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straight sets defeat to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. ``


there are no excuses. Hello, and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are broadcaster Penny Smith,


and Sarah O'Connor, economics correspondent


of the Financial Times. It feels weird introducing new as a


broadcaster because you are my colleague as well. The Independent


says the BBC has lost highly sensitive information about a


military unit. The BBC says it would be inappropriate to comment while an


investigation is underway. Pensions are rising to meet salaries. People


are denied life`saving operations because of age discrimination within


the NHS. The Marrero `` Mira reports that a UK citizen in Syria has


tweeted a picture of himself with bombs. And the pool of international


talent available to British business has been shrunk by curbs on


immigration. There have been a lot of stories on the NHS in the last


few days. NHS defies law to deny pensioners vital surgery. Shocking.


They are saying that the law is supposed to state that as a doctor,


you were supposed to look at how fit somebody is for surgery and whether


this will improve their life. There is supposed to be no age barrier.


There is no `` that is the law. The writing is so small. Because of age


discrimination, the Royal College of surgeons has warned that elderly


people have been denied life`saving operations. Almost no ages ``


patients over the age of 75 are getting surgery for breast cancer or


call bladder surgery. It is alarming inexcusable. The point is, why


should they be denied? 75 is the new 65, and people are keeping fit


longer. Why should people who are possibly going to live into their


80s and 90s going to be denied treatment when somebody who is


younger but it was a smoker, heavy drinker, over eight, never does any


exercise, as the operations? That seems to me to be wrong. We are


living so much longer. Why should we spend the last decades of our lives


in abject pain? Sarah, he comes your department. A lot of it is economics


as well. A huge strain on the NHS. Won the NHS has been protected from


the west of austerity. He has been in the right thirds. We are seeing


all kinds of strain. This is just the latest story. When you have a


population growing older that needs more health care, keeping the NHS


budget in line with inflation is not enough. I would imagine we would


need to start to see more of these problems. This is actually illegal


if this is happening. You wonder if they will have to change the tax


rolls, because the whole thing about National Insurance was that we all


fall `` thought National Insurance was about paying for the NHS. People


did not mind that. There is this feeling that we all love the NHS. It


is a lovely, cuddly element. It is like an unwieldy cuddly animal. It


is an expensive cuddly animal. I do wonder if we are going to have to,


if we care about the NHS, to stump up more money, because that is what


will need to happen. People have horrific NHS experiences, and those


are the ones you read about. People also have fantastic NHS experiences.


My parents could not present hard enough. They do not make the


headlines. And to the Guardian. Another NHS story. NHS Cancer care


faces privatisation. Firms are to tender for 1.2 billion contracts


according to the Guardian. End of life services are open for bids.


Some private Cancer care will take you to an NHS hospital. They do


already if you are praying for private care, the NHS provides good


enough care for it to be deemed needing to pay extra premium. ``


paying for private care. It is not all kids are cared there is


potentially going to be privatised. `` Cancer care. It is commissioning


group areas in Staffordshire. People could say it is the thin end of the


wedge. ?1.2 billion worth of money, and there are various camp ``


companies such as Richard Branson's company who are interested in


bidding. There will not just provide the services, but make decisions


about treatment and who gets them. This will be Cancer care open to


non`private patients, right? Or is it only private patients? This will


be open to everybody. It would just be run by the rabid sector. So this


is it the NHS. Unison as saying they have grave concerns that potentially


this is handing over all decision`making on cancer and end of


life care to private companies. In other words. People worry because


anything that is done for profit, you feel, will not be done for the


benefit of patients. It may be a wrong thought, and there are


examples of profitable companies which actually do look after


people. But there is this worry that in the NHS, you come in and you are


not seen as a person, you are seen as a statistic. You are seen as a


statistic. You are seen as somebody who may reel in the budget. As I was


saying earlier, some NHS cancer hospitals are as good as private


Cancer care as well, but clearly, the feeling goes back to what we


were saying before. It is about economics. Andy Burnham says the


public had not given the government permission to put the NHS up for


sale. Probably a national mood. Onto the express. Their lead story is


about pensions. Pension pay`outs are up each year. Over 65 is now earn


close to the average salary. We have to read into this a lot. We issue in


their getting good pensions, but this is presumably be in come of


pensions. So they are working. Increasingly, pensioners are also


working. So there is a couple of reasons for that. Because interest


rates have fallen so low, which is something we will talk about later,


when you buy an annuity it doesn't go far, so people are having to work


longer to keep standards of living going. Pensions themselves, state


pensions, have had a triple Bock from the government. It means they


have been protected in a way that no other welfare spending has been


protected. `` triple lock. There is a really important theme over the


past few years, which is that everyone talks about inequality


getting worse or better. Inequality is actually stable. What is really


changed is that all people are getting richer. Young people are


getting poorer, a lot poorer. The big divide is a general way she won,


not a country one. `` a generation one. We're talking about a huge


population. It is getting bigger, and we are counting on not having to


work. That is what they had a penchant for. The other thing is


that the retirement age has gone up. When you consider how the retirement


age was and how will you were expected to live, there are actually


now retirement is where you have a long time to go into your bucket


list. Throw yourself out of your plane at 16,000 feet. It may be on


your bucket list. None of those were. I can feel my eyeballs


reverberating. You'd ever say heads up on this. The Financial Times, one


of its front`page stories is referring to what Janet Yellen in


Washington has been saying. No need to lift interest rates. Explain this


story. This is a really big and important story. Janet Yellen,


chairman of the US Federal reserve, the biggest central bank and the


biggest economy in the world, like the Bank of England would is


starting to think about raising rates, it is still pumping more


stimulus into the economy. It is having weird side`effects. They are


buying assets. This is pushing up the price of share prices. Risky


bonds, house prices. We had dated today about London house prices


going through the roof. `` data. People are saying, can you stop


doing this? We're getting weird bubbles in property markets. You


need to start raising rates. Janet Yellen is saying they don't agree.


Yes, as prices are rising, but increasing interest rates would not


be the thing to do. It would send the global economy backwards. When


you raise interest rates, you suck to mind out of the economy. It is a


way of dampening economic activity. It encourages people to save. All


government wants to do is spend. A lot of people are now saving rather


than spending. They want to get out of debt and put money away. They are


not doing much for the economy. You lack if you have money in a bank,


you are actually losing money, because you are getting no interest


and it is not working for you and not doing anything. In real terms,


you are boozing, as I understand, with her economics A`level. `` you


are saying. We will get the decision on is just rates. The US is so much


weaker than the UK. They are not even thinking about raising rates


over there. They are thinking maybe they should start doing that. The


markets were quite jumpy. Onto the Independent. Dedicating most of its


front`page to a photograph their of very similar images to what we have


seen on BBC News today of repression, despair, and flames of


revenge, as calls it. These are the scenes East Jerusalem today.


Palestinians setting ablaze tyres there. This is in reaction to the


death of a Palestinian teenager. Following the deaths of the three


Israeli teenagers as well. That actually is the words you would use,


revenge. Repression. Despair. Also, just the thought of so many people


who are caught up in this, and we saw it in Northern Ireland. That


awful spiral of tit`for`tat killings and all the rest of it. People


having to live, and I say leave, but actually, for many people, this is


just an existence. It is so difficult to see where it goes from


here. I remember reporting in Israel and in the Palestinian territory


myself, and these images really much happen every week. There would be


children as young as eight or nine setting fire to tyres, and throwing


rocks. Usually the response from the defence Force will be rubber bullets


against rocks. What we're seeing here is an increase in anger, and


more people coming out, and there are huge ramifications.


compared with the kind of things you saw? These scenes will be very


familiar to any journalist who works in that part of the world. What we


are seeing is a new scale and this is about where do we go from here?


We have sent in some pretty big guns, I did not mean to say that,


but we have sent in the best brains, people who are used to dealing with


diplomacy, people who are used to sorting out things that are a bit of


a mess, and yet still it carries on. The trouble is it is understandable.


It is understandable why people get so angry and they throw tires and


set fire to things and do these things. If you have got somebody who


knows somebody who knows the person who was killed or tortured, or


whatever, there is that feeling of getting back. You see it even in


small places, you can see this escalation from something. If


everybody said, let's keep calm and stop doing this... There is fear and


anxiety on the other side of the war of separating. I am saying that is


what is so awful about this. It is terrible, there is no area where you


think is anybody looking at this? Let's finish on Andy Murray. We have


actually got a cartoon on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. This is


presumably in reference to the antibiotics story. Yes, we are


becoming immune to antibiotics and the cartoon has got the usual people


looking at the television screen. One day soon we will develop a


resistance to sporting disasters and become immune. I think we are


immune. We were very relaxed about going into the World Cup. We waited


77 years for a winner and I was so overwhelmed. That sets us up very


nicely for the sport. Stay with us on BBC News. MPs have described the


failure to stop the practice of female genital mutilation as a


national scandal. We will have a special report.


Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm John Acres.


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