I'm familiar with those types of
stories. In my role with the Society I've had e-mails from a number of
colleagues around the country, and those types of stories of people
feeling hopeless in the jobs they are trying to do are actually very
common now. The Prime Minister said the Red
Cross description of the NHS being a humanitarian crisis was
irresponsible and overblown. What do you think? We are not in a
situation where -- like it is in Syria, but we are in a humane crisis
because it is a crisis which is affecting human beings, and there is
a person at the top of the food chain who is in denial that the
crisis is occurring. And therefore I feel a lot of sympathy with the Red
Cross, they have no axe to grind, they have come out and made a
powerful statement and I think we have an obligation to take them
seriously. The Government says ?10 million
going in, 1600 more doctors, they are investing in the NHS.
Are you saying that? We are not seeing any benefits, and therefore
one wonders where these things are happening. A lot of people feel the
accounting figures are, you know, slightly colourful accounting. 1600
extra doctors. We are the third worst doctored country in Europe, we
have 2.8 doctors per 1000 per head in the population. Adding in 1600
takes us to 2.8 three. There's been talk today of a
political consensus to bring the parties together to plot a way
forward. Is that a good idea? Yes, I think we
probably do need an immediate injection of cash to get social care
in place. I think it is right that party politics are done away with
people work together, but I also think it is right that the NHS needs
a very -- strong leader. Guys like you are interviewing different
people every day of the week and I don't think anybody out there can
tell us who runs the NHS because there are too many people who appear
to put their hands up but nobody ever takes ultimate responsibility.
Is it as bad as you have ever known? Gimmickry yes. I've lived through
another bad winter, 1989, 1990, and this is worse.
The Prime Minister has paid tribute to a soldier from Middleton
22-year-old Scott Hetherington was serving with the 2nd Battalion
His death is thought to have been the result of a shooting accident.
At Prime Minister s Questions today, Theresa May described him
Police say a one-year-old baby was inside a house in Liverpool
Three men burst into the property on Dacy Road in Everton and shot
He's now in hospital in a stable condition.
Lancashire Police were forced to close part of Preston New Road
for four hours earlier today because of an anti-fracking protest.
Demonstrators were walking in front of lorries heading
Police say it caused long tailbacks and diversions in the area.
Ferries between the Isle of Man and Lancashire have been cancelled
Strong winds and rough seas mean sailings are suspended
Elsewhere, power was lost to around a thousand homes in parts of Cumbria
Wintry showers are forecast across the region tomorrow.
Fines worth more than a million pounds have been issued to thousands
of drivers in Preston after the introduction
Motorists caught out by the new restriction are furious
Lancashire County Council has made so much money in less
But the authority says the changes at Fishergate,
designed to ease congestion, will continue on a trial basis.
Preston's main shopping street, transformed in recent years, it is
now a shared space scheme. Vehicles and pedestrians have equal right of
way. Over Christmas 2015, and at peak times, to congestion got quite
bad, so in October last year drivers were stopped from turning right near
the railway station, and a temporary bus lane was introduced during the
day. Here is where the bus lane begins.
It is active between 11am and 6pm. We've seen countless numbers of
drivers ignore the science and carry on Dan Fisher gate; they will get a
?60 fine. The first day they put the camera
in, they were here, a few people, to advise the people that it's a bus
lane only. But next day onwards there was no body here.
My daughter came up Chapel street, and she didn't realise. She's got a
fine. Since October, Lancashire County
Council housing -- issued 23,000 fines.
We have signs making clear that if people go any further, there is a
camera. Let's take a ride on the Preston
bus. The bus lane has been fantastic. It
is like proceeding down the road with no traffic on it at all, and it
has allowed us to provide our passengers with the service that
they deserve. Michael is a solicitor who works and
lives in Preston. It has moved whatever congestion
there was, and the next area is not designed for through traffic.
Last night we told you about the father and son from Burnley
on trial for allegedly exploiting a Polish couple
Well, today the two men hit back at their accusers,
claiming the pair were alcoholics who would have been on the street
But the woman who says she was used as a slave told the jury at one
stage she was only paid one pound a day.
Our chief reporter Dave Guest has been following the case,
Remind us about who is in the dock. Mohamed rears a 62, his son is 27.
The crown's case is that these two men used the Polish couple as
slaves, it has been alleged that two men had to work long hours living in
squalor in outbuilding at the back of the family home in Nelson. These
two men deny charges of forcing these people to work in the trial
here. The lawyers for the father and son,
though. They have come out and said some quite harsh words about the
alleged victims today? Yes, they said that these two complainers were
the authors of their own misfortune, and they were described as
alcoholics with a tendency towards violence, and they were said not to
have been forced to work, and although the accommodation was not
5-star it was better than being on the streets which is worth,
according to the defence, this couple would not -- would have been
had it not been for the generosity of this father and son. But the race
to question wasn't feasible that this man in his 60s could dominate
these two people in their 20s? One of the alleged victims, the
woman, says she was only paid ?1 per day at one point.
She said at one point she was paid nothing, then it became ?1. Then it
became ?4 per day which brought her into line with her partner. For that
they had to work from 7am some to 10pm at night, the trial continues
tomorrow. You can see extremely windy conditions there. We will have
a forecast later. The Portuguese man of war once more
sound and fury from the Old Trafford faithful.
The train taking us back to the 1940s. The model maker who has spent
30 years recreating Liverpool's lime street station.
Fertility experts in Manchester have called on the NHS to help more women
diagnosed with cancer to freeze their eggs.
Treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy can
Researchers carried out a national study which found that fewer than 4%
of young women who could be helped are given the option of freezing
Aimee is only in her twenties, but she's spent much of her life
Now, after being told she has a bone marrow disorder,
she's having to consider her future plans for a family,
I'm now looking at another bone marrow transplant.
So it's going to completely, like, kill off my eggs, so I'm looking now
to getting my eggs frozen, to protect them before
I start having my chemo and radiotherapy again, really.
Being a mum means the absolute world to me.
But doctors here found not enough cancer patients
With over 8,000 young women in the UK being diagnosed
with cancer every year, they say around half
receive treatment that could leave them infertile -
yet only 154 across the country had their eggs frozen through the NHS.
I think we've been very lucky in Manchester when we set this
service up about eight or nine years ago.
We did it in collaboration with the Christie, we got the local
commissioners on board, and so we've actually been able
I think across the country, apart from funding issues
which is only one small part of it, I think really a lot
I think a lot of patients don't realise what we can do,
so I think patients often don't ask to be referred and I think cancer
specialists often don't think about referring patients.
But the study found that more women in the North West
are being the option to freeze their eggs than in other
Out of 154 cycles of egg freezing for cancer that took place in 2014,
38 of those were done in the North West, that's almost 25%
It is something to recognise, it is something to build on,
and it is something that we hope will see even further improvement.
Aimee and Kyle hope this will allow them to start
a family in the future, and that raising awareness
will ensure other cancer survivors are given that chance too.
It gives me a bit of hope, looking to the future.
It keeps me positive, thinking one day hopefully I'll be a mum.
It all went to plan in the EFL Cup last night for Manchester United.
2-0 winners in their first leg against Hull.
We could be on for a Liverpool- United final. Yes, Jose Mourinho is
happy with the result, but he wants a little more noise from the Old
Trafford faithful. He said, It won't be
like coming to the theatre." It's fair to point out
I think that even though there's a trophy on offer,
the League Cup isn't a priority You could say the same
for Liverpool, who play the first leg of their semifinal tonight,
away at Southampton. But after losing in the final last
season, Jurgen Klopp's side will be desperate to go one
better this time. First up though, a tricky
double-header against the Saints. Opportunity, not pressure,
has been the watchword Criticised in some quarters
for fielding Liverpool's youngest ever line-up,
in the FA Cup at the weekend, a 0-0 draw at home to
League Two's Plymouth, he'll turn back to many
of his senior men tonight. It's always a new day,
always a new chance, Jurgen Klopp will certainly be
boosted by the return to fitness The Brazilian is back, after almost
seven weeks on the sidelines. As for their Premier League
opponents on Sunday, they aren't shouting it
from the rooftops just yet but a quiet confidence is growing
at Manchester United. United had to work hard
for their 2-0 win last night, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini
with the goals, but with Liverpool's arrival in mind, Jose Mourinho urged
supporters to work harder The players have to improve,
I have to improve. And I'm sorry to say, the fans
I think you also have to improve. He isn't the first manager to ask
for more from their crowd, of course - Jurgen Klopp did it
in no uncertain terms in November, and Manchester City's Pep Guardiola,
the same ten days ago. So a sign of the times,
or a particular issue for the Old Trafford
faithful to solve? No more than anywhere
else, I don't think. Couple more goals going.
You know. I'd have thought it
was a lot better then. Definitely going to be ramped
up against Liverpool. A two-goal cushion for the second
leg puts United in a great position to make their first final
on the Jose Mourinho. And after nine wins in a row,
the Reds are really starting to find their feet, and no doubt
on Sunday, their voice. And there'll be full
match commentary from St. Mary's tonight on BBC
Radio Merseyside. Kick-off is 7:45, all
the build-up begins at 7:00. Action on the field for the Reds,
but off it for Everton who've made They've agreed a ?22 million
deal to sign midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin
from Manchester United. The French international,
a ?25 million buy from Southampton in 2015, has featured in just eight
games under United Manchester City have been charged
by the Football Association for failing to ensure anti-doping
officials knew where players Clubs are required to provide
accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts,
so that they are available It's understood the information
was not updated after City The rising star of Lancashire
cricket says the support he's had from the North West has
spurred him on. 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed
from Bolton made his Test debut for England
against India in November. He had to cut his tour short
because of a broken finger, but had already impressed
with his unflappable style. And the opener says the extra
attention he gets these days from fans is something he's more
than comfortable with. It makes you feel happy that,
you know, you've made a lot of people here back home proud that
you've gone on to you know, if anything it
gives me a lot of confidence He's not exactly mobbed when he goes
out shopping, but he is getting extra attention.
We should say that Bryan Robson is 60 today.
60! Tears, Rich. -- Cheers.
Now let s take a journey back in time to 1940s
Liverpool, because the city's Lime Street Station has had
a makeover to look just as it did in the early post-war years.
However, we're not talking about the actual station here,
but a model version made at a house in Lytham St Annes.
John Holden, who s originally from Southport, started his labour
And as Ian Haslam reports, his project is yet to hit the buffers.
This is how Liverpool Lime Street Station looked and might have
The attention to detail is astonishing. The station platforms
behind me, over there as the north-western hotel and all around
me people are milling around. Now all I've got to do is track down the
man responsible for all of this. And here he is. As a five-year-old
little boy, the station left such a burning impression on me, and ever
since I always wanted to make a model.
And this is how the real-life Lime Street Station looked around
You've got the London north-western hotel...
Are you ready to accept parcels train? We are indeed. Tell the
computer that you want to go to platform eight. Two buttons is all
but you need to do, and then you can drive the train. And hey presto,
there is the train. The railway fills the entire
extension of John's house - Got one more major building to do,
and we've recently put 160 figures on lime street. Next up, the station
is on the move. It will go on display in Scotland for a few days
next month. John Holden, we salute you.
Wintry weather. We're sticking with the story that the cold air is
descending, and we will see some wintry conditions over the next
couple of days. We're going to get used to do some pretty low
temperatures. This has been the picture as you've gone through the
afternoon. One or two rain showers, but by the cold air is starting to
bed in we will start to see those showers turning wintry. From
midnight tonight we have a Met Office warning that there could be
snow absolutely anywhere. They are snow showers, not a white out, but
it doesn't take much to cause chaos. Don't make this the last forecast
that you look at, because the forecast is a constantly evolving
thing and it may change a few times as the night goes on. For most of us
the showers will fall as rain, but over the highest levels you could
have snow. Not expecting any problems first thing tomorrow
morning, because the amounts should be too great. Because the breeze has
been so strong, there could be a little bit of drifting in places.
The temperatures around three degrees, a cold start. Your BBC
Local Radio station will give you the absolute latest details on the
forecast. There could be two centimetres anywhere, five
centimetres over the highest levels. Sometimes it is rain, sometimes
snow. It can cause lots of problems. Away from it, some spells of
sunshine, but my goodness it is going to feel very, very cold
indeed. And finally, you may remember us
telling you about Cheshire Police's The force was asking
the public to decide a name And Axel has been
voted the favourite. They are wonderful to follow on
Twitter, because you learn all about dogs. Have a lovely evening, thanks
for watching. Goodbye. I think my political beliefs are
really quite straightforward. I believe that our country needs to
work for everyone. Not just for the rich,
not just for the privileged, not just for those who know
the right people or who've got the loudest voices, but a country
that really works for everyone, has the opportunity to be
who they want to be. In order to make sure that the
country works for everyone,