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Is the national Health Service really national? Absolutely, there


is a postcode lottery. It is not about clinical need, but about some


places in England having poorer systems, having budgetary pressures.


That does not field to national to me.


The mental health sufferers who are helping themselves.


It is hard. It is hard because people don't see it, because we do


not have two head or anything. We look normal, whatever normal is.


You hide it. You do hide it to well sometimes, because people don't


understand how horrible it is. And Brighton's i360. Is it a gem of


the South coast or a terrible eyesore?


Isn't it vile? Isn't it a disgusting insult to the heritage that you can


see surrounding us as priest Anglia? I am Natalie Graham, with untold


stories from all around the south-east. This is Inside Out.


Hello and welcome to the programme. It's great to be back, and today, we


come to you from Deal in Kent. So like, we're taking because a the get


health care, as budgets tighten and patient numbers racket. There is


pressure to ration treatment. So we are asking, if the NHS still a


National Service? Does where you live now matter more than ever when


it comes to getting the care that you need? Chris Jackson reports.


The NHS is facing a significant financial challenge in its history.


There are fears the service we have grown up with is beginning to


fragment. It's criminal.


Absolutely criminal. This is the start.


This is going to get worse. So is the NHS in danger of


ceasing to be a national service where everyone is entitled


to the same care? But is it becoming a postcode


lottery where access can It feels like my bones


are screaming at me at times. 33-year-old Ben Franklin


has Hepatitis C. The virus can cause


life-threatening liver damage. I could possibly lose


the flat over my head. There are new drugs that could


potentially cure Ben s hepatitis. All I got was, "wait,"


because my liver wasn't bad enough. The money is there for just


over 10,000 treatments. It's claimed that means


there are no queues in parts of the North and long waits


in places like London. Two people with exactly the same


state of liver damage could present themselves in different parts


of the country and in one, they'll be able to walk in and get


hepatitis C treatment immediately, And in another part of the country,


a makeover and he told sorry, And in another part of the country,


they may go there and he told sorry, NHS England told us it was regularly


reallocating unused hepatitis C treatments to places


with waiting lists. The number of patients treated


will increase by 25% next year. So Ben is taking the risk


of treating himself with cheaper The fact that I had to pay


for my treatment... I'm tired of being tired, basically.


Sorry. Ben is hoping the generic drug will


kill him within a matter of weeks. Ben is hoping the generic drug will


cure him within a matter of weeks. The Hepatitis C Trust estimates that


around 1,000 people in Britain may Gloria McShane has


cataracts in both eyes. I can't take stairs,


go up or down stairs Cataracts are supposed


to be treated within four Gloria, who lives in the north-east,


says she's been waiting seven. Because there is such


potential for accidents, and there is such a change


in a person's mood. If Gloria had lived in Luton,


her weight could have been If Gloria had lived in Luton,


her wait could have been as little as 15 days.


A postcode lottery? Absolutely, there is


a postcode lottery. It's not about clinical need,


it's about some places in England having poorer systems,


having budgetary pressures and That doesn't feel


too national to me. Gloria expects to get her


operation later this month. It really makes me angry,


because I think that it is almost Clinical Commissioning Groups,


or CCGs, control health budgets. It's claimed some are delaying


treatments like cataract surgery Others are requiring patients


to lose weight before getting Postponing an operation


in these circumstances can And whilst the CCGs say it can be


clinically justified, the Royal College of Surgeons


say it can't. There's a very good evidence that


people are now not getting elective operations simply


because of financial restrictions. These are operations that they


desperately sometimes require. It is up to the clinicians


to decide who should have what treatments,


and therefore, a bureaucratic system that produces a blanket


ban is morally wrong. It's also claimed new systems


for vetting appointments with specialists are another


form of rationing. Last month, MPs complained


about a private company being paid ?10 for every GP


referral they stopped. This is rationing by the back door


and has the potential The same private company oversees


referrals in North Tyneside. We've spoken to doctors


who say the system is The GPs, who fear speaking out,


told us that cancer I tried to get a patient


referred to a dermatologist. The referral management


service said it was a skin lesion, and rejected it.


That was a disaster. It was a nasty,


invasive skin cancer. They are putting up barriers,


using delaying tactics. It's getting between the doctor


and the specialist. In a statement, North Tyneside


CCG said there was: Cancer referrals do not go through


the system under me to the hospital. The number of referrals knocked


back to GPs in England has risen by about 30%


in the last two years. You can see the details


of our research online. Shortage and regional difference


have always been part of the NHS. Today, the differences


could get much worse. The NHS is under an unprecedented


level of pressure at the moment. If it doesn't get more funding,


waiting times are going to get longer, the quality of


patient care is going to suffer. So we will see different


decisions taken in different parts of the country,


and different services So, is the NHS still


a National Service? One of our most prominent


medics is clear. No, it's not a national service,


it is now a local health service. I think it matters, because it leads


to inequality in health care. Some people will get health care


for free and others won't. In a statement, the Department of


Health told us that far from rationing, more people than ever are


getting treated. 3000 cancer patients more are being seen every


day, and standards of care are improving.


We asked the Health Secretary and NHS England for an interview. Both


declined. The people actually paying for NHS services, the clinical


commissioners, did agree to speak. It's a national service


with local variation based Demographically, populations


vary quite significantly It's really important


that we commission and respond to the needs of that population


on a local basis. It's about making sure


that the pathway is correct. We have limited resources,


so it's really important that the resources we have,


we spend more effectively, getting For those forced to take


their own action, rationing Chris Jackson reporting. Coming up


on Inside Out the people who hate Brighton's i360 take a trip to the


top. Excited? Thrills, thrilled! The adrenaline is buzzing.


Now, last week, in a major speech, Theresa May said "If you suffer


"from mental health problems, there's not enough help to hand".


Well, there's a group of sufferers in East Kent


In fact, they have decided to take matters into their own hands


In a church hall in Deal, Liz is getting things off her chest.


It's dark in the morning, dark in the evening and my pain's


It's a shame you don't live any closer to us, isn't it?


This group of people meet every week, and the reason they get


together is because they all have mental health problems and they're


The group is called Talk it Out and it's run by Tracy Carr.


Although you'd expect it to be like you're all sitting


round in a circle like saying "I'm so and so" and it's not,


We managed to get each other on Facebook, because the thing


was I added the wrong person by mistake.


The weekly sessions are totally self-funded and self-organised.


We're going to look at what they do, why they feel it's necessary


and whether they are the right people to try and help one another.


People like Liz, she's been coming since the group


She wanted to tell us why with the rest of


I lost my auntie who was nearly 96, which was good,


because it was a good age, but she sort of took over


from when my mum left and I lost her ?


and then a month after that, my daughter had a baby


girl and she passed away at three days old.


You've got a group out here who cares, who doesn't care how


you are, what you look like, what's inside your head or what's


not, we're all the same, you know, "a bunch of nutters".


But you know we're there for each other and when you don't get any


help out there from mental health services, money whatever, time,


enough people, our group is there for you and you can't put


It's all right, don't be sorry, you doughnut.


You're stuck with us lot, anyway, for good.


The Prime Minister Theresa May recently put mental health


For Toulon, mental illness has been something of a hidden injustice in


our country. Shrouded in completely unacceptable stigma and dangerously


disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health.


Tracy, who runs the group, has no problem with the work of GPs.


But she says there is a gap between seeing a GP and actually


getting specialist psychiatric treatment, a gap which her voluntary


For instance, say you go to the doctors, you're


suffering with depression, you need some kind of therapy,


then in an ideal world you would go straight on to therapy,


Some of our group members have been waiting up to six


Some of our group members have been waiting up to six months.


But the mental health campaigning charity SANE say people who have


mental health problems shouldn't have to rely on small


Well, we don't believe that groups like this, like Talk it Out,


should actually have to take a responsibility of people


The failure of the psychiatric services to look after people


in crisis has become a scandal in Kent as in other areas.


The local CCG her say they have invested more money into local


health services in the area. I'm absolutely committed to


improving services in deal, and at the moment, I'm sorry to hear that


people feel they have been let down. We have in listening to what people


tell us, and we are one year into a five-year programme of completely


turning over and improving we offer to people who live in Deal. Of


looking after people with mental health problems and Tracy's


responsibility, then why does she do it? Well, she used to be Deal's


Mayoress, but never enjoy the limelight. She suffers from anxiety.


I had a really bad breakdown in my early 20s, and had a complete


broke down and I needed my mum, and broke down and I needed my mum, and


that happened again in my early 40s. It's hard, because people can't see


it. We don't have two head or anything, we just look normal.


Whatever normal is. You hide it. We Whatever normal is. You hide it. We


do hide it, sometimes too well, because people don't understand. I


have been OK. Yesterday was not too good, but I have pulled through that


and I am better now. Meanwhile, other members of the group are


talking it out. John has Asperger's syndrome,


and feels socially excluded. Since coming to the group,


I have felt a bit different and I can even travel by myself


and I can go and use my bus pass I take with me,


my dad says I look like convict 101 on this, you know, have you seen


this man, believed to be Another member of the group is


Kelly. She joined because she has post-traumatic stress disorder,


caused by her former partner. Every day I thought I was going


to die, I'd try anything to get out of an argument -


even sexual things sometimes, I was completely


controlled and intimidated. That was bad enough,


but after a night out, On the way home, her partner


started questioning her We got in, he carried


on questioning. There was an empty champagne bottle,


Sainsbury's own champagne bottle that we'd had in the week,


picked it up and whacked me round the leg with it and then over


the head with it about four times. And then I got up to go


to the bathroom to try and slow the bleeding down,


he pushed me around the house. Then he wanted to go to


this mate's house of mine, so I went with him, thought,


I'm bleeding, I'm going to die, On getting to the house,


I didn't realise Chris had brought a knife with him and on just


entering the friend's house, Her boyfriend was arrested and given


a 14 year sentence for seven violent offences.


I was thinking the other day actually, you know,


five years now we've been here and you were one of our first.


I'm still having some therapy, which is going all right.


You've got a lot going on, especially next year as well.


The people I've met say the group is helping them,


but most of the volunteers are not trained councillors


but most of the volunteers are not trained counsellors


Apart from one retired psychotherapist, none


No, our qualification is that we live with it,


I mean, you can read anything in a text book,


but it's not the same as living with it.


We know exactly what we want and what we need.


The latest figures from Public Health England show that the suicide


rate in Kent is higher than the national average, and people who say


they are suicidal contacting Tracey through the Talk It Out Facebook


page. Mainly with Facebook, I had taken over that.


Mainly with the Facebook group, it's "I've taken


One of the comments here: "Help, please, I need


Oh, another one here: "I'm so tired fighting my demons,


I just don't want my nephew to hurt or my family to hurt,


so that's why I'm still here, because they're the last thing


I think of before I end up feeling too suicidal.


Even though I still have bouts of not wanting to be


here any more or can't cope, but I do somehow.


I just sleep it off or just hide away for a few days,


recuperate a little bit and then I get a bit fed up with it


so I'm like "I'm here world, here I am again".


Tracy says she gets around four appeals for help every week.


There's over 100 people on our group page,


so that'll just escalate over the winter.


Would you say all those 100 people have felt the NHS hasn't


I think every single person has felt the NHS hasn't given what they need.


I'm very happy to hear about this group, because they are providing


support to people who are in a bad way. I'd like to be able to help


them more. I'd like to be able to give them more recognition and more


support. In terms of money, we are in such a difficult time at the


moment, but at the same time, I would be very happy to sit with


them, to listen to them. But yes, we need to improve what we are doing.


night, a group of people know they night, a group of people know they


can bring their troubles to a church hall in Deal and Talk It Out.


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last year and cost ?46 million. But last year and cost ?46 million. But


in a city known for its eccentric in a city known for its eccentric


architecture, it has been a controversial development. So, eight


months after it opened, have the doubters changed their minds?


It's the world's tallest moving observation tower, standing 162


Its first summer season has hit some highs.


We had 100,000 visitors in the first four weeks.


And lows, with the ride getting stuck several times.


The i360 is a little bit like Marmite here


in Brighton and Hove - it completely divides opinion.


Absolutely incredible, you can see so much more


Isn't it a disgusting insult to the heritage,


These three Brighton residents, Matt, Rebecca and David are amongst


many who don't have a very high opinion of the structure.


I don't think it fits in with the seafront at all.


The i360 was the grand plan of architects and entrepreneurs


David Marks and Julia Barfield, the husband and wife team


After visiting many cities across the world,


they landed on Brighton, and chose the site of the old west


Our concept for the i360 was very much a phoenix type


It's taking the horizontal pier and lifting it up like that.


Whereas on the horizontal pier people paraded out,


they walked on water, Victorian society could promenade,


we're taking it 21st century, people are walking on air,


Our three critics are unimpressed with the i360, but despite that,


we've asked them to take a trip to the top to


So how are we feeling about going up, excited?


Thrilled, thrilled! You know the adrenaline is buzzing.


The tower consists of 17 steel "cans" or tubes made in Rotterdam.


It's less than four metres wide, making it the most slender


The viewing pod is 10 times bigger than a London Eye capsule.


But many feel this construction doesn't sit well


What about the argument about how that industrial architecture fits


One of the most exciting views of the project is actually


of the toll booths with the pod in the background, it's that kind


of conversation between the old and the new which I think


There's at least one positive for David.


From here, you can actually spot some parking spaces!


I still don't understand how they got planning permission


considering how many people have this in their line of sight.


Planning permission was granted ten years ago.


There's been no real consultation with the residents


It was a six-month consultation period, so it was an incredibly


detailed planning application and consultation process that took


place and I don't think anyone was excluded from that.


The architects secured a loan of ?4 million and put up ?6 million of


their own money, but still needed an extra ?36 million.


So the city council came up with an idea.


They borrowed the money from central government


They then lent the money onto the architects and charged them


The council should earn ?1 million a year from the difference between the


two interest rates. They say they will spend it regenerating the


seafront. But if the company can't repay the loan back to the council,


what happens then? Is there any situation


in which someone would have to bail It would have to be a situation


where we get no visitors at all, I mean, or less than 50%


of the visitors we've projected, but the evidence so far


is we're on track with that, but the evidence so far


is we're on track with that. So now they're at the top,


what's the final verdict Yeah, I was divided


at the start with the whole There's something quite serene


and relaxing about being this high up and looking out


onto the South Downs as well. I'm still slightly torn. Because it


is an amazing view. It does look incredible. But I can't stop


thinking about if I looked thinking about if I looked


underneath it and looked at it all the time. I'm not convinced Brighton


is the place for it. Will you look at this


differently now? It was a pleasant journey,


but it was travelling up to a high level on a round piece of ugly


steel, you know, so it doesn't There's no doubt that the i360


is one of the most striking additions to the coastline


of Britain and it'll be a feature of the Brighton skyline


for many years to come. additions to the


coastline of Britain. And it'll be a feature


of the Brighton skyline Now, if you would like to know more


about the programme, you can go to our Local Live pages on the BBC


website, or watch the show again on iPlayer. Coming up next week... Why


our land Rovers so popular with thieves in Kent and Sussex?


It is not a that people drive, it is It is not a that people drive, it is


a car that people love, that people cherish, and the impact from these


people when they have had it had it stolen, it is like losing your dog.


The young woman from Brighton who fought her cancer and YouTube.


It was something she needed to do. It was something she wanted to do. I


think she wanted to share with the world.


And graffiti from the Middle Ages in the castles of the south-east.


To find something like this in a castle, that is rare. That makes


this very special. That is all for tonight from Deal.


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