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Patients are dying in
hospital corridors -
the stark warning from A&E doctors
to the Prime Minister.
Almost 70 heads of department
in England and Wales have written
to Theresa May saying conditions
are at times intolerable
despite the best efforts of staff.
I think I was trolley
number 12 and two more
people came in after me.
Then they said they can't take any
more trolleys so the ambulance
was having to wait outside.
Also this lunchtime:
Eliminate all avoidable plastic
waste within 25 years says
says the Prime Minister,
as she announces a new government
drive on the environment.
A woman has appeared in court
charged with murder,
after police found a body buried
in a garden in Greater Manchester.
Searching for survivors -
17 people are still missing
after the mudslides
and flash floods in southern
California that left 17 dead.
And how former England captain
Rio Ferdinand put Prince William
on the spot over Harry's wedding.
Coming up in sport...
Britain's Johanna Konta faces
a testing opening match
in the Austalian Open next week
against American Madison Brengle.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC news at One.
Doctors have warned
the Prime Minister that patients
are dying in the corridors
of accident and emergency units
in England and Wales.
The heads of 68 A&E departments have
written to Theresa May saying
that the current level of safety
compromise is at times intolerable
despite the best efforts of staff.
And they say that thousands
of patients are waiting for hours
in ambulances because hospitals
don't have enough space.
Our health correspondent
Catherine Burns reports.
Is that the one that you want?
Rosie Dawson was in severe pain
when she went to A&E last week.
She had a gynaecological problem
and was bleeding heavily,
but the hospital was so busy
that she was examined
on a trolley in a busy corridor.
I think I was trolley number 12
and there were trolleys
going all the way up.
You can't see to someone's dignity,
you can't ensure they are having
a private conversation and that
if they break down in tears,
which I think I did,
I think I'm pretty sure that I cried
as well, but you can't look
into anybody's kind of right
to privacy or anything like that.
Today doctors from almost
half the A&E units
in England and Wales
written to the Prime Minister,
saying that plans for the winter had
failed to deliver anywhere
near what was needed.
They talk about patients dying
in hospital corridors under
In terms of these winter pressures
that we see the NHS under,
there have been a number of measures
that we have taken that have helped.
For example, for the first time
ever, urgent GP appointments
being available throughout
the Christmas period.
But still, figures from NHS England
show that at some point last week,
just 3% of hospital trusts
in England had enough beds free
to provide safe care.
They are supposed to have no more
than 85% of beds occupied,
but on Thursday, just four out
of 137 trusts were below that safe
level. To add to this, more
that the symbol was the worst month
for A&E waiting times
since records began in 2004.
3,000 patients in England
were not seen within
the four-hour waiting target.
And so, a warning that this
is a watershed moment for the NHS.
We have now clearly reached
the point where the NHS cannot meet
the standards of care that we would,
all of us in the NHS,
ministers included, want to provide.
So the key question is,
do we abandon those standards,
and none of us in the NHS will do
that, or does the Government make
the decisions it needs to make
about the long-term funding and it
needs to make those
Authorities in Wales and Northern
Ireland say they are under pressure
too and A&E waiting times in
Scotland hit their worst ever levels
at the end of December.
The message from health
care professionals is
that despite staff's best efforts,
the NHS is chronically underfunded
and the Government must act soon.
Catherine Burns, BBC News.
Let's speak to our health editor.
This letter is quite a moment, it
really is quite a letter from people
at the front line of all of this.
That's right, we have had a series
of warnings from Royal colleges
representing doctors and a warning
from NHS providers, which you heard
there just now about the watershed
moment. These are front-line senior
doctors employed by trusts who have
taken it upon themselves to get
together a letter which they say
represents the views of staff that
they work with because they are so
concerned. They have sent it to the
Prime Minister. The fact that they
are at the front line in emergency
departments are saying there are
very serious concerns about safety,
that some people are dying
prematurely because they are having
to be managed in corridors, I think
is very significant. And they are
saying whatever the Prime Minister
has been saying in recent days,
there was not in their view enough
preparation or planning for winter.
They say the solution lies in more
money for social care to help
discharge patients from hospitals.
It has to be said the 68 signature
is don't represent all hospitals in
England and Wales. I understand some
senior doctors were asked to sign it
but didn't, but it is an interesting
view of how people see things on the
front line. The Department of Health
is making clear there are a lot more
A&E consultants than they're worth
in 2010, more money has been made
available over the next couple of
years, but the new debate is getting
going over the long-term and
short-term future of the NHS in
terms of funding and social care.
Hugh Pym, thank you.
If you want to find out
how your local hospital
is performing you can use the BBC's
NHS Tracker at
The Prime Minister has pledged
to eliminate avoidable plastic waste
within 25 years as part
of a far-reaching plan
to improve Britain's environment.
She has urged supermarkets
to introduce aisles where
shoppers can buy products
with no plastic packaging.
A small charge for disposable
plastic bags will also be
extended to all shops,
not just big retailers.
Theresa May called plastic waste
"one of the great environmental
scourges of our time".
But environmentalists have
criticised the plans
saying they lack urgency,
detail and bite.
Here's our environment
analyst, Roger Harrabin.
There's huge public anxiety
about plastic litter, since David
Attenborough's Blue Planet series
revealed sea creatures eating
The Prime Minister's surfing
that wave of concern -
aiming for votes from young people
who care deeply about the
environment they will inherit.
While the water in our
rivers and beaches
are cleaner than ever before,
around the world 8 million tonnes of
plastic makes its way
into the oceans each year.
But is Mrs May being
She said all avoidable
plastic waste should be
stopped by 2042.
That is 25 years from now.
Environmentalists are not impressed.
We don't think it's urgent
enough, we don't think
it's robust enough and we don't
think it's detailed enough.
The oceans, which are
bearing the brunt
of our addiction to throwaway
plastic, can't wait
25 years for pollution.
25 years for solutions.
But plastics form just part
of the the Government's 25-year
plan for the environment
The environment is something
personal to each of us.
But it is also something
which collectively we
hold in trust for
the next generation.
And we have a responsibility
to protect and enhance it.
But it's a crowded
island we live on.
Woodlands, like here
at Lodge Hill in Kent, have
been decimated over the decades.
This is the UK's prime
site for nightingales,
but the local council wants to build
houses on part of it.
If housing development was to go
ahead at Lodge Hill, it
would constitute the biggest
destruction of one of our finest
wildlife sites for 25 years.
And at a time when
the government has
clearly expressed a commitment to
restoring nature, it seems madness
to conceive, let alone to consent
to such a development.
A walk in the woods is good
for your mental
and physical health.
The government's acknowledged that.
It wants to increase
woodland cover, especially
near where people live.
It wants to bring back wild flower
meadows and improve
rare habitats like heathlands.
But the pressure's
on for development.
We have a housing target
we have to meet of 29,500
between now and 2035 -
huge demand in Medway
and in North Kent for housing,
affordable housing and a
whole housing mix, and those houses
have to go somewhere.
There's pressure on
the natural world from
The Department for Transport
can't foresee a time
when new roads won't be needed.
The rail line HS2 will damage
many ancient woodlands.
And the farmers' union
is demanding that all prime
agricultural land is kept for
farming, not wildlife,
to maximise food output.
But the Government's plan
for nature will attempt to
bring some nature back to farmland
and replenish depleted soils.
the Government's plans to restore
Britain's nature, but the problem
they say that is so far
it is just a plan.
To really convince them,
ministers would need to introduce
legislation and there
seems no sign of that.
Our assistant political editor
Norman Smith is at the wetlands
Centre in south-west London weather
Prime Minister gave her speech this
morning. So the Prime Minister's
first big speech of the year, why
the environment why now?
right, it might seem surprising in
the sense Mrs May has never been
noted for her views on the
environment, particularly given the
current how all around the NHS, that
she has chosen her first big speech
on the green agenda. Partly they
believe it will be popular, there is
a sense in Government that people
are increasingly exasperated by the
sheer volume of plastic packaging we
have to put up with. Everything from
the proverbial coffee cup to fruit
and veg safely wrapped in
cellophane, to every time you order
something online incomes in blankets
of packaging, and a desire to change
that. Secondly the political climate
has changed. When David Cameron
tried to pursue a green agenda he
ran into ferocious opposition from
many other Conservatives, certainly
many Conservative supporting
newspapers. Now they have done an
about turn and they are fully behind
the green agenda. Lastly there is a
desire to talk about something other
than Brexit. The non-Brexit domestic
agenda, and in particular one that
appeals to younger voters. Research
has shown that one of the issues
that concern is most younger voters
is, yes, the environment. Norman
Smith in south-east London, thank
Christmas sales figures
for retailers have presented
a mixed bag this season.
Marks & Spencer sales fell over
the key Christmas period,
while Tesco reported
record festive trade.
A number of major retailers have
alluded to difficulties
in the market and tough trading
Our Business Correspondent
Emma Simpson reports now
on the winners and losers.
It worked out all right in the end,
It did too for Britain's
biggest retailer. Despite problems
with their turkeys, Tesco's
Christmas sales were up. Food has
long been a bright spot for Marks &
Spencer, their premium product, but
this Christmas quarter sales went
There is food
inflation and we also buy a lot of
food over Christmas because of
entertaining and just eating, so it
is very disappointing that marks and
Spencer hasn't matched the rest of
the grocers and I think it's a lot
to do with its competition producing
very good premium ranges at low
prices so it is up against a
challenging market, and its clothing
hasn't been doing well either.
Christmas feels like a long time ago
now. For retailers, it can be make
or break. On the high street it's
been incredibly challenging.
Consumers have less money to spend.
House of Fraser has been really
feeling the pressure. It has seen
another fall in sales today, but as
ever there are winners and losers
and this one is in the winner 's
There is demand there, you
just have to find it and create the
conditions in which people want
things and that comes down to having
fabulous products. It means being
brilliant in terms of experience
people get in your shops has never
been more important, and it means
you have to get outstanding at
online shops and that is something
we work very hard to do.
Nottingham shoppers seem to be
careful in parting with their cash.
I had a budget and we tried to stick
to it as far as possible.
I did it
all online because I didn't want to
be in the rush of everyone.
normally look at deals with pop-up,
normally on Facebook or a certain
site will be doing e-mails and then
I have a look.
No surprise then that
online accounted for a quarter of
non-food shopping last month. A
small but fast-growing retailer,
Boohoo, expects growth of 90% this
year. That is something they can
only dream of on the high street.
The sales are on, after a quarter
that has been far from Golden, and
this year could be just as tough as
the last one.
A woman has appeared in court
charged with murder,
after police found a body buried
in a garden in Greater Manchester.
Barbara Coombes, who's 63,
is also charged with preventing
the lawful and decent burial
of a body, and with fraud.
Let's speak to our
correspondent, Judith Moritz.
This was a short hearing, just three
minutes or so and Barbara Coombes,
wearing glasses and a fleece jumper,
spoke to confirm her personal
details. She is charged with
murdering Kenneth Coombes in 2006
and she is accused of burying his
body and writing official letters
and pretending to be his care to
claim money. It is understood
Kenneth Coombes is her father. Her
neighbours this week were asked by
police whether they remember him, he
would have been in his late 80s, in
2005. The police say at the weekend
that a 63-year-old went into a
police station and told officers she
had killed a man some years ago and
she had buried him in the garden. A
forensic search began and human
remains were recovered from Barbara
Coombes's garden. They have not been
officially identified. The results
of a postmortem have not been
released. Barbara Coombes has been
charged with murder and she will
reappear before a court tomorrow
morning. The charges will be
presented to her again.
Our top story this lunchtime...
A&E doctors warn the Prime Minister
that patients are dying
in corridors because conditions
are at times intolerable.
And coming up...
Why the video blogger, who's watched
by millions around the world,
is now being punished by YouTube.
Coming up in sport...
England's One-Day captain
Eoin Morgan impresses ahead
of their series against Australia,
with a five-wicket win over
a Cricket Australia 11.
In California, rescue teams
are searching for 17 people
who are still missing
after the flash floods
and mud slides on Tuesday.
17 people are known to have died
when a torrent of mud, carrying
boulders the size of small cars,
smashed through the
town of Montecito.
Over 100 homes have been destroyed.
The area in Santa Barbara County was
only just recovering from the recent
Our North American correspondent,
James Cook, is there.
In Montecito, they are still combing
the ruins, looking for survivors.
But with every hour that
passes, hope fades.
The surge of mud and debris
was just too powerful.
It consumed everything before it,
turning homes to matchwood.
We had, you know, between us,
a dear friend that didn't make it.
He lives upstream.
And that was brutal.
They got blown right
out of the house.
His wife is still alive.
The kids are traumatised, of course.
It came really close.
It came right up to our hedges.
Thank God that it didn't take
out our homes or our car
and our children are safe.
But, yeah, our neighbours
weren't as fortunate.
More than 500 firefighters and other
rescue teams have been
working around the clock,
hoping beyond hope that they
can still save lives.
I have been a firefighter
for 26 years.
Yeah, for most people that
are here on this incident, we have
never seen an event like this.
Parts of the town are still cut off,
but some residents have been
returning to inspect the damage.
The house being gone
is just a house, you know.
It's just some clothes in a house.
But in a neighbourhood this small,
every single name that turns
up is someone's dad,
someone's cousin, someone's teacher,
and that's got to be
the worst part of it all,
I'm just happy for
everyone that makes it.
The sky lit up because some
buildings had blown up.
The gas mains, it turns out.
Here is all this fire coming
down, and fire going up,
and here is all this rain coming
down, and you wonder,
I mean, it was an
That was the bunny that
I missed catching.
Oh, my gosh.
I was in the kitchen,
trying to get out through the back
when we saw the wall
of water coming.
I couldn't reach her.
We had our dog.
Grabbed our dog.
We grabbed our dog by the collar
but missed the cats and the cat
and the bunny and the water hit
and knocked out...
Went through our house,
But somehow, in the cage...
The firefighters found her
and we found this on top of our car.
I thought I would find a dead bunny
in it, but she was alive.
The mudslide didn't just
claim lives, it paralysed
this part of California.
This is the main motorway along
the Pacific coast, the 101 Freeway.
Police say it will not be open
until Monday at the earliest.
The trauma will last much longer.
James Cook, BBC News, Montecito.
Let's speak to the CBS
correspondent, Carter Evans,
who's in Montecito.
The middle of the night there now,
our rescue workers still hoping to
find people alive?
They are still
hoping to find people alive right
now, this is still a rescue effort,
not a recovery effort. James talk to
people talking about being blown out
of their homes. I want to try to
explain the scale of this. The
pictures really do not do it
justice. This happened at about 4am,
people were asleep. Everyone says
they heard rumbling and a mudslide
hits the wall of the home, it is not
just mugged, rocks and boulders like
this one, but this is a small
boulder. A lot of the rocks and
boulders were the size of small
cars. Just imagine what that would
be like. The best way I can think of
to describe it is imagine if you
took a home and put it on a giant
bowling alley and you took the huge
boulders, dozens, perhaps hundreds,
and tossed them at the house, that
is what happened here.
pictures from Montecito in southern
California, thank you for joining
Universal Credit is the biggest
welfare reform in decades.
But teachers and charities
are warning that the new benefit
could cause chaos in the provision
of free school meals in England.
They believe that plans to link
eligibility for the free meals
to household earnings,
which often fluctuate,
will also undermine the core
principal of the universal credit
that work always pays.
Our social affairs correspondent,
Michael Buchanan, reports.
Breakfast time at a south London
School, a handy aid to working
families and those struggling to get
by. Around half the pupils here get
free school meals, a by-product of
getting certain benefits. But
Universal Credit which families can
move on and off when earnings change
could make it hard for the school to
know who is eligible.
It would be
very complicated for the school and
we would find it hard to monitor and
follow. Parents would not
understand. One week we are asking
for money, the following month, we
are not. It is confusing for the
school, parents, not a good way of
The school has invested
heavily in giving children healthy
food, currently all families who get
Universal Credit can get free school
meals. The Department for Education
plans to restrict provision. In
future, and the families whose
earnings are less than £7,400 a year
before benefits will qualify -- when
the families. The school has a
complete commitment to healthy
eating, it has its own garden for
growing vegetables, it has even got
chickens for fresh eggs. What
campaigners say is that the
consultation was an opportunity for
the Government to reassess free
school meals, to see them not as a
cost but as an investment in the
future and to help tackle in
particular the growing problem of
childhood obesity. As Universal
Credit is rolled out across the
country, ministers say it is an
affordable to give all families on
the benefit free school meals, it
would cost about £600 million. They
say their plans will see 50,000 more
children getting free food than
currently do so, but charities take
a different view of the planned
There is evidence it
increases attainment, concentration
in the afternoon, and for most of
the children in poverty, it can mean
the difference between getting a
nutritious meal in that day and not
getting anything at all.
consultation on these plans for
England ends today, similar
restrictions have been announced for
Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Whatever the benefits of free school
meals, the cost of extending
provision is decided policy. Michael
Buchanan, BBC News, south London.
The trial of ex-football coach
Barry Bennell on charges of child
sexual offences has heard
from a former youth footballer
who says he was abused
by Bennell as they travelled
to and from training
at Manchester City.
The former coach, who's now
known as Richard Jones,
denies 48 charges of
child sexual abuse.
Our sports correspondent,
David Ornstein, has been
hearing the evidence
at Liverpool Crown Court.
This is the second day of evidence
against Bennell who has been
described by the prosecution as a
predatory paedophile. The witness
that spoke today, as you said, he
received lifts to and from
Manchester City training after being
scouted by Bennell and he said the
abuse started in Bennell's car and
happened 98% of the time that he was
in the car and it allegedly
escalated at Bennell's house, after
watching horror movies which were
said to be used as a scare tactic by
Boeing. He said he was abused over
100 times in his bed and 50-100
times in his living room -- by
Bennell. When they were alone, the
abuse wasn't a serious sexual abuse,
it is alleged. I will never forget
the first time, I was crying in
pain, I felt it lasted for hours,
but maybe two, three minutes. He may
have stopped because I was crying so
much. The abuse is said to have
continued at Butlins and also a
haunted house. After the lunch
break, this witness will be
cross-examined and the trial
continues. It is expected to last
for eight weeks.
David, thank you.
Two men are on the run in France
after taking part in a
on the Ritz Hotel in Paris.
Three other members of the gang
were caught at the scene,
but the pair who escaped made off
with an estimated £3.5
million worth of jewels,
as Dan Johnson reports.
A large police response outside
the Paris Ritz after a gang,
armed with axes, carried out
a violent raid.
It isn't just the Christmas
lights that sparkle here.
There are jewels on display to match
the wealth of the guests
at one of the world's
most exclusive hotels.
The robbers arrived in Place Vendome
on scooters at around six
in the evening local time,
smashing windows on the ground
floor of the hotel.
It is estimated they took jewels
worth 4 million euros.
But police officers interrupted
the raid and arrested
three of the five men.
Paris has seen this before.
In October, 2016, US reality TV star
Kim Kardashian had a gun put
to her head as a gang stole
10 million euros-worth
of her jewellery.
Only one piece was never seen again.
-- ever seen again.
It is not clear how much
was recovered from this latest raid.
Police are still searching for two
of the men involved.
Don Johnson, BBC News.
Video bloggers, or vloggers
as they're known,
can do big business online on sites
such as YouTube.
Some of the most famous post videos
which are watched by millions
and millions of people
around the world.
But now YouTube has cut some
business ties with the video blogger
Logan Paul, after he was heavily
criticised for posting a video
appearing to show the body
of a suicide victim.
This report from our
correspondent, Chi Chi Izundu.
# Girl, what you trying to do?
# Because I don't have a clue...#
He's one of the most popular video
bloggers on YouTube.
15 million subscribers
watch his comedy vlogs.
But last night, YouTube said
it was cutting some business ties
with Logan Paul over a video
he posted at the end of last month.
The video, which we can't show,
featured the dead body of a man
who appeared to have
taken his own life.
It had been viewed millions of times
before Logan removed
it from his channel.
In a statement, YouTube acknowledged
it had taken a long time to respond,
but that it also had been listening
to comments and criticisms.
It added that it recognised
the actions of one
creator could affect
the whole community and it said it
would soon announce steps to make
sure any similar videos
were never circulated again.
I have made a severe and continuous
lapse of my judgment and I don't
expect to be forgiven.
I'm simply here to apologise.
YouTube said that they would
put on hold projects
with the 22-year-old
and that they would no
longer feature his channel
on the Google Preferred programme.
Effectively, lowering his
advertising profile with top brands.
Logan Paul isn't the only
one being criticised.
Anger is being directed
towards YouTube with questions like,
why they didn't take down
the offending post initially
in the first place, why it took them
so long to even issue a statement
in response, and why his channel
is still up on their platform,
allowing him to make
money from advertising.
At 22 years old, I bought my first
house for $6.5 million...
Last year, Forbes magazine estimated
Logan Paul's wealth at
just over £9 million.
But with YouTube's sanction,
it's still not clear whether that
will shrink considerably.
Chi Chi Izundu, BBC News.
And finally, the former England
captain Rio Ferdinand has managed
to put Prince William on the spot
over Prince Harry's wedding.
They were doing some filming
for a mental health charity
when Rio Ferdinand asked exactly
what he would be doing on 19th May.
There is the matter of a small
wedding that will happen
this year and, of course,
your brother, we're very,
very happy for him.
It's a big decision.
Are we going to Wembley
or are we going...?
You've touched on something
there, Rio, yeah.
I'm still working it out.
Will see what I can do.
I think, you know, having that
person there, I think it's kind
of apt you are talking about a best
man project, so to speak.
That relationship that you have...
He hasn't asked me yet.
It could be a sensitive issue.
He hasn't asked him yet! I suspect
that might happen quite soon.
Time for a look at the weather.
Nice to see some sunshine.
Let us hope for some on the 19th of
June as well. It is not sunny
everywhere. This is in the Highlands
with the snowcapped mountains in the
background. Always a but with the
British weather, grey weather once
again, Scarborough, many eastern
areas under the cloud, raining quite
steadily in south-eastern parts of
England. Sunshine further west.
Stubborn fog for Northern Ireland,
some parts of East Anglia. Through
the night, it will thicken up. The
brightness lasts for the next few
hours, but where we get the
brightness, we get fog overnight. In
eastern areas, with the weather
front getting weaker, a few breaks
and fog here. In the countryside,
like last night, down towards
freezing. Freezing fog for the drive
tomorrow. Some hope of it lifting
earlier than in recent days for
Northern Ireland, stiffening breeze
through the day. A good Delos and
gender start across Scotland, albeit
rather cold, with the fog -- a good
deal of sunshine to start. Down
towards the West Country, Central
and southern England, Wales. But it
will not be football. A few drizzly
showers around. Quite a bit of cloud
tomorrow -- but it will not be for
all. This is the change. By the end
of play tomorrow. Friday night, it
will turn quite wet for Northern
Ireland. That will alleviate fog
problems. Quite bank on Saturday.
Showers ahead of it, a lot of cloud,
some brightness, as the weather
front starts to weaken and narrow.
Temperatures on a par with what we
are seeing at the moment. Hopefully
not as much of the fog over the
weekend because we have more breeze
but it does not stop it being rather
cloudy. The first weather front is
swapped by the next one coming in on
Sunday. A lot of cloud, dry weather,
but it signifies a change. The spell
of heavy rain, gale force winds
Sunday night into on Monday going
east. Behind it, a blast of cold
air. It will feel bitter, Dale,
severe gales. The risk of some snow.
Just to reiterate once again, the
main issue will be the fog this
evening and overnight.
A reminder of our main
story this lunchtime.
A&E doctors issue a stark warning
to the Prime Minister that
conditions in their departments
are at times intolerable,
And patients are dying in corridors.