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New figures reveal the worst ever waiting times in A


Record numbers waited more than four hours in December.


Figures leaked to the BBC show January was even worse.


It's not acceptable and it's not what we want.


We have planned more this winter than ever before and that planning


Most hospitals have managed to cope but, some places


We'll be looking at the difficulties in A here and how they do things


The government denies abandoning the vulnerable after it stops


a scheme allowing unaccompanied children into the UK.


I don't really want to keep complaining because he might end up


going to me, "if you keep complaining, out you go".


Claims a new law to stop so-called revenge evictions by private


No career bounce for a generation of young men -


they're likely to earn less than their dads.


And from sprinting in Rio, to learning to walk in rehab.


The team GB athlete injured in a road accident, determined


And coming up in the sport, on BBC News:


Why its looking like good news for Wales ahead of their Six Nations


clash against England on Saturday, with North and Biggar


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


Record numbers of patients waited for more than four hours in accident


and emergency departments in England in December - that's according


Only 86% met the NHS target of being seen in four hours or less.


And figures leaked to the BBC suggest it was even worse


in January, just 82%, the worst-performing month for A


The BMA says the prime minister can no longer bury her head in the sand


about the increasing pressure on the NHS.


The government says the vast majority of patients are seen


This report from our Health Editor Hugh Pym.


Scenes like this on BBC News this week have highlighted the immense


strains being felt right across the NHS.


Here at Royal Blackburn Hospital, rated as good by inspectors,


some patients waited up to 13 hours in A


The latest official figures confirmed it was the worst for waits


Today at Hillingdon Hospital in west London, things were a bit calmer,


but managers confirm that they have been stretched to the limit.


It's been fairly relentless in terms of early December through January.


I'm confident that the safety of our patients is being maintained


at a high quality, but it's really not a great patient experience


for many of our patients using our services and that is what the staff


In December in England, 6.2% of patients were treated


or assessed in A within 24 hours, the lowest since


That was below Scotland, where 92.6% of patients were dealt


In Wales, the figure was 81% and the percentage


in Northern Ireland was just under 70%, all below the 95% benchmark.


In England, the number of patients stuck on trolleys or chairs for more


than four hours before a bed could be found was nearly 61,800,


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 is the 40%


increase in delays moving patients, helping them to get back


to their homes and back into the community.


Many hospitals like this one are running at 95% capacity.


That means they are nearly full, so with more emergency cases coming


in, and difficulties discharging some patients back into


the community, some of those needing surgery are having to wait longer.


Even cancer patients like Martin are affected by delays.


Until this year, that has been very rare as hospitals prioritise cancer


treatment even during the busiest weeks of winter.


His operation was cancelled minutes before it was due to take place.


He has now had the surgery and he says it was a


Very anxious to go through all that again,


Your mind is going overtime, it really is.


December's A performance figures in England were poor but NHS


documents leaked to the BBC suggest they were even worse in January.


It's clear that hospital staff are working at full stretch.


Winter is far from over and the intense pressure seems


Let's talk to our health correspondent Dominic Hughes


We've been running stories all week about the strain on the NHS


and the difficulties for patients and staff, is there any light


at the end of the tunnel, any sign things will improve?


That's right. At the Rochdale infirmary they have set up an urgent


care centre to offer the people of Rochdale an alternative to going to


A, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The work they do in the


community is to avoid unnecessary admissions. But that is far from


true across the country. We have been hearing, as we head towards


summer and spring, are we likely to see any relief in the pressures on


A, not if last summer is anything to go by. Those pressures seem to be


existing 12 months a year across the health and social care system. We


have had a growing number of calls from the Doctor's union and the


Royal colleges of medicine, from the Local Government Association, for


extra funds to try and address the growing difficulties that are being


experienced across the health and care sector. But there is little


sign ministers in England, at least, are being swayed by those growing


difficulties. Back to you. Dominic, thank you.


An independent report has concluded unsafe construction at schools


in Edinburgh was the fault of the council and the


It says it was just luck that no one was killed when a wall at one


primary school collapsed just over a year ago.


It was one of 17 schools which were then closed after safety


concerns and over 8000 pupils were affected.


Spread across an entire city, 17 schools closed for months,


Nine tonnes of masonry blown to the ground at Oxgangs Primary,


a question of timing and luck that no one was killed.


The bad memory is fading for the Mackle family,


It's a lot quieter in the playground than it used to be.


You have faith that people who are building public


buildings are doing it to an acceptable standard.


You know, when I'm asked the question, is this building safe.


Explaining why thousands of pupils were disrupted for months has been


Its conclusions, safety failings weren't the result of how


the buildings were financed, but instead, poor


Crucial materials were poorly-fitted or missing,


and the problems were much wider than one rogue bricklayer.


It was also a failure of inspection and oversight.


When this school was being built, one of the architects raised


concerns with the contractor about the way the walls


He told the enquiry those concerns were ignored,


and they were powerless to do anything about it.


The fact that there were different contractors,


different subcontractors, and the same faults turned up


in the schools and in other schools in Scotland,


where we found five walls collapse in the last four years.


It says that this is something which isn't just here


Inspections of all types of public building are underway


The question posed, should others be doing the same?


The government has insisted it's not abandoning vulnerable refugees,


despite a decision to wind up a scheme allowing unaccompanied


350 young people, mostly from Syria, have been offered sanctuary


The Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the programme risked


encouraging people traffickers, and that it would be


Here's our Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford.


Stranded at a hospital in Athens, this man is an Afghan refugee, 17


years old. Without any other family, he wants to come to Britain and was


being helped by the charity, Safe Passage. But now the government says


the charity will only take 150 more. It is really hard for me to achieve


my aims, to achieve my goals. Because here, there isn't a perfect


school or perfect college for the refugees. 200 boys and girls were


brought to England... It was the transport of the 1930s but saved


thousands of Jewish children from the Nazis, that inspired the


government to take in more of the day's child refugees from Europe. I


am a refugee and I came to England at the age of six. Among those saved


in the 30s was Lord dubs, who pushed to get the law amended. Today he


told me the government had broken its promises. When something calls


for humanitarian action, and when, as I believe, the majority of people


support the humanitarian action, the government have behaved shamefully


by saying we don't want any more. It is disappointing and I don't think


they should have done it. Those who want to help more child refugees,


including the Archbishop of Canterbury, said the government was


going back on commitments it made last year. But ministers say,


there's no point in inviting thousands of children here, if the


local councils, who will have to look after them, cannot cope. These


are children who need looking after over a period. When we access them,


it is not job done, it is making sure we work with local authorities,


that we have the right safeguarding in place and that is why we engage


with the local authorities. But the Home Secretary was warned that if


the refugee children are not helped now, they will try to make their own


way to Britain. They are heading back to Calais, back to Dunkirk,


back to the danger and in the arms of the people traffickers and the


smugglers, the exploitation, abuse and prostitution rings and back into


the modern slavery that this Parliament and this government has


pledged to end. There are tens of thousands of refugee children in


limbo in Europe, but the government prefers its other schemes for


settling vulnerable refugees from the camps nearest to Syria.


Four men convicted of sexually abusing young teenage girls


in Rochdale are facing deportation to Pakistan.


The men, who were part of a child grooming ring in the town,


An immigration tribunal upheld the government's decision to strip


But the four men can still appeal against the decision.


Private tenants in England are being unfairly evicted


from their homes and now some leading MPs are also claiming


a new law to protect them isn't working.


The law was introduced to stop so-called revenge evictions,


people being thrown out because they'd complained about


In response to a Freedom of Information request to hundreds


55% said they had stopped no such evictions.


26% recorded no figures on the problem.


Radio 1's Newsbeat reporter Dan Whitworth has more details.


Damp, mould, faulty electrics and broken windows and boilers that


don't get fixed when it's cold. They are classed as category one hazards,


in other words, they are so bad, they pose a risk to health. They are


things that Leeds City Council housing inspectors that are all too


familiar with. This is private rented accommodation? People paying


to rents, making complaints and nothing happening and they could be


under revenge eviction is? That is why they are not coming forward to


make a complaint. He is talking about people like 27-year-old lives.


Lights not working? The whole wall is full of damp. This whole area is


damp. It is the whole wall. When I came here, I didn't want to move in,


because I saw the state of the front door. I don't want to keep on


complaining, because he might say to me, out you go. What are you worried


about? Being on the street. You are worried about being on the street?


Yes, I have been on the streets and it is not nice. I am going to start


crying... Sorry. He is horrible. Sorry. It's all right. So that is


obviously why you don't want to complain too much, because that is


the only option to you? Government figures suggest around 1 million


Private rented properties in England, don't meet its own decent


homes standard. This is the kitchen. What is that? MPs who help hold the


government to account, same rogue landlords are avoiding their


responsibilities. Is this law working? Clearly not. I cannot


believe there are that number of authorities where no one has been


the subject to a revenge eviction. The government says revenge


evictions are red, and thanks to its new law, councils have all the


powers they need to stop them. Record numbers of patients


waited more than four hours in A Coming up, I am alive at FA


headquarters at Wembley as more pressure is applied to the National


sports governing body, a year to go until the winter


Olympics starts in North Korea, we bore me the stars that hope to make


it a best ever Winter games for Team GB.


More now on the pressures on the NHS, and the possible


long term solutions to its seemingly


There have been many calls this week for the government to give it more


money and match the funding in some other European countries.


Branwen Jeffreys has been to Germany where spending on health


is the highest in Europe, to look at the strengths


Doctors on the walk round, they never worry


Germany has almost three times as many as the UK.


One day after the operation, I can walk...


For George, that means almost no waiting.


In England, patients wait several months.


For George, it's been just a few weeks since the decision was made.


The doctor said to me, I have to decide when I want


Normally, it takes three or four weeks


All of this paid for by health insurance,


14% of George's salary, split between him and his employer.


Germany's health system is convenient but expensive.


And that worries doctors, so in order to save money


in the long term, they are putting more effort now and more time


with patients into convincing them to stay healthy.


It's a lot of time to convince him, to try another way, but it would be


better to lose ten kilograms of weight to solve the problem


with his diabetes and hypothalamus instead of taking pills.


You have the time now under this system? Yeah.


Doctors here in the Black Forest have been given a financial


incentive to make patients healthier overall by joining up care.


Many parts of the NHS are trying to do the same.


Here, there are cheaper gym sessions, cooking lessons,


a music group, it's subsidised by health insurance


As a result, they're spending 6% less on looking after patients.


So I asked the health manager running it all,


why isn't the rest of Germany worried about cost?


Yeah, the economy runs so well in Germany, so the social health


institutions and insurance firms have no problems.


But everybody knows it's just a question of time.


It may result in five years, or it may result in 8-10 years,


The rolling countryside of Thuringia, hundreds of miles


north-east of the Black Forest, villages where there are more


There is more money in the German system, but that doesn't mean


Here in what they call Germany's Green Heart,


they have a terrible shortage of GPs, and it's because of that


that they're finally to begin to really change the way they work.


Many doctors still work alone in Germany, but here,


Doctors simply can't meet all the needs of their ageing patients.


We don't have relatives, and the doctors have to make home


visits, and there is often not enough time in the do that.


That's why we were able a few years ago to make home visits.


A visit from the nurse keeps these older patients well.


Germany's population is one of the fastest ageing in the world.


They have the money now to make the changes needed in the future.


Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News, Thuringia.


There's more pressure on the Football Association tonight


They've passed a motion of no confidence in its leadership


and have called on parliament to step in and reform


Our Sports Editor Dan Roan is at Wembley for us.


Now we've had this vote at Westminster, what happens now?


Today's debate may have been attended by fewer MPs than are


needed for a full-scale match, but it represents a ramping up of


pressure on the National sports governing body. It comes after years


of frustration from the critics for what is a slow pace of process, when


it comes to governance reforms, many are upset by the lack of diversity


and independence. They are worried about a perceived dominance by the


Premier League, its wealth and power, following various footballing


failings by the England team, but off field scandals and mishaps as


well. The past represents the beginning of a lobbying process


which could lead in footballing terms to the nuclear option, actual


legislation, forcing the FA to act. We believe now that


legislation is the only way That was the recommendation


of the last three chairman of the FA to the Select Committee


to save the FA Cup reform itself, the turkeys won't vote


for Christmas, there has to be external pressure and external


action on legislation to achieve it. The government says it is prepared


to legislate if its tactic of threatening funding cuts to the FA,


if they don't reform by the end of March, doesn't work. The FHM and


Greg Clarke says he will step down if he fails to convince government


and his own councillors to change. It doesn't have any clout, today's


vote, but it does represent another attack on the FA.


If you're a man, and you were born after 1980,


you'll be lucky to earn as much as your dad.


That's according to new research that suggests so-called


'Millennial men' will earn a total of ?12,500 less than


their fathers by the time they reached 30.


Women, by contrast, have moved into higher paying roles.


Our correspondent Duncan Kennedy has the details.


Question, how do you put a spring into the step of a generation that


supposedly has it all? Except the jobs and wages enjoyed by their


parents. These are the so-called millennial 's, born between 1981 and


2000, whose ups have apparently outnumbered the Downs. Four young


men especially, the truth is, they are the first to fall behind the


previous generation. Take match, he is 24, and 19-year-old Ben. They


have found rewarding jobs with Oxygen, but admit they can't match


their parents. My dad managed to get himself a well


earned job, and he has been in it his whole life, whereas I have had


to go through 4-5 job is to get a job that I am happy with.


I think it is something that needs to be looked into. It is harder for


us if we want to aspire to and be as successful as our parents, it sets


us off on a slow start. To give you an idea of how tough it


is, take a look at this. There has been a 40% decrease in young men


working in manufacturing, 45% rise in the number of young men working


in low paid jobs like retail. Overall, they have learned something


like ?12,000 less from the generation that came before them. It


is the disappearance of high skill, high paid jobs of the past that have


driven these changes. The report today says women have bucked the


trend, moving into better jobs. But what about the parents of millennial


men? Should young men be earning more than their parents?


In this day and age, you would have thought so, really. Yeah. It is


opposed to get better. Everybody expects kids to do better


than the previous generation, don't they?


Many believe today's young people are over rewarded in life, but it


seems millennial can sometimes mean minimal.


They're two of Britain's best sprinters - James Ellington,


a two-time Olympian - and Nigel Levine, a 400m specialist


But last month, they were involved in a road accident,


their injuries were described as 'career threatening'.


They're now back in the UK, receiving treatment,


and one of them, James Ellington, has been speaking


James Ellington is one of Britain's's finest sprinters,


but today he's learning to walk again.


Three weeks ago, Ellington was involved in a head on collision


as a passenger on a motorbike during a training camp in Tenerife.


When I was on the floor, and there was blood everywhere,


I looked at my leg, and my leg was in pieces.


I lost six pints of blood, so I was laying there thinking


to myself, what the hell is going on?


This was the x-ray of his right tibia...


Ellington's surgeon described the injury is as career threatening.


He suffered an open fracture of his right leg, a broken left


ankle and damage to his pelvis, and an eye socket.


The crash was so horrific, I don't most people would've


When I was laying in a hospital bed in Tenerife, and I see my team-mates


come to visit me and stuff, they looked pretty emotional.


Because I knew that I was lucky to be alive.


2016 was Ellington's best year to date.


He competed against the likes of Usain Bolt at the Rio Olympics.


Four years earlier, he auctioned himself on eBay


just to fund his journey to the London games.


Ellington will need all that determination and more if he's


to complete what would be incredible return to the track.


What is your outlook for your future as a sprinter?


Being an athlete and a determined person, I think this


is going to be something that I will want to come back from.


Imagine that, being on the track after what you have been through.


I know, I know, it's crazy. But I believe I can do it.


That belief is familiar to Ellington, but success now


has a new perspective. David Ornstein, BBC News.


Yesterday it was lovely to the west. 11 degrees with sunshine almost


feeling like spring. Today, the cold air that has been sitting across the


East Coast has seeped west. More cloud and disappointing in west


Wales, a high of four through the afternoon. We will keep the cold


field tonight, and easterly breeze with the potential to drive in more


showers. It will only be a cold one as well with temperatures falling


below freezing in more rules spots. Tomorrow, we start with the risk of


showers, maybe icy surfaces first thing in the morning. The best


brightness in western areas, but you will be lucky if you see that much


sunshine, maybe across the Cornish foot, Pembrokeshire with sunshine,


but not one, 4-5 at the best. Yet again, across the Norfolk coast,


temperatures will struggle around one degree. Add on the wind, not


very pleasant. In Northern Ireland, the Lake District and into Scotland,


not too bad, sunshine but with showers across the Northern Isles in


cabin seem -- Aberdeenshire. -10 in northern Scotland, and towards the


night, more enhanced showers of snow. If few centimetres to higher


ground, a heavy dusting in lower levels on Saturday morning, don't


get too excited, kids, the snow showers turned to rain as we go


through the day on Saturday. It will be a cloudy and cold day in


north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland. Fancy a change for Sunday?


Think again, I'm afraid. Cloud and grey, still disappointingly cold.


Don't shoot the messenger. New figures reveal the worst waiting


times in ten two departments in England.


That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me.


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