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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Welcome to South East Today, I'm Rob Smith.

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Tonight's top stories: Fresh talks are agreed in the rail crisis

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after BBC South East's special debate with Southern

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How many more people's lives must be affected, how many more have to

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leave their jobs? We will be speaking to Tim lout into night

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about tours with the Department for Transport.

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The end of an era - Folkestone's Leas lift,

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one of the oldest of its kind, is set to close because

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Also in tonight's programme: The Sussex doctors who say they'll

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save half a million pounds by not prescribing paracetemol.

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And evening with an immigrant - we meet the man behind a unique show

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charting his experiences travelling from Boko Haram

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After their latest victory, we'll have the action,

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and reaction, ahead of the FA Cup fourth round draw.

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Two of the sides in the ongoing rail crisis have opened up lines

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of communication following BBC South East's debate

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There were fractious and confrontational scenes

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during the recording of the debate last night, as regular commuters

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spoke about the poor service they've been experiencing.

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The dispute over changes to the role of guards has led to Britain's worst

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Three further days of strike action on Southern trains are planned this

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But the union involved in that strike - Aslef -

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says they have not been invited to any talks.

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Our political editor Helen Catt reports.

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Passengers returning home at night note that this evening at the last

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time they will be able to catch a train for at least 48 hours, as

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Southerner drivers prepare to walk out again. Their union says an offer

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to join any new talks has not been extended to them. I have not been

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invited, I'm not sure what the conditions for those talks. We fired

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correspondence about talks based on preconditions and we have said that

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we will not be shackled by any preconditions. At BBC South is

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debate to be screened tonight, Southern and the conductor 's union,

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the RMT, repeatedly clashed over the key issue in the disputes, whether

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or not it is safe to run trains without guards. We are not removing

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a second person from the train. There will be a second safety

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trained person on a more trains... Guaranteed on every train? Let him

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speak, for goodness sake! There will be a second safety trained person on

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a more trains than there were at the start of this dispute. He cannot

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guarantee it. Tell the public you will guarantee a safety critical

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person on every train. Look into the camera and say it. We will roster a

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second safety trained person on as many trains as had them before this

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debate. After the recording finished, they went into discussion

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than it was recognised that there is a need for talks to take place.

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Tonight, the RMT told as lines of communication remained open. We are

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definitely looking for a solution. We think there is a solution that is

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viable and that rather options to discuss. We hope that Southern,

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together with us when we meet with the same attitude, they can do

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attitude to getting a resolution to the dispute that everybody wants,

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especially passengers. At the frustration was clear. How many more

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people have to leave their jobs or lose their jobs and have their

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family life significantly disrupted as a result of your services? May I

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add, these are not down to just strikes, they were bad before the

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strikes started. And tomorrow, they face more disruption as the driver's

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union, Aslef, start a three-day strike. They also have three further

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dates planned this month. In Westminster tonight, more talks

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between South East MPs and the Transport Secretary. He is under no

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illusion that the performance of Southern has been not good of the

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last 18 months and he has said he will tackle that. Once this is

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resolved, we need to tackle performance issues of Southern. But

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for angry, frustrated passengers facing another week of reduced

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services, talk without action is unlikely to be enough.

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I'm joined now by Tim Loughton, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham.

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You've been one of a group of MPs meeting the Transport

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There is hope, but frankly, I was in that question time yesterday which

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is about is to be broadcast. They all -- the anger of the audience was

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palpable. But there is not a law that storm is to be resolved. You

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heard in that clip that Mike Lynch was going on about it was in safety

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critical and kept interrupting everybody, every one of these new

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people will be safety trained. Apparently the safety critical

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element means whether you are trained to go to... It is nonsense,

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and it could have been settled ages ago. It could be settled quickly.

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The unions just need to show a willingness to settle it in the

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interests of the passengers. The Government has made a lot of

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concessions and have done this through GTR and Southern. They have

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said let's get this settled and address the safety issues. Is seeing

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the real sticking point is about the guarantee that there will be a

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second person on board every train. The so-called Scot rail solution.

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Given that this strike has already cost more than ?300 million to the

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economy, wouldn't it be better for the Government to say yes, we will

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agree to that, we will have a second person on every train? The option

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is, when those people do not turn up, those trains do not run. What we

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need is a railway service that is reliable, turns up on

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time and delivers passengers to the police they need to go to at the

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time they want. The company have the option obligatory without a second

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person, that they will take it and it will be the thin end of the

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wedge? Only in exceptional circumstances. And very few times do

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they actually run without that second person and what would happen,

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typically, for example, if a train is delay, the incoming card is not

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at Victoria in time, the chain leads Victoria, picks up the Garda Clapham

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Junction or East Croydon and then they are on the train. The

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alternative is that train does not run at all. This has been shown to

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be safe. The independent office of the rail safety regulator said it is

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safe and it operates in over 40% of trains in the UK every day of the

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week, over 30% of GTO strains. There is no reason that this cannot

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happen. Perhaps on Thameslink trains from London to Brighton, it should

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happen. This can be solved if unions inject a bit of common sense and

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urgency into this. Thank you. Meanwhile, commuters travelling

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in to London today have faced disruption getting around

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the capital because of The industrial action over job

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cuts came to an end just over half an hour ago,

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but for people heading back to Kent and Sussex it's been yet another

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day of misery. Our reporter Ian Palmer

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is at London Bridge now. Ian, passengers you've spoken

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to are feeling thoroughly fed up. Not the start to the new year

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they would have wanted? In's never been harder to be South

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East commuter, frankly, and even though Transport for London has put

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on 150 extra buses today, still seen faces pressed up against both

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Windows and pinch points. The strike ended about half an hour ago, but as

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one ends, another begins, because the drivers strike, their three-day

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strike on Southern services begins at midnight and even on non-strike

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days, there will be disruption, because of a continuing overtime

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ban. Thank you. Apologies for the sound quality there.

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You can join the debate on our Facebook page and on Twitter

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using the hashtag SouthernStrike and our Local Live pages

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You can see the full debate programme, Southern Rail Crisis,

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this evening at 7.30pm here on BBC One.

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Coming up: happy 70th birthday to Crawley. But how well has the

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Newtown lived up to expectations of what it was founded?

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One of the oldest water-powered lifts in the country

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looks set to close due to a lack of money to address

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The current operators of the Leas Lift in Folkestone,

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which was built in 1885, say they have been left with no

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alternative than to go out of business, a move

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It's carried 35 million passengers in its 131 year history, linking the

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sequence of the promenade. Now the Leas Lift, which uses the weight of

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water to move, looks set to be stopped by modern Health Safety

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rules. A very sad day. I've been here for 15 years. We've worked

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hard, but unfortunately, the old girl is running the best she has

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been for years. But I drove for the last time last week probably, and

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she was running beautifully. The Health and Safety Executive said the

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braking system is not safe enough. It is nothing to do with Health

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Safety gone mad, but for protection of the public and stopping members

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of the public getting killed. If this lift failed, the consequences

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could be quite disastrous. While at the operator says changes would cost

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?80,000 and it does not have the money, nor enough time to find it

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and so will terminate its license agreements with a heavy heart. Is

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like falling in love, is total commitment. You have to work hard at

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it and it takes over your life to a degree. You can not be half-hearted

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about it. Even the drivers can be half-hearted about the way they

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drive it. They have the concentrate and strive it properly every single

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time. -- drive it. It opened in 1885 and closed in 2009 after the council

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found it was too expensive to run. Ditto but in 2010, run by a

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non-profit-making company. I'm sure we can find a way to get is

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operational again. We need to sort it out and that is what we will do.

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But it looks like a rough ride ahead.

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Simon what have the owners had to say?

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It is owned by the Radnor estate and they tell me they are actively

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seeking a long-term solution to secure the future of the lift. The

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local MP has invited them and also the Council and the current

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operators to a meeting. But the big challenges that even if they find

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the ?80,000 for the new braking system, at times, this attraction

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has struggled to make ends meet and relies heavily on the goodwill of

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volunteers, so cash will continue to be an issue. They've already

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mothballed one of the pompous ear, a sign of things to come. Thank you.

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Network Rail has been fined ?800,000 after a track worker was hit

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by a train travelling at 80 miles per hour, suffering

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The man was leading a team of 12 responding to cracks

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on the track with lookouts to protect the group.

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An investigation by the office for rail and road found that work

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which could have been carried out at night when the line was empty,

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was scheduled while fast frequent trains were running.

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Health bosses in Brighton say they are going to stop funding

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painkillers on prescription for some patients to save half

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The Brighton and Hove Clinical commissioning group say they want

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people to think before they book a GP appointment and argue that

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by not paying for paracetamol and ibuprofen, they could

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It can cost as little as 19p to buy a pack of paracetamol

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But on the NHS, an equivalent pack costs ?1.48.

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Processing the prescription, costs around ?28.

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And of course, there's also the gust of the GP appointment

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which works out at around ?36 - a total of ?65.

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Our health correspondent Mark Norman reports.

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Paracetamol and ibuprofen cost four times as much if they are prescribed

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by a GP than if you bought them in the chemist.

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So, this cost me 39p a a few minutes ago, but health bosses

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in Brighton say this costs ?45 for a similar

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drug to be prescribed after

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They want to try and save that money and spend it

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So, it is really about GPs having conversations with patients

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and saying are you in a position to pay for your paracetamol or

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ibuprofen for short-term illnesses such as headaches and things like

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Not for long term conditions, like arthritis.

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But this isn't only about saving money, it's also

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about us, the patients, thinking before we book a appointment with

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Maybe save us some time and save the NHS some money.

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Obviously, it's very difficult sometimes to get a same

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day appointments with your GP if you are feeling unwell.

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And I think understanding some of the costs

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associated with a GP appointments, what those costs are to be NHS I

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think will be quite surprising for many people.

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And when people at this surgery read the leaflet handed out

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to patients, they seemed understanding.

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It's not expensive when you get it from a pharmacy.

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I don't think most people can't afford

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it, as I don't think that is unreasonable.

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I buy it myself, it's cheaper in the pound shop.

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I think it's a good idea, because although

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it doesn't sound like much, some people may struggle for that.

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It's worth noticing that bosses who might

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have started this campaign with painkillers, but they intend to roll

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it out with a series of other medications that may no longer

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Commuters are braced for the Southern Rail network

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to grind to a halt tomorrow as train drivers with the union Aslef take

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Meanwhile, the RMT union and Southern agreed

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to fresh talks after BBC South East's

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Also in tonight's programme: We chat with poet and playwright

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Innua Ellams ahead of his latest performance in Sussex.

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And we have a mild couple of days coming up, but wintry showers by

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Thursday. I will have the details later in the programme.

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the Government made the formal decision that 6,000 acres of Sussex

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farmland should be given over to the creation of a new town

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based around the ancient village of Crawley.

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Today, more than 100,000 people live there.

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Now, as the Government looks to create a new generation of garden

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cities, what lessons have been learned from the

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And has it lived up to the high hopes pinned on is in the 1940s?

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Piers Hopkirk has tonight's special report.

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On the Kent and Sussex border stands the little town of Crawley. Its

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population is around 7000 at his quaint old high Street is among the

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most picturesque in Britain. It is 70 years since Crawley was chosen as

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one of eight new towns. The joint expansion and rural development is

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overcrowding in post-war London. I have much pleasure in opening this

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railed and in naming it. Designed to provide homes for the families and

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business, Crawley was a place that would arrive on the map virtually

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fully formed. The new town was designed by this man and today, his

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son a to see his father's vision. How proud was your father of what he

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had created here? He was very proud. If you produce a town with parks and

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trees and shrubs and nice things to look out, it is going to be a nice

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place to live, and my father was always very keen that the towns that

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he created should be user-friendly and he would like to live in itself.

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His town has been matched and fuelled by the expansion of the

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airport that sits above it, report today suggested Gatwick could

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support 13,000 new jobs by 2025. The future of Crawley and Gatwick is

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absolutely inextricably linked. Around a third of the city's... One

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of the new towns bred is to try to lots of different people and we have

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a great local economy. It is an attractive place to live. It has had

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lots of investment into the town centre recently and the surrounding

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area, and it has got better. Seven a new garden towns are on the way, but

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it was Crawley that was at the forefront of what was a social

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revolution. Piers, were these new towns

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like Crawley considered a success? There has been a lot of aesthetic

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criticism of new towns such as Crawley and buildings like the town

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hall, they are not necessarily to the taste of everybody. But if you

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judge them by population expansion, then Crawley can only be seen as a

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roaring success. This was a new town designed for 50,000 people on the

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current population is 100 and 6000. Thank you.

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Innua Ellams is an award-winning poet and who's making his name

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in this country after leaving Nigeria at the age of 12.

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It sounds like a story in itself and it is.

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experiences swapping life in the Islamic fundamentalist

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Boko Haram territory for England and Ireland in a solo show called

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He also describes himself as a playwright, performer,

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graphic artist and designer and he promises the evening with be

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filled with the ridiculous and fantastical as well as the poignant.

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Robin Gibson has been to meet him ahead if his latest performance

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Given that the smallest prompt, he would be just beyond the reach of

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the lamp light, watching a ring of men, right with beer and laughter...

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No scripts necessary for Innua Ellams, his poems are within him and

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you only have to ask to hear them flood out. A mouse attempting to

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feast with Kings... He has lived here for 20 years. He has made a

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life and reputation he has a poet and playwright. The word

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immigration, the word migration and the word migrant has overwhelmingly

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negative connotations. Such that it feels like an insult. I want to

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strip boy and deconstructs and below that word to smithereens. -- blur

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that word. The this is his way of doing it. Bring it is poetry, life

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story and personality to audiences around the country in a solo show.

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Is seems that the political space in which the show as it has become more

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and more relevant over the last few months. So I am excited to bring it

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to brighten and then take it across the country. And when we lose what

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inhibitions are left, after shredding me with their fingers...

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The show, Evening With An Immigrant, arrives in Brighton for a two night

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stand at the end of the month. We have nephews growing up who wants to

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be like us, who wants to be like men.

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Eastbourne's Johanna Konta is through to the second

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Brighton and Hove Albion comfortably made it through to tonight's draw

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for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup with a to NIL victory over

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Despite wholesale changes to the team on Saturday,

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it's now 18 games since their last defeat, as Neil Bell reports.

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It's not just traditionalists that love the FA Cup.

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The Albions' younger fans have been excited, too.

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Though with 11 changes being made for the game, there was plenty of

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opportunity for some Brighton's fringe players to make a name for

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They may be missing many of their stars,

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but it was two of last season's outstanding performers who

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combined to put Albion in front after just nine minutes.

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The precise shot was even more impressive after more

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Brighton had several opportunities to increase their lead.

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Sidwell's header among the best of them

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and restricted the visitors to little more than the occasional half

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The second half produced more of the same.

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Brighton dominating, but until they scored a second,

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And that came after 72 minutes and it was the Albion's

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Israeli internationals who combined again, this time setting up to put

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In truth, it should have been at war.

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An excellent breakaway saw them squander the game's chance, not

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that that bothered Chris Huyton too much.

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We had to work very hard for it, we got the real big lift at

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getting the goal early and I think that gave us the lift and perhaps

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deflated them a little bit, so early in the game.

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But I thought they had a good spell in that second half,

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but fortunately for us, I felt we finished strong.

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Although promotion is clearly their priority, the

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Albion will be pleased to have made the fourth

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round of the club for the

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seventh time in the last eight seasons.

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And the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup is live

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on BBC to immediately after our programme at 7pm.

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The all important ball number for Brighton and Hove Albion fans

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Maybe by Thursday we could even be seeing snow showers. This week is

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one of two halves. Over the next couple of days -- days, quite mild

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and rainy. It will be quite breezy. The winds coming from a westerly

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direction turn into a North westerly as we head through Wednesday. As we

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end the week, for others, mostly dry and bright on Thursday, but always

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the risk of the odd wintry showers, particularly on higher ground and

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lower ground as well. Feeling bitterly cold by the end of the

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week. A lovely, dry start to today. But we've been seeing this band of

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rain tracking eastwards. Heavy bursts within it. It clears and

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behind it, clearer skies and quite a mild night. Temperatures between a

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3-5 . It will be bright and mild as we start Tuesday. Lots of sunshine

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in the morning. Eventually, those westerly breezes will see further

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outbreaks of rain blowing it, but in the daylight, mostly, we stay dry.

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Lots of sunshine first thing. By the afternoon, cloud cover. Westerly

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breezes, 10-15 mph. Potential double-figure temperatures. The

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mostly, 8-9 . Into Wednesday, outbreaks of rain for a time. By

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clears and the mostly dry start on Wednesday and a mild night.

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Temperatures in rural spot strop into 4-5. On the coast, 6-7.

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Wednesday, dry and mild. The winds swing to a northerly direction and

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as we start Thursday, it feels different. By Thursday afternoon

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temperatures will be 6-7 , but feeling more like 1-2 and bitterly

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cold by the end of the week. We are going to return to the

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situation on the Southern Rail network now. There is a strike to

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starts tomorrow, earlier this evening though, we heard from the MP

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for East Worthing and Shoreham who told us a solution to the dispute

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must be found quickly. It is a nonsense, this strike. They could

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have been settled ages ago and could be settled quickly. The unions need

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to show a willingness to settle it in the interests of the passengers.

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The Government has made a lot of concessions and have said, for

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goodness sake, let us get this settled and address the safety

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issues. We have a report last week saying it is safe so this needn't be

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going on. Our political editor

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Helen Catt joins us now. Still no breakthrough and strikes

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tomorrow? Yes, it seems like an intractable situation. He said there

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that the two side are not that far apart, but they haven't been for

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parts for many months now and the problem is getting them that extra

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last push that comes up with something acceptable to both sides.

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He was implying the unions need to give in, but he needs to be an

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acceptable compromise for both sides to bring an end to the strike. Very

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frustrating. And the debate will be broadcast tonight at 7:30pm on BBC

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One. You can join the debate on Twitter

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all our Facebook page e-mail us. -- or e-mail us. We will have more in

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the situation at 10:30pm tonight. And also an update at APM. -- at

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8:00pm. Good night. we've run at almost

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completely 100% capacity. We've got lots of patients

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now competing. There's no beds. I do the right thing

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all the time in this job, but it's not always

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the right thing for one person. I do the right thing

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for the hospital.

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