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The Prime Minister is warning GPs they could face funding cuts,
if they don't keep surgeries open for longer to meet
The Government says many people are going to hard-pressed accident
and emergency departments because they can't
Doctors leaders accuse the Government of failing to address
Our political correspondent Tom Barton reports.
The news from the NHS last week wasn't good.
Now there's a suggestion from Number Ten that part
of the cause is that family doctors just aren't open for long enough.
A Downing Street spokesman said, "It is increasingly clear that
a large number of surgeries are not providing the access that patients
need and that patients are suffering as a result".
And so ministers are proposing withholding extra funding from GPs
who can't show they're offering appointments at the times
The Government sees GPs as key to reducing pressure on hospitals,
pointing to figures which suggest that nearly 30% of patients at A
But those who represent GPs see today's announcement as an attack
There's no point in blaming hard-working doctors
There's no point blaming one part of the system when clearly,
we know what the reasons for the problems are.
The reasons are we have too few doctors - lower
So patients who are in hospital can't come out into the community.
Jeremy Corbyn today defended GPs and argued the solution to pressure
in hospitals is to improve funding in the care system.
A Labour Government would give social care the funding it needs
and give a firm commitment to take failed private care homes
into public ownership to maintain the social care protection
It's the very least we can do to guarantee dignity for people
who have given so much to our country.
Ministers say stopping people from using A inappropriaty should ease
pressure on hospitals and they say other parts of the NHS including GPs
must play their part in making that happen.
Residents in parts of the east coast of England have been returning
to their homes after escaping largely unscathed from a tidal storm
in Great Yarmouth, following fears of significant flooding.
There are no longer severe flood alerts although more than a hundred
Our correspondent Alex Dunlop is in Great Yarmouth.
How are things there, Alex? Well, not too bad. This river flows
through Great Yarmouth. It is calm now, but at 9.30pm last night, at
the peak of the high tide, there was 13 inches from topping the defence.
The waters have receded and apart from a few pockets of isolated
flooding, Great Yarmouth has escaped the worst of the surge. However, at
Hornsea in East Yorkshire, 30 properties were flooded and three
people had to be saved from a car that was trapped in five-feet of
water on the sea-front after the water overtopped the sea defences.
We had 17 severe flood warnings in place. Now, there are none. So, a
huge relief for coastal communities down the East Coast, but emergency
services say that this was a close call.
Alex, thank you very much. Now a cross-party group of MPs has
called on the Government to publish its Brexit plan
by mid-February at the latest. The Exiting the EU Committee also
called for transitional arrangements to smooth Britain's departure
from the European Union. Our Business Correspondent
Joe Lynam reports. Britain's biggest industries
employing millions of people have long been calling for some sort
of transitional arrangement They needed to avoid a sudden change
in the rules post Brexit. Now, they've got support
from a key group of MPs We think that any return to tariffs
or bureaucratic obstacles would not be in the interests of British
business and the committee believes that transitional arrangements
will be needed to smooth the process as we leave the European
Union particularly, if there were to be any
changes to the way we trade The Brexit committee of MPs says
the Government should set out by mid-February whether it aims
to remain in the single market It should press for a transitional
arrangement with the EU if it can't secure a full deal within the two
year time frame. Crucially the committee said
that the Government should offer MPs a vote on whatever is agreed
at the end of the negotiation. But some lobby groups
dismissed the idea. We should spend the two years
of negotiations on the financial services and ensuring
the City is OK. We don't need
a transitional arrangement. The Government said we will set
out our plans by the end of March and that Parliament will be
appropriately engaged throughout the process of exit,
abiding by all constitutional Next week, Theresa May gives
a big speech on Britain's At the same time, the Supreme Court
could decide whether she, or all MPs in Parliament will decide
whether and when to formally A teenager stolen as a newborn baby
from a Florida hospital 18 years ago has been found in South Carolina.
Kamiyah Mobley was found after a tip-off and DNA tests confirmed her
real identity. The woman who raised her has been charged with
kidnapping. This is Kamiyah Mobley with the
woman who she believed was her mother. She seemed a normal and
happy family living in a quiet part of South Carolina. But today, her
mother, Gloria Williams is under arrest, charged with kidnapping her
after she was born 18 years ago and giving her a false identity. In
South Carolina, we found an 18-year-old, young woman, with the
same date of birth, but a different name. So further investigation
revealed that fraudulent documents were used to establish that young
woman's identity. In interviews with people, it supported the possibility
that this young woman maybe Kamiyah Mobley. After she was born in this
hospital in Florida in 1998, Kamiyah Mobley was abducted by a woman
posing as a nurse. But it was only last year, that police received a
tip which eventually led to the arrest. For her biological family, a
moment of huge relief. She sounds so intelligent and so respectful and
she says she will be here to see us. For Kamiyah, disbelief, that the
mother she loved as a mother is now being accused as her abductor.
Now let's get a round-up of the latest sports news
with Mike Bushell at the BBC Sports Centre.
Spurs can go second in the Premier League this lunchtime,
for a day at least, if they can beat West Brom at White Hart lane.
They're approaching half-time and Tottenham have continued
where they left off last week against Chelsea with Harry Kane
And they were helped to a second when West Brom's Gareth McCauley
Questions are being raised about Diego Costa's future at Chelsea.
He hasn't travelled with the team for their match at Leicester today.
It follows a disagreement between the player and coach
about his fitness, but comes amid reports of a huge money offer
The reported offer of ?30 million a year is more than the sum that
tempted Oscar to leave Chelsea for China.
Ahead of the Australian Open that starts on Monday,
Britain's Dan Evans has lost in the final of the warm-up event,
But it was his first ATP Tour final and after his run this week,
Evans is already guaranteed to climb to a new career-high ranking,
He saved two set points, against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg
before losing the opening set on a tie-break.
Evans couldn't recover in the second as he lost
Tonight in New York, James DeGale will attempt to unify boxing's
super-middleweight division against Badou Jack.
DeGale was the first British boxer to win an Olympic gold medal
But even that hasn't yet made him a household name,
In the bustling streets of London and anonymity is the norm. Even for
Olympic Gold Medallists and world champions. James DeGale enjoys that
luxury which is surprising given his record. Listen, I don't want to blow
my own trumpet, but my results speak for itself. Being Olympic world
champion and now I'm about to unify the world. Do I get enough
recognition? Probably not, but it's coming.
Arguably recognition might have come sooner had it not been for this man,
Anthony Joshua, an Olympic Gold Medallist four years after DeGale at
London 2012 and now a world champion too. I always say I have done it the
hard way like, just look at our Olympic Games. It went to Beijing. I
went away from home. COMMENTATOR: And James DeGale is the
Olympic champion. Anthony Joshua won it at home. I boxed a former bronze
medallist at the Olympics. My journey has been similar, but I've
done it the harder way and Anthony Joshua is a fantastic fighter and he
will be a superstar. Superstar Dom would follow for DeGale with a win
in New York, but it demands a certain approach. My mum says all
boxers are mad because when I'm in camp, she called me De Gold because
she says I change as a person. I'm a diva, I'm like rude. Those traits
haven't gone unnoticed in the States, but DeGale embraces,
anything to help him reach his goals. I'm dreaming about this. I'm
ticking off the boxes and I will become the first Olympic Gold
Medallist from Britain. Now it is time to unify and be the man. A win
might bring some of the recognition that DeGale deserves.
And Sam Sunderland has won the Dakar Rally bikes
classification, making him the first British rider to win
More on that historic win in Sportsday on BBC News at 6.30pm,
The next news on BBC One is at 5.20pm.
Good afternoon. Well, throughout the weekend we're
going to lose the cold wintry weather that we have seen of late
and replace it with something milder, but wetter. There is some
cloud around and a few nuisance showers it has to be said. Those
showers have been driven in by a north-westerly wind across the Irish
Sea and into north-west