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Struggling to cope - a major alert in almost half
of all NHS trusts in England in the first week of the year.
No beds were available, routine surgery was cancelled,
There have been moments in the last two weeks,
like the whole country has had, where it's been quite frightening
for the members of staff, for the nurses, doctors,
for the ambulance crews who are bringing patients in.
And six trusts issued the highest alert -
meaning patient safety could be at risk.
As a storm surge hits the east coast of England,
thousands of people are evacuated from their homes.
Twitter storm - Donald Trump blames US intelligence again,
for releasing allegations linking him with Russia.
The Labour MP Tristram Hunt resigns - triggering a potentially difficult
And Lord Snowdon, the former husband of Princess Margaret and celebrity
And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News:
Diego Costa is dropped by Chelsea.
The striker has been left out of the Premier League leaders' squad
for their match at Leicester, amid rumours of a big
There's been further confirmation of the difficulties within the NHS,
as it's emerged nearly half of all hospitals in England
declared a major alert in the first week of the year.
That means they had no more beds available,
all routine surgery was cancelled, and doctors were
Four out of ten trusts were forced to raise the alarm,
as hospitals and accident and emergency departments
NHS England says six of the trusts overall issued the highest alert,
meaning patients' safety could be at risk.
It's still sore but a lot better than it was.
Here a fractured wrist is dealt with.
Patients waiting and NHS staff doing the best they can
The story here at Northwick Park Hospital in London
Things are a little quieter today, but they know bad weather
could bring a surge in patients this weekend.
This A consultant told me it was the busiest she'd known
There have been moments in the last two weeks,
like the whole country has had, where actually it's been quite
frightening for members of staff, for the nurses, for the doctors,
for the ambulance crews who are bringing patients in,
and there have been moments where it has been very sticky.
But we have managed as best as we can and everybody has
Today's figures from NHS England showed that last week 43%
of hospitals had declared a major alert.
That means when help's required to handle patient numbers
16% faced this serious pressure every day of last week.
After a difficult few days, the Prime Minister was asked again
We have acknowledged that the NHS is under pressure.
We always see increased pressures in the NHS over winter periods.
That is why in preparing for winter the period this time ?400 million
was put in to ensure that winter preparedness.
But the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will argue in a speech tomorrow
that the government must invest more in social care to ease
the pressure on what he calls a danger zone for the NHS.
In Northern Ireland, nearly four in ten patients waited
more than four hours in A during the Christmas period.
In Wales, latest data showed nearly one in five patients were waiting
Scotland was performing better than those levels and England's
in the holiday week, but at this Glasgow hospital
pregnant women were turned away yesterday and sent to other
maternity units, because of a high level of general admissions.
Management said safety was maintained at all times.
Back at Northwick Park, a traffic light style
screen monitors hospitals across the capital,
As you can see there are some hospitals under
real pressure right now, and that's indicated by the black.
This is the sort of thing you will find in most
hospitals each day - ambulance crews queueing
in a corridor with patients, waiting to hand them over.
They are in a safe situation, but there is no room in the accident
and emergency unit at this stage for them to be treated or assessed.
The message is they're coping for now, but they know a flu
outbreak could make life even tougher on the front line.
Thousands of people living on the east coast of England have
been evacuated and had an anxious wait, as the emergency services
prepared for severe flooding caused by a tidal surge.
Preparations have been underway since yesterday,
with the Army helping police forces and volunteers to bolster
But tonight, as high tide has peaked along most of the coast,
Sophie Long reports from Great Yarmouth.
Right along the east coast of England waves battering seaside
towns. Streets have been submerged in water, as the tidal surge
breached the wall. Hearing Great Yarmouth people build sandbags late
into the evening. Last-minute precautions to protect their
properties. From early this morning people
in Great Yarmouth braved the cold and snow to prepare for worse,
potentially life-threatening, Emergency services knocked
on thousands of doors, A little bit worried,
but this happened a couple of years ago and we got evacuated
and it was all OK, thankfully, because they'd
built the defences up. Fingers crossed the Environment
Agency have done a good job and built the defences well enough
to protect us, but who knows? We live over the road and we do get
flooded quite a bit. As long as we've got
the sandbags for now... We've moved everything upstairs
so it's a waiting game. In Essex, police activated a full
evacuation plan at Jaywick, And emergency services were poised
to assist anyone in need. The Environment Agency warned people
not to be complacent. The issue with a storm surge is it
really is about the high winds coinciding with what would be
high tides anyway. And if you get that,
you get really high levels, but that can be very changeable
through the day. So we're forecasting as closely
as we can and watching it through, but it is really important that
people stay alert because some of these high tides will happen very
late through tonight. Police urged people to comply with
their instructions, to head to centres like this one, in the
relative safety of daylight. Some needed less persuasion than others.
There was no question, the moment I needed to go, I left, I left my
phone behind, everything else, more or less. As long as I was safe, that
was all that mattered. Earlier, waves crashed over the lighthouse
here and breached the walls in Scarborough, forcing those who chose
not to stay away to run for cover. And much of Whitby has been drenched
in water, as communities up and down the country battle against the
elements. You can see how high the water got here but that is now
starting to recede. And tomorrow, people will be able to return to
their homes and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief. Further down the
coast, to the south of here, people are still bracing themselves. In
Essex high water is not due until after midnight. People there are the
worst still could be to come. Sofia Great Yarmouth, thank you.
Donald Trump has accused political opponents -
including members of his own Republican Party -
of putting together a dossier of what he called "totally made up"
In a series of tweets, the President-elect
described those behind the allegations as "sleazebags".
He also singled out the former British intelligence officer
believed to be responsible for the dossier, calling
From Washington, Nick Bryant reports.
They are storylines that could easily come from a Cold War spy
thriller and plot twists involving sex allegations and potential
Russian blackmail that even the TV series House of Cards might baulk
But this is reality, not a show, and the first episode of Trump,
The Presidency, airs in just one week's time.
At Trump Tower today, he was commending his nominees, many of
whom have been fiercely critical this week of Russia.
I could have said, do this, say that.
Before dawn came a gale force Twitter storm.
It turns out the phoney allegations against me were put out by my
political allegations, totally made up facts by sleazebag political
operatives, both Democrats and Republicans. Russia says nothing
exists. Footage has come to light
of Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer who produced
the dossier, at an event He is now in hiding,
apparently fearing for his life. Former colleagues have
defended his professionalism. It is certain that what he has
reported is something He recognises that this is raw
intelligence and needs validation, and it needs
further explanation. On Capitol Hill today,
lawmakers received a behind closed doors briefing on the unverified
dossier, and Russia's alleged interference in the
presidential election. And many left demanding
more answers. The American people
are owed the truth. And there is a great deal
of evidence to say that this is an issue of high interest
to the American people, the strength, the integrity
of our own democracy. And there is yet more intrigue,
a senior US official confirming today there were frequent contacts
between Donald Trump's top national security
adviser and Russia's ambassador here in Washington, and that the contacts
took place on the day that President Obama expelled dozens
of Russian officials in retaliation for
the alleged hacking. It again raises questions
about the Trump team's All this as Barack Obama
performs his final acts, one of which took his deputy
completely by surprise. I am pleased to award
our nation's highest civilian honour, the
Presidential Medal of Freedom. Joe Biden couldn't
contain his emotions. It was a parting
presidential gift that I can say I was part
of the journey of a remarkable man who did remarkable
things for this country. It has always been a city
of political farewells, and this time next week, this
capital, this country, will be under This time next week Donald Trump
will have taken his oath of office, delivered his inaugural address, sat
behind his new desk in the Oval Office. We got a clear sense tonight
of how dramatically things will change. The house of Representatives
voted to start the process of dismantling and destroying
Obamacare. Now that was the signature domestic achievement of
his presidency. What he hoped would be the centrepiece of his
legislative legacy. Now arguably to be a truly transformative president,
your major reforms need to stay on the books, to stand the test of
time. But the Republicans set a deadline tonight for preparing the
legislation to repeal Obamacare and that timetable is two weeks. Nick
Bryant in Washington, thank you. Labour's former education spokesman
Tristram Hunt is resigning as an MP, triggering a by-election
in his Stoke constituency, an area which voted for Brexit
and where Ukip came second Mr Hunt, who's leaving to become
director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London,
had been critical of Today, Mr Corbyn said he was looking
forward to the by-election campaign. Stay with Labour, convinced
they will lose, or walk away His leader doesn't like it
but for this famous TV historian, when I caught up with him in Stoke
today, this job offer It's a very tough decision
to leave Stoke-on-Trent. But being director of the Victoria
and Albert Museum, the greatest museum of art and design,
was my dream job and was not You have been clear that Labour
is heading for trouble You haven't changed
your mind, have you? I have had differences with Jeremy
in the past but I am off to be a museum director,
an impartial director of a great museum, and so it is not the time
to rehearse those differences now. You told Jeremy Corbyn you were
stepping down earlier today. I spoke to Jeremy this morning
and he was incredibly gracious, he was interested in the job,
he was interested in the Victoria... And also, I imagine,
rather disappointed? He was pulling his punches today
but his verdict on Labour's leader We are facing an historic wipe-out
of the Labour Party. Today, Jeremy Corbyn is glossing
over troubles ahead. No, I do not want anyone to resign,
I don't want to lose MPs but he has taken this position as director
of the V Good luck to him, and we
will have a by-election. Yet here in the Staffordshire
potteries, Stoke is just the kind of industrial city where many
working class voters feel overlooked, on the wrong side
of the global economy. Most voted for Brexit
here and Ukip came second by 5500 Labour has never lost
here but ask anyone, this will be a hard test for Labour
and its leader. Ukip, Labour, it will
always be in the balance Is Labour going to have a tough
time holding on here? Traditional Labour voters do not
know how to vote now, Tristram Hunt has left fundamentally
because he feels he has a brighter future away from Jeremy Corbyn
and the Labour Party. We are confident there
is a large number of voters in the Stoke Central constituency
that will feel exactly the same way. For Labour, this is a difficult
time for a by-election. It is in a tough place,
and it is not the only one. Some Labour MPs I have spoken
to have told me they are either preparing to quit politics before
the next election, or resigned Labour will have to throw
everything into this campaign, which, if they fail,
will make losing all Just now, this fight will gauge,
can Labour hold its ground, or are traditional supporters
turning their backs Lord Snowdon, the former husband
of Princess Margaret and celebrity The first commoner to marry a king's
daughter for 450 years, the then Anthony Armstrong Jones
married Princess Margaret in 1960. Theirs was the first royal
marriage to be televised. But they separated after 16 years
and eventually divorced. Nicholas Witchell looks
back at his life. He was the society photographer
who took pictures of the royal family, and who married one
of its leading members. It was in 1960 at the start
of a decade of considerable social change, that the then
Anthony Armstrong-Jones married the Queen's younger
sister, Princess Margaret. He was an untitled commoner,
she was the princess who, a few years earlier,
had had to renounce her love for a royal official
because he was divorced. With unbounded enthusiasm, acclaimed
Princess Margaret and her husband, The couple brought glamour
to the British royal family. This was them on a visit
to San Francisco. A-list celebrities before the term
had really been invented, presenting an image of Britain more
in keeping with the Although he became the Earl
of Snowdon, he continued This was a portrait he took of his
wife wearing a tiara in the bath. He photographed many
showbiz figures. One of his proudest achievements
was the aviary at London Zoo. The Queen wanted above all else her
sister's happiness and her sister seemed to have found happiness
with this very different young man who was extremely artistic,
very talented, and I think people By the late 1960s, the couple had
two children, but their marriage was in serious difficulty -
both were having affairs. In 1976 Lord Snowdon announced
that he and Princess Naturally, desperately
sad in every way. Throughout his life he campaigned
on behalf of disabled people and in latter years,
despite his own increasing frailty, he retained his
passion for photography. I like these ones
because they are simple. He could look back on a life
notable for his marriage into the royal family,
but which had also produced many Memorable images, among them
this one of the Queen, which ended up on Britain's postage
stamps, or this relaxed 80th birthday portrait,
taken at his home. As for the photographer himself,
he shared the view of many I'm always relieved
that they come out! Lord Snowdon, who has
died at the age of 86. A brief look at some of the day's
other other news stories. Turkey has ruled out withdrawing
all of its troops from Cyprus as part of any reunification deal,
unless all Greek troops The two sides have been
holding talks aimed The island was divided
between Turkey and Greece in 1974. The FTSE 100 index of leading shares
has closed at yet another new high. It's finished the day
up 45 points, at 7338. It's the 12th record
high in as many days. The record-breaking run has been
driven by the weakening pound, due to the ongoing uncertainty over
Brexit. French authorities have launched
an investigation into Renault, over allegations they tried to cheat
emissions tests with some A newborn baby girl abducted from a
hospital in Florida 18 years ago has been found safe and well. Police say
DNA tests have proved her true identity. Her real family cried with
joy when told she had been found in a house in South Carolina. A
51-year-old woman has been charged with her kidnap.
Theresa May is expected to deliver a key speech on Brexit next week,
with just two months left until she's expected
to trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union.
One of the areas up for negotiation is freedom of movement,
which allows EU citizens to live and work here, and vice versa.
Many who voted Brexit oppose it, claiming it costs British jobs.
It's a debate that's also being played out in the Netherlands,
where the Deputy Prime Minister has told the BBC he believes
the system is open to abuse and needs reforming,
500 years old, a fort in Amsterdam and a reminder of a time
when Europe's borders were the subject of wars, not
Those borders are open now, open to workers who live
in the EU to work within any other member state.
But that has led to controversy over wages being undercut,
I met one of the Netherlands' top politicians and asked him why
You can find a Romanian or Portuguese painter doing
the exact same work as a Dutch painter who is standing
right next to him, who is allowed to earn 200,
300, 400 euros less than the Dutch worker.
But that means, of course, that the Dutch painter is out
And it means that the support for the principle,
which is in essence good, is eroding.
Immigration is not a new issue for Europe.
This hotel was built 100 years ago to house economic migrants
from Eastern Europe on their way to South America to pick coffee.
The search for an economic better life is as old as history.
But today history is dominated by that search, a core part
The free movement debate has become increasingly controversial.
It is one of the four principles of the European Union.
The other three are free movement of money, goods and services.
Agreeing to all four principles is necessary to be
a member of the economically important single market.
For some sectors, like flower picking, immigrants are necessary,
but union leaders say there is a problem of cheap Labour
The Polish worker is hired by a Dutch employer in the Netherlands,
there is full and equal treatment, according to Dutch
But if this Polish worker is hired by a temporary agency based
in Warsaw and then he is brought with a bus to work in
the agriculture, then all of a sudden he is falling under
different rules and that is really creating havoc.
With leading politicians in the Netherlands at least willing
to have a debate about free movement, could Theresa May
find some willing allies as she launches her battle to keep
open trade relationships with the EU without keeping open borders?
We have always been allies and we are very important trading
We should not go out there to punish the Brits.
He wants Europe to reflect on why Brexit happened.
He doesn't want to close borders, he doesn't want Britain
But he does want to make reform of free movement a key
part of the UK's exit from the European Union.
It was intended as a light-hearted drama about a rumoured road trip
which Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor
But the choice of a white actor, Joseph Fiennes, to play Jackson,
The programme prompted criticism from the late
pop star's daughter, an online petition, and today,
Sky decided to drop the show, as Colin Paterson reports.
I sensed danger. This is all that audiences are going to see Joseph
Fiennes playing Michael Jackson, two clips from a trailer for a new sky
show, urban myths. Today, sky announced they will no longer be
broadcasting the episode. The reason, concerns expressed by
Michael Jackson's immediate family, adding that they never intended to
cause any offence, and that Joseph Fiennes fully supports the decision.
Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, was asked on Twitter what she made
of a white actor taking on the role of herb black father. She said she
was incredibly offended and it made her want to vomit. The Scottish
actor, Brian Cox, plays Marlon Brando in the show and thinks the
decision for it to be dropped is ridiculous, especially when this
year's hottest ticket is Hamilton, a musical where a predominantly black
and Hispanic cast play America's White founding fathers. It is a
celebration of a historical event from a very extraordinary
perspective, so it is telling an amazing story, but doing it in a
diverse way. So the idea that people get hot under the collar about
Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson, I think is truly, truly
ridiculous. It is almost a year since Michael Jackson died but he
still has legions of devoted fans, many of whom come to the National
football Museum to see this statue, which used to be outside Fulham's
ground. Stories about him make headlines around the world, but this
is far from the first time a white performer has played him in a
comedy. Lee Francis' take on Michael Jackson was a huge part of a Channel
4 comedy show. While one of the biggest names in US comedy, Amy
Poehler, regularly impersonated him on Saturday Night Live. It's just
the flu, Liz Taylor, I'll be back on my feet soon. When probably the most
famous black performer certainly ever is being cast, they still cast
a middle-class white guy. I can understand why people would be
annoyed by that. It's believed that the decision for Sky to drop the
episode was made at the top of the organisation. They insist it is a
matter of taste, not censorship. Now on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.