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Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours waiting in A
And figures leaked to the BBC suggest January's figures
Which would make it the worst performing month for 13 years.
We'll ask our Health Editor what the figures mean for patients.
Anger at the Government's decision to close a scheme which allows
unaccompanied child refugees into the UK.
Don't block Brexit - the warning to the House of Lords
after the Government's Bill gets strong backing in the Commons.
The new law which critics say DOESN'T protect tenants
The Australian man who survived spending hours struggling
to keep his nose above water after his excavator
And coming up in the sport on BBC News: Flanker Jack Clifford
will make just his second start for England in their Six Nations
Jack Nowell also comes in on the wing.
Good afternoon, and welcome to the BBC News at One.
Record numbers of patients spent more than four hours in accident
and emergency units in England in December - that's according
to the OFFICIAL figures - and according to data leaked
to the BBC - January is set to be even worse.
These figures suggest record numbers of people waited longer than 12
hours for a hospital bed once seen in A, making January the worst
performing month for A departments in the past 13 years.
says the vast majority of patients were seen and treated quickly,
and busy periods in hospitals were supported by an extra
Our Health Correspondent Dominic Hughes reports.
For months now, accident and emergency departments across England
Last week, the BBC was given exclusive access to the Royal
Blackburn Hospital, where the pressure
It's just like banging your head against a brick wall.
I feel as though I'm going to collapse if I don't get to lie down.
Queueing for five hours in a corridor.
It's not what you expect from a country like ours, is it?
More patients and a shortage of beds mean longer waits,
and official figures from NHS England, published this morning,
show that December was the worst month on record for waiting
The pressure this winter is greater than it's ever been.
It has been a steep climb this year but the thing that has changed
the most has been not the 2% or 3% increase in demand,
but it's the 40% increase in the delays in moving patients,
helping them get back home and into the community.
Now new, provisional data for January, leaked to the BBC,
suggests that picture has got even worse.
This data appears to show that, last month, just 82%
of patients were transferred, admitted or discharged within four
hours, the worst performance since the target of 95%
780 patients waited for more than 12 hours for a bed
after being admitted to hospital - again, the worst figures on record.
And more than 60,000 patients faced a wait of between four and 12 hours,
The NHS in Scotland is coping better, but performances in Wales
and Northern Ireland is even worse than in England, symptoms
of the pressures building right across the health
We don't have the resources to match it but, even worse than that,
many of these figures reflect patients who are not coming
in with something relatively minor but needing sorting out and then
It reflects the experience of people coming in needing
Every patient stacked on a trolley in a corridor,
not getting to the ward they need to be in, not getting
the treatment they need is, for any of us, an individual
NHS sources acknowledge the system is facing unprecedented demand.
These latest figures suggest there is little sign of a respite.
Our Health Editor Hugh Pym is with me now.
These figures are for England, our reporter suggested there was more
pressure across the UK. That's right, the number of patients
treated outside the four hour limit was aged 2%, the worst figures and
in Scotland and was higher, 96.2%, Wales, lower, Northern Ireland just
below 70%, the same pressures everywhere although different parts
of the UK reacting in slightly different ways. Let me quote yet
another statistic. Almost 500,000 emergency admissions to hospitals in
England in December, another record high, that is what NHS England is
pointing to, the sheer volume of patients coming in is higher than
anything seen before and they think staff are working very hard and
coping incredibly well in the circumstances. Yet for patients
there's more waiting longer than four hours on trolleys after a
decision has been made to admit them to hospital but to find them a bed.
That's what we've been hearing this week on BBC News, some really
difficult stories and hospitals about what is happening to patients,
what they are going through and have frustrated the staff are. And these
are just the December figures, as the leaked to the BBC suggests, the
provisional generally figures are even worse and of course winter
still isn't true. Hugh, thank you very much.
We'll be looking at the state of health services in the UK
all this week for the BBC's NHS Health Check.
You can follow the coverage online too, at bbc.co.uk/health.
The Home Secretary has defended a decision which means that a key
route into the UK for children caught up in Europe's migrant
crisis is to close after a total of 350 arrivals.
The government says it will stop receiving children via the so-called
Lord Dubs, who aimed to help thousand of children get to the UK,
A legal challenge to the decision will go ahead tomorrow.
They may not make as many headlines but these children of Europe's
migrant crisis have not gone away. Refugees are still on the move,
still searching for a new home, and around 90,000 of them are youngsters
with no family. Under pressure from the UK to do more, David Cameron
promised to bring some of them here. Campaigners hoped 3000 would benefit
but the government has announced the scheme will end, having re-homed
350. That has angered some people including MPs. They are heading back
to Calais, back to Dunkirk, back to the mud, the danger, back into the
arms of the people traffickers and smugglers, the exploitation, abuse,
prostitution rings and back into the modern slavery that this parliament
and this government has pledged to end.
We have a different approach to wear those most vulnerable are. We
believe that they are in the region, that is why we have pledged to
accept 3000 children from the region and we are committed to delivering
on that. Well, I'm a refugee. I came to England at the age of six. Lord
Dubs, the Labour peer who designed the programme. Having been rescued
from Nazi Germany he knows what it means to be a refugee. And very
disappointed. I was in Greece a month ago, desperate conditions in
the refugee camps, a lot of children, some unaccompanied,
bitterly cold and miserable. We owe it to them. The first young refugees
arrived last October, 200 have been re-homed so far, another 150 will
come before the end of next month. News that more will not follow has
been described as a betrayal of vulnerable children like these and
of British trolleys. The Home Secretary said there was a risk of
encouraging people traffickers, she has restated the government 's
commitment to other schemes, bringing thousands of refugees to
the UK directly from camps in the Middle East. Dan Johnson, BBC News.
We can speak to our political editor, Norman Smith, how much anger
is there about this? Genuine anger, it's such an emotive issue. That
said, I don't detect any sign of a government rethink. Home Secretary
must seemed to be revelling in her defiance and bullish approach,
chiding crickets for adopting a high-handed approach and a high
moral tone. She said Britain could be proud of its records -- chiding
critics. She said we had fulfilled our obligations. As the details, she
argued that most local authorities didn't have the blazers to take in
refugees, the French authorities were not enthusiastic about the
scheme and if we kept on with it that would simply encourage people
traffickers to bring more children into Europe. All of which said, I
think many MPs are generally scratching their heads as to why the
government has decided to wrap up this scheme. It has only been
running six months, and these schemes take time to bed down, for
local authorities to get the appropriate procedures in place.
It's also only taken in what, 350 children, much less than many had
expected. There's also a feel about the sort of image, the sort of
message it sends out about Britain, particularly in a post-Brexit world
when we want to show that we are opening, welcoming, confident and
tolerant. Is it a done deal? Perhaps not. Much will depend on how the
public and the media react and there will also be a legal challenge so
this might not be quite over yet. Norman, thank you.
Downing Street has played down suggestions that the House of Lords
could be abolished if it doesn't back legislation triggering
A Government source had warned it would face "an overwhelming public
call to be abolished" if it tried to oppose the bill -
Our political correspondent Carole Walker reports.
The ayes to the right, 494. The noes to the left, 122. A resounding
victory for the government as MPs voted overwhelmingly for it to begin
the formal Brexit negotiations. Scottish National MPs struck a
defiant note, singing the EU anthem, Old To Joy. But the bill now passes
unscathed to the House of Lords. Downing Street has played down an
earlier suggestion there could be calls for the abolition of the House
of Lords of peers try to frustrate the legislation. Yet they face some
tough warnings. The message of the British people was clear, and
ambiguous, they want to leave the EU and they want us to get on with it.
If the House of Lords, who are not elected, try to subvert or distort
the outcome of that referendum, I think that will put them in
constitutionally a very difficult place. But ministers accept that the
Lords do have a role to play and opposition peers have said they will
try to make changes to the bill. We've always been clear we will not
block, but we will not be intimidated into not debating, and
looking at it in the normal way as we do every other bill. Last night's
vote exposed the deep divisions in the Labour Party. More than 50
Labour MPs defied the instructions of their leader and voted against
the bill. Jeremy Corbyn now has to replace four Shadow Cabinet
ministers who have resigned and decide what, if any, action to take
against more than a dozen junior shadow ministers who also rebelled.
The Labour leader dismissed suggestions that the issue had
caused another crisis for his leadership. Yes, a difference of
opinion from MPs who represents strongly Remain constituencies and
felt they should represent their constituents, I understand that, yet
it was a national referendum, rational decision, national result.
Theresa May has been meeting the Italian Prime Minister. She is
hoping to get the approval of Parliament to begin formal EU exit
negotiations with EU leaders by the end of March. Then the tough talking
will really begin. Carole Walker, BBC News, Westminster.
The US Senate has backed one of President Trump's most
controversial cabinet nominees, Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.
More than thirty years ago, Mr Sessions was denied
a post as a federal judge when he was accused of racism,
He will now take charge of the justice department,
and more than 100 thousand employees, including
Our correspondent Richard Lister sent this report.
Democrats, civil liberties groups and those representing
African-Americans reacted with outrage when President Trump
nominated Senator Jeff Sessions to take charge
Senator Sessions has always denied allegations of racism from his time
as the senior lawyer in the state of Alabama.
But, during his judicial confirmation hearing in 1986,
he described the National Association for the Advancement
He also admitted describing landmark legislation ensuring that black
He's since said it was necessary and he supports it.
Democrats also criticised his long-established
backing of Mr Trump, saying the government's chief legal
officer needed to be an independent voice.
After the vote, he reached out to them.
I appreciate the full debate that we've had.
I want to thank those who, after it all, found sufficient
confidence in me to cast their vote to confirm me
as the next Attorney General of the United States of America.
In a blistering Twitter attack, Senator Elizabeth Warren said:
"If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt
"to bring his racism, sexism and bigotry into the Justice
"Department, he'll hear from all of us.
"And you'd better believe every senator who voted to put
"Jeff Sessions's radical hatred into the Justice Department
Another of President Trump's nominees made some outspoken
Judge Neil Gorsuch, the President's pick for the Supreme Court,
was apparently unhappy with Mr Trump's criticism of
the judge who suspended his travel ban, expressing his displeasure
He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened
by the demoralising comments made by President Trump
That may win Judge Gorsuch some Democratic support, as they prepare
But that, too, will be a tough battle, as Democrats do all they can
We know Donald Trump is angry about this, how else but through Twitter?
Yes, indeed, Simon. This is a potential embarrassment for Mr Trump
to be criticised by his own nominee. Mr Trump does not take well to
embarrassment, it seems. His strategy appears to be to blame the
messenger, the messenger in this case the Democratic senator Richard
Blumenthal who made comments from Neil Gorsuch public, saying that he
made Donald Trump's criticism of another judge demoralising and
disheartening. In the past few minutes Donald Trump has treated
that Richard Blumenthal, never fought in Vietnam when he said peers
that he had, major light, now Miss represents what Neil Gorsuch told
him? There are two claims, the judge's record, he did not serve in
Vietnam but on some occasions he did give the impression that he had,
something for which he apologised. The bigger question is whether he
misrepresented what Neil Gorsuch said, and Neil Gorsuch's team came
out very quickly and said that yes, those comments were accurate.
President Trump must know that but clearly wants to avoid that battle,
easier to blame a Democrat. In any event he had an important victory
last night, the confirmation of Jeff Sessions after a very divisive
battle on the Senate floor. Jeff Sessions is someone who was a
very early supporter of Donald Trump, locking step with him in
terms of many of his policies and he will now be sworn in as Attorney
General later today. Thank you,. All that as the new director
of the CIA - Mike Pompeo - arrives in Turkey for his first
foreign trip since taking office. Let's speak to our correspondent
Mark Lowen, who's in Istanbul. Top of the agenda is the fight
against Islamic State. Turkey is hugely against the involvement of
the Kurdish militia in Syria, because it sees that militia of
links to its own Kurdish militants in Turkey, the PKK, whom Turkey and
the West classify as a terrorist organisation. Turkey wants
assurances from the US that they might lessen their support from the
Kurdish militia in Syria. They will discuss the so-called safe zones in
Syria, cleared of armed groups perhaps for refugees to go back to.
Turkey has called for that and Donald Trump has voiced support for
it in recent days, although Russia is lukewarm. There's also the
Turkish parrot who's been living in the US for 18 years and whom Turkey
claims orchestrated the failed coup last year, although he denies
involvement. Turkey wants its extradition as soon as possible,
though they will have to go through a judicial process. This is a bridge
building exercise with the new Trump White House, after relations with
Barack Obama soured considerably. It will be helped by some similarities
between presidents Erdogan and Trump, both are populist leaders,
both are not particularly known for their thick skins and both have a
dubious relationship with press freedom, although its more extreme
here in Turkey, the world's biggest jailer of journalists. This is a
very -- visits which will be of substance but also symbolism, as
Turkey attempts a reset with the new Trump White House. Mark Lowen, thank
you. Figures for December show A
departments in England had their worst-performing month
on record - and January And coming up: Try time -
Tom Vardell runs in his 90th, leaving just one more score needed
for the Premiership record. Coming up in sport at 1:30pm:
The chairman of British Cycling, Bob Howden, has stepped down,
as the organisation braces itself for the results of a report
into whether there was a culture of bullying in its
performance programme. MPs and housing lawyers say
private tenants in England are still being unfairly evicted
because a new law on so-called The law was introduced in 2015
to stop people who've complained about rogue landlords -
or their properties - being wrongly forced
out of their homes. Radio One's Newsbeat reporter
Dan Whitworth has more. Damp, mould, faulty electrics,
and broken windows and boilers that They're all classed
as category one hazards. In other words, they're so bad
they pose a risk to people's health. And they're things Amjid Chowdri
from Leeds City Council's Rogue Landlords Unit
is all too familiar with. That's damp that's been
leaking from outside You might expect tenants
to complain about problems That's partly because they
fear being forced out of their home as a result -
a practice known Something which is
supposed to be illegal. This is rented out, private rented
accommodation, people living here? People paying to rent here, making
complaints, nothing happening, and then they could be under threat
of a revenge eviction That's the reason why they're not
coming forward to the council And that's exactly
what happened to Helen. She was living with her mum,
sister and baby daughter in a rented home with lots
of problems, including damp. After months of complaining we got
a firm of solicitors that deals with properties in these
states of disrepair. They checked the property,
they agreed it was damp So they wrote out to our landlord
and instructed that work needed Within a week of him receiving that,
we received a section 21 eviction Because of what happened
to people like Helen, a new law was introduced in October
2015 to try to stop retaliatory or so-called revenge evictions,
but we've seen exclusive figures gathered in a Freedom of Information
request from hundreds of councils right across England that show more
than half haven't More than a quarter don't even
record figures and fewer than one We're talking about here landlords
who are trying to avoid carrying out their responsibilities
as a landlord, to keep their properties in
a good state of repair. If they are asked a simple question
like, "Will you do a repair for me," they threaten someone
with an eviction to shut them up. Now, they're the landlords
we have to get at. They're going to be in the worst
properties, sometimes with people living in the worst conditions,
so that's the biggest The government says revenge
evictions are rare and that because of the new law it's given
local councils all the powers Thankfully for Helen,
she was able to find a new home. I don't have to contact him
unless something does pop up. Four men, who were part of a gang
that sexually exploited teenage girls in Rochdale,
are facing deportation to Pakistan. The men, who are British nationals
of Pakistani origin, were jailed for between six
and 22 years. Immigration judges have rejected
appeals against plans to strip them MPs will put pressure on the FA
today - as they consider a no-confidence motion
on the organisation's The Commons Culture,
Media and Sport Select Committee will examine whether the FA can
"comply fully with its duties". Let's speak to our sports
correspondent Richard Conway. Is in Westminster. What are the
consequences if they find against the FA posture Mark this debate
today is largely symbolic, but it's a sign of the pressure that MPs are
putting under the Football Association to change their ways.
This debate about FA governance has been going on for nearly 50 years
now. There's been very little change in the interim. MPs want to see the
FA change its board of directors and its FA Council, which is effectively
football's parliament. It wants to be more representative of the people
who play, watch and administer the sport in 2017. If they fail to
reform it, if they fail to live up to new standards which were set by
Sport England and the government late last year, then they could be
at risk of losing ?30 million of public funding over the next four
years. In addition to that, guarantees if they ever wanted to
stage a World Cup or European Championship, could be at risk. So
there is tangible things up with force the FA. The FA leadership
wants change to take place. It wants to modernise. But it must convince
those councillors and board members but it's in the interest of the
governing body to do so. Greg Clarke asked Greg Clarke says he will
resign if he doesn't get the necessary support in the coming
months. This debate is a sign of that growing pressure but the FA is
determined in the coming few weeks it will show that it can change and
show the government it has a plan to modernise the organisation. Richard
Shares in Twitter Richard Conway, thank you.
quarterly revenue growth since going public.
The company continues to grapple with competition from newer services
Our technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is with me.
Were the figure is expected to be better than that? Yes, Twitter has
been going through a hard time for quite a while because it's not
growing much and investors have been worried about that. But there was
the thought with all the buzz around the US presidential election from
all the rows taking place on Twitter, and the key fact that the
most famous tweeter in the world, Donald Trump, was bringing a lot of
focus on the service, there was an appealing, a theory that that would
bring users flooding in and key to Twitter's future, more advertisers
to give the service a secure future. That's not happening. There's very
little sign and these figures of an acceleration in growth and
advertisers seem to be staying clear. They may be very interested
in what hearing what Donald Trump is going to say, but they are not
spending money on advertising on the service. Thank you.
An Australian man has survived after spending hours struggling
to keep his nose above water, after his digger toppled into a dam.
Daniel Miller had been using the excavator at his remote
farm north of Sydney, when the rim gave way,
and he was pinned down by the three-tonne machine.
He said he adopted a yoga pose - and spent the whole time thinking
about his wife and two young children - until a neighbour
There's no way, I'm not letting my daughter...
I was thinking about how they're going to find me,
That wasn't going to happen - well, not without a fight.
So then I went to a very almost robotic state of, just count to 60.
Think about 60 seconds, think about 60 seconds.
As Wales and England prepare to go head-to head
in the Six Nations on Saturday, one player who's not playing
on the biggest stage could be about to break the Premiership's
Bristol winger Tom Varndell needs just one more try to pass
Mark Cueto's record of 90 Premiership tries, and could do
it when his side face Harlequins tomorrow night,
There aren't many who can keep up with Tom Varndell.
One of the fastest rugby players around, you usually have to wait
With Leicester, Wasps and Bristol, he's turned pace into points -
so many that one more try would take him to the
Obviously scoring tries is what I love to do,
Especially being the wing on the end of most of the moves.
Any player wants to leave their mark on the game.
If I can do that with my try scoring that would be fantastic.
Varndell has played 12 seasons at English rugby's highest level.
In that time he's appeared in 176 Premiership games
and run in 90 tries, a figure that puts him
level with Mark Cueto, that master try scorer
A man who knows the miles which go into every finish.
His biggest asset is his speed, he's lightning quick.
He was always one of the fastest guys in the Prem.
From an athletic point of view there isn't anyone better out
there than him and that's credit to him.
I think he's creeping into his 30s now, so to still keep
in the shape that he's in, he's doing really well.
There is a difference between the two men.
Cueto played 55 times for his country.
Varndell just four, despite a flying start.
COMMENTATOR: A dream debut for Tom Varndell at 20.
England represents a Varndell rarity - a chance missed.
I would have loved to have more opportunity.
I'd love to give more of a shot, I think.
What I like about the England set up at the moment is they are giving
They are sticking with them, developing them, allowing them
to build into the international game and play to their strengths.
England definitely focus on what players can do now,
If you play wing there's no time for looking back.
As he prepares to go full throttle into his next shot at the record
against Harlequins on Friday, Varndell has signed
A career played out in fast forward is set to carry on running.
Patrick Gearey, BBC News, in Bristol.
Do we need to dress warmly to go to Wales? You are right, we need to
dress warmly. Let me show you a wonderful picture from Wales. This
is this morning, isn't it beautiful? Perfectly still, fantastic
reflection. The frost means enjoying some sunshine. That's not the case
for all parts of the UK. This is more like the picture across the UK
at the moment. This is the rain coming down. Look at the extent of
the cloud on the satellite picture. The difference today, is that
yesterday in West Wales was 11. Today, the cold air has arrived on
the western side of the UK and it's currently 4-5d. A few showers close
to the Cornwall coast, but they are more likely to be on the eastern
side of the UK. There was a little bit of sleepiness on Mike Harwood
screen as I came in this morning. It's a bit wintry out there. Wash
there was sleepiness on my car windscreen. Northern Ireland is much
cloudy this afternoon compared with yesterday. Very little change in
overnight, there is a greater chance of wintry showers falling at lower
levels and pushing west. With temperatures around freezing,
there's an ice worry on untreated roads and pavements come the morning
rush on Friday. Friday, spot the difference really. It's the west the
best for sunshine, Easter gain rather grey with some showers and
it's cold enough for them to fall as sleet or snow. Potentially at lower
levels as the day goes on. We are importing cold air all the time,
just 2-4dC. I can't offer anything higher than that, unfortunately, for
the foreseeable future. We keep the easterly winds through tomorrow
night and Saturday. A slight difference tomorrow night. The
weather system might push something more organised in the way of sleet
and snow further west. Don't be surprised to see a light covering of
snow on Saturday morning. If you are heading westwards, it should be dry
for the match in Cardiff and it will be cold, especially because of the
strengthening easterly wind. That will been with us particularly for
England and Wales on Saturday. Scotland and Northern Ireland faring
better. You haven't the wind. Similar on Sunday, a lot of cloud
throughout the weekend. Temperatures perhaps marginally higher, 5-6, but
it's going to feel cold because of the wind, really. There's a subtle
difference later Sunday into Monday. Is of easterly, we are picking up a
slight south-easterly, so there's a bit of Mediterranean influence. It
will not be warm. It will be just slightly less cold. But the centre
of a high pressure in Scotland, with no winds, there will be severe
frosts as we head into next week as well. So frosty by night, cold by
day, a lot of cloud and some wintry showers. When there are warnings
issued they will be on the website. But cold, in a word.
A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.
Figures for December show A departments in England
had their worst-performing month on record - and January
That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me -
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