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Western General Hospital considers restricting access to A during

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certain hours but the trust insists it is not to save money.

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A new report claimed there was a serious failure of leadership at

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Bristol City Council. And they call the team continues

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tomorrow. It looks mostly cloudy. A few snow flurries, details at the

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end of the programme. While record numbers of people

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are waiting hours in Accident and Emergency departments

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across England, it's emerged Weston General

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is considering reducing It could mean 999 patients

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being diverted elsewhere. The hospital says the proposed

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changes aren't about saving money, despite them being ?7

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million over budget. The hospital has 320 beds, 200 and

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-- 24-hour Accident and Emergency as well as a small intensive care unit

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but money is tight and it struggles but money is tight and it struggles

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to fill vacant medical roles. The hill fog trust described as being

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clinically and financially clinically and financially

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unsustainable for over a decade. -- the health trust. It has a budget

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deficit of ?7.1 million and changes to the weird runs on the table. What

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we need to do is work out how can create a hospital that has got a

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long-term future that will help attract new staff who will come and

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want to stay here permanently. And also by working together with other

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organisations, both in the community but also the other hospitals, just

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look at how we can address the financial challenges. One of the

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changes could be to A here. Diverting 999 ambulances elsewhere

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at night time, keeping the department open for walk-in patients

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and scheduled ambulances. That would mean longer journeys for emergency

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patients during those hours but the hospital says the proposals would be

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to improve patient care, not to save money. The ideas being put forward

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in this engagement exercise are really focusing on the rights,

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services for patients, the rights, right ability to staff those

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properly and the right clinical services. The hospital is very

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important for those living nearby. The older generation don't always

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want to go up to Bristol and I think it does everything that we need down

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here. The NT if it is needed, it is the 24 hours a day if you need it.

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Yes, it is pretty important to the community. Something that you will

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need during your lifetime and getting older, it is nice to know it

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is there. The public can see the proposals and have their say on the

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North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Groups website, and

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there will be open days awkward, organised over the next eight weeks

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so that -- organised over the next eight weeks so people can get their

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appointment face-to-face. Other NHS trusts are also on the

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red. North Bristol has a projected deficit of ?46 million to the end of

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March. -- projected. Onto some other news tonight. MPs

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have released footage of a man being abducted from a bar in Bristol to

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try to find witnesses. It happened in December. The 22-year-old was

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dragged across the floor at the Blue Laguna on Gloucester Road, assaulted

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and put into a car. He was driven to Bradley Stoke before escaping. Two

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men have been arrested and released on bail.

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An independent report has made scathing criticisms of the way

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Bristol City Council's finances a big one. Adults of members being

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misled and a serious failure of leadership recent years. It was

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commissioned by the new mayor, who is grappling to make ?100 million in

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savings. Our political editor reports.

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This report says senior managers knew that planned savings were not

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being achieved, but routinely being achieved, but routinely

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concealed it. Breaking the bad news to Bristol, the mayor faced the

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media as the council released the damning report. An independent

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experts said a big savings programme had failed. Officials made

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assumptions that were false or awful. The mayor was not alerted,

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councillors were undoubtedly misled. It was, he said, a serious

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collective failure of leadership within the Council, for which

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several people, including elected politicians, there responsibility.

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The suggestions in the report about how and why things happened where a

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pretty explosive. Not only in terms of the absolute steal, but in terms

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of the way it was done. -- the size. We are not happy with this at all. A

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former GQ -- Chief Executive worked alongside the last mayor and has

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been unavailable for comment. The former mayor issued a statement

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saying he only heard about the review yesterday afternoon...

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The counsellor he had in charge of Bristol's finances does express

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regret and feels let down by officers. I end up feeling that I

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have totally inadvertently misled councillors because I was being told

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certain things were true when they were not. It does say there was a

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failure of political leadership, that would include you. It would.

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We... We did fail and the sense that we have this vast deficit. The

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senior managers criticised in the report are gone, leaving councillors

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shaken. Like a lot of people, when I read the report is pretty shocking

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in places. The simple fact that this was hidden for several months and

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actively hidden, it was not just a simple matter of people not

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realising, they did know it was there and they did not share that

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with councillors. The catalogue of failing to blame in this report have

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sent shock waves through City Hall. A new chief executive and a new head

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of finance are in post. The focus now is on putting things right and

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of making ?100 million worth of savings over the next four years.

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And brittle -- Bristol City Council said tonight that the report was

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funded by an external grant and not from the council's offers.

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As we revealed yesterday, Bristol is vying to be a national

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The city wants a share of a billion pound fund to make it happen.

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5G promises ultra-fast, ultra-reliable phone signal

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It's set to revolutionise our homes and our streets as Robin Markwell

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On the mean streets of the University of the West of England,

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they have clocked up 500 miles in a car without a driver. It relies on

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high-tech sensors to find its way around. Instant connection is

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crucial, you cannot be buffering when cruising at 70 mph. They are

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not quite ready for passengers yet but there is something more suitable

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in sight. For a glimpse into our 5G future, I thought I would take a

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little thin. At the moment, I am in charge of this simulator, but

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flicked a switch and the computer takes control. It is slightly

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disconcerting! Well, actually 5G is key. It is going to be key for

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designing vehicles capable of driving probably ten times better

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than a human driver. It was tough to hear. Instant reaction times, no

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blindspot and the ability to see around corners. Now scientists think

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robotic car will soon have the upper hand over on humans. Something that

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brings together industry and all the different... Talk to another

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visionary and you find the genes will not just be happening on our

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roads. People are getting used to the idea that their homes are

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becoming smarter. The poor are already controlling things like

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thermostats, central heating, curtains, TVs. This idea of homes

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having a brain that is collecting together lots of different data and

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information, that older finds the way that telecoms need to operate. I

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think we will see increasingly this idea of objects and devices that are

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talking to the network all the time. It was time to look at the bigger

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picture. With so many devices generating so much data, it was hard

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to see how you could make sense of it all. I found my answer inside

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Bristol's date at all. -- data though. Here's they sure what it all

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means when everything is pooled together, Real Time Information

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about the traffic on our roads, the quality of air, the health of the

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population. It all promises a better understanding of who we are. But

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with technology now moving quite so fast, some will fear this brave new

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world risks spinning out of control. A cheery thought to leave you with!

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That is it from us tonight. We are back with breakfast tomorrow from

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half past six but from now, good night and I will leave you with the

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weather forecast. Thank you very much. Good evening,

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everybody. The underlay for the forecast has been run through

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tomorrow and into the weekend will remain cold conditions that we have

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seen today. Tomorrow, if anything, that it cold feeling because the

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wind will be a little brisker. Certainly a lot of cloud around and

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we will start to introduce a higher risk of seeing some light wintry

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slurry is starting to a pure from the East, North East. Some of you

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have seen a few of those during today, particularly in parts of

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Gloucestershire. Expecting tonight to be dry. In a few sports, below

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freezing. Into tomorrow, another markedly cold day. Exacerbated by

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the fact the Bristol have picked up a bit and equally there will not be

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much in the way of any brightness of note. I notice in the graphics the

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signal for one or two wintry flurries to be running across from

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the East, North East. If anything, the risk of those will increase

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through the day and date overnight into Saturday. We might see some

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heavy snow showers in some areas at least through that period.

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Temperatures tomorrow broadly in a range of two to four. In the wind

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chills, -- in the winter chill, pretty cold wherever you happen to

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be. There will be showers around for some on Saturday. A wintry mix many

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places. sleet and snow. The outlook, Sunday

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will turn a bit less cold again. All the way up seven Celsius.

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At this time of year we can often get the weather stories that reflect

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the battle between winter and spring, and that's what's been

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happening in New York in the USA. Yesterday, 17 Celsius, but today,

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it's been bitterly cold, just a daytime maximum of -2, a

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