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The Health Secretary admits waiting times in A and E


in hospitals in England are completely unacceptable.


Figures show patients are waiting longer than at any time


That kind of care is completely unacceptable.


No one would want it for members of their own family.


And new figures today reveal the number of cancelled operations


last year was the highest in fifteen years.


A discredited government investigation into thousands


of allegations of abuse by Iraq war veterans is shut down.


This will be a huge relief to hundreds of British troops


who have had these quite unfair allegations hanging over them,


A court in the US refuses to reinstate Donald Trump's travel


ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries.


Scottish Power raises its energy prices while British gas announces


And desperate efforts to save over four hundred whales that washed up


Coming up in sport we are live here in Cardiff


at the Principality Stadium to preview all of this weekend's 6


Nations fixtures including Wales against England.


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says it's "completely unacceptable"


that some patients in England are waiting up to 13 hours in A


Figures show that waiting times in casualty units are worse


And the number of operations cancelled at the last minute hit


Mr Hunt insists he does have an improvement plan -


though didn't reveal it - and he admits it will take time.


He was talking to our Health Editor Hugh Pym.


The worst monthly A figures in more than a decade. They have


corridor nurses as well. Times are very desperate. Images like this


across BBC News. No one would want it for members of their own family.


It has been a difficult few days for the Health Secretary and he has now


come out and acknowledge that some of what is happening in the


hospitals in England is unacceptable. The BBC has shown


images from Royal Blackburn of people waiting 13 hours, mothers and


babies sitting in the corridor, are you embarrassed? It is incredibly


frustrating for me. I am doing this job because I want NHS care to be


the safest and best in the world. That kind of care is completely


unacceptable, no one would want it for members of their own family. Ara


Sibley's story featured on BBC News this week. She had to wait six


months in hospital before a care home place was available. What did


Jeremy Hunt have to say to her family? I don't want to make any


kind of excuses. It is totally unacceptable. It is terrible for Mrs


Sibley but also bad for the NHS... It is not the only case. No. There


are no excuses. It is completely unacceptable. Her son said he was


pleased that Jeremy Hunt had recognised that his mother was let


down but he had this message for the Health Secretary. What I would like


to say to Jeremy Hunt is to admit, to have the guts, to admit, that the


system of social funding is broken. If we have to pay more, I would say


to Jeremy Hunt, I am prepared to pay more in tax and I am sure most of


the country would be as well, because our old people are worth it.


And the state of social care was something I raised with Jeremy Hunt.


We recognise the pressure is there. We recognise there is a problem


about the sustainability of the social care system and that has to


be addressed and we will do that. There have been calls for more


funding for the NHS in England including from an American health


expert who advise David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt and he thinks the


current spending plans of the government are set too low. I have


serious doubts as to whether you can have the health care that is


universal, not rationed, and responsive to the needs at that


target level. I am concerned. But others say it is not just about


money and getting the NHS to be more efficient is important, with new


ways of working the real priority. Jeremy Hunt says that change is


needed on many fronts. I think it is wrong to suggest to people that


these profound challenges such as we face with an ageing population are


ones where there is a silver bullet that you can solve the problem


overnight. We need the help of the public, because we know that a


number of the people seen in A could actually have


their needs dealt with in another part of the NHS. New figures show


last minute cancelled operations in England were up 16% last year,


whether it is A, routine surgery or community care, the pressure is


clear across the NHS. A 34 million pound government


investigation into allegations of abuse by Iraq war veterans


is to be shut down. It follows a report by MPs


which called the work of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team


an unmitigated failure. Thousands of cases have been


investigated but there's not been Around 90% of misconduct cases


involving British troops who served in Afghanistan


are also being dropped. It is almost 14 years since British


troops invaded Iraq and the legacy of the war is still causing


controversy. In the aftermath of the occupation thousands of allegations


of abuse were made against British soldiers. And a special team called


IHAT was set up to investigate them. The human rights lawyer Phil Shiner


brought most of the claims but last week he was struck off after he had


been found to be dishonest and to have paid agents to drum up


business. Now the Ministry of Defence is wrapping up the


investigation early. This will be a huge relief to hundreds of British


troops who have had these quite unfair allegations hanging over


them. They are now being freed of that and we will put in place new


measures to ensure that this never happens again, that there are proper


safeguards to prevent completely malicious and unfounded allegations


being made against our brave servicemen and women. There is no


doubt that some abuses did happen in Iraq, these were detainees being


beaten in Basra in 2003 and over the past few years the Ministry of


Defence has paid out millions in compensation. But the IHAT


investigation has been criticised for getting out of hand. It was set


up seven years ago and it has had to examine more than 3000 claims. It


has caused over ?34 million. IHAT and its work has been controversial


in the military but the downfall of Phil Shiner and mounting concern


over the toll it was taking on former soldiers and their families


has led the MoD to act. I think this is something important, it will make


a big statement to the Army and most importantly it shows that the


government is foursquare behind supporting the Army and providing it


with the appropriate framework in which our soldiers can deal with


those very difficult operational decisions that they have to deal


with. Of all the allegations made over the course of Britain's long


involvement in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence now says that by the summer,


only about 20 will be left to be investigated. Just a few will


continue to be investigated. The investigation was being wound down


but the decision today has been precipitated by the end of Phil


Shiner 's career and also by a blistering attack by MPs today,


calling the investigation a disaster. Former soldiers have


welcomed the decision, a lawyer representing some of them said that


IHAT had been incompetent and repugnant and he said the careers


and families have been destroyed. What happens now is that the Royal


Navy police will take over the investigation next year and all of


the claims brought by Phil Shiner that had any


evidence to back them up are now been thrown out and the MoD says


there should be about 20 cases left and I am told some of those are


pretty serious allegations. Caroline, thank you.


Police in Manchester say a man and a woman have died


in a house fire in Withington, four children are now in hospital.


Firefighters were called to the property in the south


of the city at around 2:30 this morning.


The children, aged between ten and 17, are being treated


Another man is in a serious condition.


Police have launched an investigation into


Britain's entire fleet of Royal Navy's attack submarines


is currently out of operation due to repairs and maintenance work.


Seven nuclear-powered subs are classed as non operational,


including three new Astute class vessels - they are the most powerful


attack submarines ever operated by the Royal Navy costing over


Over 300 kilos of cocaine with a potential value of 50 million


pounds has washed up on the coast of Norfolk.


A number of holdalls containing the drug were found on two beaches


We can talk to Debbie Tubby on the beach at Hopton-on-Sea.


That's one of the beaches where the drugs washed up...


That's right. It is thought that some people walking their dog


yesterday found some cocaine in a sports holdall and they reported it


to Norfolk Police and today the authorities have spent the day


searching and 14 miles of this coastline looking for further bags


and they have found extra bags. Those bags were tied by a rope to


big green plastic containers to stop the Class A drugs from sinking in


the water. Now it is thought that the experts have now found 360 kilos


and if it was cut and sold it would be worth ?50 million.


The National Crime Agency says it is investigating why those drugs were


washed up here in Norfolk. They'd do not think here was the intended


destination and they do say tonight that this is a huge blow to the


criminals involved. Thank you very much.


That's the response of President Donald Trump


to a court in the United States, which has refused to reinstate his


ban on travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries.


The controversial immigration reform was suspended last week.


But the President appears determined to continue the legal battle.


Our North America Editor Jon Sopel reports.


A full ceremonial welcome as President Trump greeted the Japanese


Prime Minister at the White House on a cold crisp morning. That was as


nothing compared to the icy blast coming from the West Wing after last


night 's court ruling. Donald Trump tweeting very soon afterwards in


block capitals, a sure sign of irritation... And then he bumped


into reporters and said this. It is a political decision. You believe


the judges... We have a situation where the security of our country is


at stake. It is a very serious situation. So I will look forward to


seeing them in court. In Washington state which brought the original


case, defiance to Donald Trump's see you in court. We have seen him in


court twice. And we are two for two. We respect that the President has


broad authority when it comes to executive orders, but they still


have to follow the constitution. That's the bottom line. The three


federal Appeal Court judges ruled that there is no evidence that any


alien from any country is named in the order has perpetrated a


terrorist attack in the United States. The safety valve for the


most vulnerable people offered no explanation for how these wave of


provisions would function in practice. And in conclusion the


judges say, competing public interest do not justify a state, in


other words, the decision of the lower court will not be overturned.


The next and last legal stop is the Supreme Court, with one vacancy


still to be filled, it is split evenly between four liberal and for


Conservative justices. If they were too tight, then the judgment of the


lower court would be upheld. The President and his advisors have a


tough decision to make. Daily press on, take this to the Supreme Court


and risk another defeat? Or rip up the existing executive


order, redrafted and admit that they got it wrong in the first place. Not


easy choices. The President promised during the campaign that he would


win so much Americans would get bored of winning. This is not the


story so far on his migrant ban. Thank you everybody. Jon Sopel, BBC


News, Washington. Scottish Power has become the latest


of the Big Six energy companies It's increasing the cost


of electricity by almost 11 per cent But British Gas says it's freezing


prices until August. Our personal finance correspondent


Simon Gompertz is here - why the difference in prices


from these two companies? Why the difference in prices from


these companies? British Gas says it is evidence of competition at work


and that is important for them because it means it is less likely


that they will have MPs and even ministers breathing down their necks


about high gas and electricity prices. ScottishPower putting up


prices from more than 1 million of its customers on standard tariffs,


not the fixed once and then British Gas saying it is winter price freeze


will now be extended through until August. Evidence that they do not


move as they herd as they are often accused of doing. ScottishPower say


it is harder to get hold of gas and electricity at cheap prices, they


have to pay for subsidies for new smart meters, British Gas say that


they have kept their running costs down. The big question now after


that good news for 5 million British Gas customers is what two other big


companies, SSE and aeon are going to do because they also had a winter


price freeze but they have not said what they will do next and they will


The Health Secretary tells the BBC waiting times in A


in hospitals in England are completely unacceptable.


History, rivalry, aggression, humour is all part of the Six Nations. I


look back at the build-up and forward to the rugby here in


Cardiff. On Sportsday, who can catch Chelsea?


Liverpool and Spurs go head-to-head tomorrow. Another big weekend in the


Premier League. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn


is continuing to carry out his reshuffle, following the resignation


of several shadow cabinet ministers and a rebellion by Labour MPs


over the Brexit bill. One of the big tests


of his leadership will be the byelections due to take place


this month in the Labour-held seats Our Deputy Political


Editor, John Pienaar, has been talking to voters


in both constituencies. John Pienaar is in Hanley


and he wants to know how people feel about the by-election


in Stoke-on-Trent Central. Is Stoke going to


stay a Labour city? I think for far too long we've been


taken for granted by Labour. I'd like to think it was


going to stay Labour. They sort of work for


everybody, don't they? Whereas I don't know, the guys


who are potentially going to get in, are quite bigoted in


a couple of their views. By all accounts, the Labour


candidate is pro-European. So how does that square with 70%


plus anti-European votes? You have been Labour,


but you're switching? Most probably.


I most probably switch this year. You're still agonising


a bit about it? This is a really big deal


in national politics, isn't it? Is Labour's traditional support


in industrial towns like this one in Stoke, away


from London and the big cities, Well look, most people here voted


to leave the European Union. Most of the MPs here,


the Labour MPs here, And Jeremy Corbyn, he is popular


with his party members. When it comes to the wider


public, not so much. One senior Labour MP has said that


Labour here is hanging on by its fingernails against


the challenge of the UK Messages, thousands, came


in oun our BBC Facebook live page. "Jeremy Corbyn was a big


election issue for Labour." "Full of honesty, respect


and integrity," says Stephen. "Corbynites are enthusiastic,


but he costs votes." Labour is under siege


in two by-elections on Voters who never wanted Brexit


are being targeted by the Liberal Democrats


and the Greens. Will Ukip's campaigners see


their leader become Stoke's new MP? That would strike fear into Labour's


Brexit-supporting heartland. Tory campaigners are


daring to dream of They ran Ukip close in Stoke,


but in Copeland they feel they can beat Labour,


the first government gain over its main opponents


in a by-election in 35 years. So Labour is fighting


door to door, street to And far to the north,


where Labour is facing a hard slog to survive


in a very different setting. In Copeland's coastal


town of Whitehaven, Ask almost anyone,


Jeremy Corbyn's past opposition to nuclear power counts


against his party. Though voting Labour


here is an old habit. Well, I'm going to stay with Labour,


because I just think it's for the And all my family has


always voted Labour. Because of the workforce


at Sellafield, and what it creates in the wider


community, and what Mr Corbyn said about nuclear power,


they've got to think of themselves. And for the long-term


future of Sellafield, Losing here or in Stoke means talk


of existential crisis for Labour. Rejected by once loyal voters


who now feel left out and And to see a full list of candidates


for both the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland by-elections,


visit our website. French police have arrested four


people in Montpellier on suspicion of planning an imminent terrorist


attack. The three men and a 16-year-old girl were detained after


they bought bomb-making chemicals. Police said the teenager had pledged


loyalty to so-called Islamic State in a recent video. The explosives


discovered were similar to those used in the Paris attacks in


November 20 15. The London firm, Pimlico Plumbers,


has lost a legal battle over whether it should give freelance


workers the same rights to pensions, holiday and sick pay,


as permanent staff. The company went to the Court


of Appeal after a plumber on a self-employed contract,


Gary Smith, won a tribunal He wanted to work fewer days after


an illness and argued he was entitled to the same rights as


permanent staff. Liverpool Football Club has banned journalists from the


sun newspaper from covering all matches and press conferences at


Anfield. The decision was taken after discussions with the club and


a campaign group opposed to the paper because of its coverage of the


Hillsborough disaster in 1989. More than 400 whales have beached


on the coast of New Zealand, one of the worst whale strandings


ever seen in the country. Volunteers in the community


of Farewell Spit are racing to save and refloat them,


but around 300 have already died, and time


is running out for the rest. Stranded, distressed


and barely alive. Volunteers have come from far


and wide to save the whales beached This is the third-largest


mass stranding that we've recorded in our history


and so it's a very large one, logistically it's


a massive undertaking. The whales started


stranding last night, We were notified of that,


and then this morning checked on them most


of the whales were already dead. I've never experienced


death like this before. For such a majestic animal


it's really strange There's a lot of death


here, eh, which is a sad, sad thing, but, hey,


if we can get some of them out it's Scientists don't know exactly why


whales beach themselves. Anybody that doesn't have a sheet


over the whale, make sure those sheets are really nice and wet,


not covering the blowhole... Rescuers tried to re-float


some of the whales at high tide, but some just turned


straight back to shore. Whale strandings in


New Zealand are common. Just two years earlier 200


whales beached here. But this is one of the country's


worst mass strandings. It's another weekend of fierce


rivalry, intense pressure and big expectations


in the Six Nations tournament. England take on Wales tomorrow,


and if England win, they will be just three games away


from breaking the world record for the most


unbeaten test matches, a title currently


held by New Zealand. Italy take on Ireland,


and Scotland play France on Sunday. Much anticipation there, I would


imagine? Absolutely. You have 30 players on the pitch who expressed


the rivalry with aggression. So we can express it in a traditional


friendly way. Ireland may not lose again. Scotland feel they have


nothing to lose. It is a long time since England lost to anybody. Why


would they feel nervous this weekend? They are in Cardiff.


Long before the bridge there was rugby.


The journey to Wales has petrified England,


In 2013 Wales scored 30 points in Cardiff, England humbled.


The coach says it's just another city.


Yes, but in Cardiff it's named after the Welsh captain,


I think the game does mean a lot to a lot of people.


We are able to share that, hopefully we can share it


I think we're very fortunate to have a stadium that is suitable


We've experienced lights, fire, music.


England's Jones, Eddie, now expects what he calls shenanigans.


What are the shenanigans you're prepared for?


Oh, I don't know, but, you know, they're a cunning lot,


You know, they've got goats, they've got daffodils,


Well, mischievous friendly rivalry, that's what the 6


It is an outlet for passion and that's exactly why England have


decided that here in Cardiff the roof should be open


for the game, allowing all that Welsh noise to escape into the sky.


Well, everyone in professional sport is trying to find an edge.


Gareth Southgate - yes, the England football manager -


was at rugby training this week, seeking a different perspective.


Well, England fly-half George Ford finished the session


and then told me he won't be in Wales in fear.


I think, as a player, if you learn to embrace it and learn


to be excited about it, I think that's the best


If you look back and you feel like you didn't enjoy it,


After their scintillating victory over Ireland last weekend,


Scotland suddenly look like the team to beat in the 6 Nations.


The roof is going to be open at Cardiff.


Time for a look at the weather with Louise Lear.


Maybe some showers across Cardiff. Cloudy, cold wintry showers this


weekend. This Weather Watchers picture sums at up. A great,


threatening sky. A dusting of snow. Pretty dismal on the east coast. The


showers have been isolated but they have been a nuisance. A cluster


moved through the Midlands earlier on. They will continue overnight,


becoming widespread. Expect a fairly significant dusting at lower levels.


Three to five centimetres across the East. Further west, clearer skies.


It will be a cold start across the country. We will start with some


glimpses of sunshine across western Scotland. It is the snow showers


that will be the feature first thing. They will be falling as snow


across Aberdeenshire, running down the East coast. Rain across the


coast. For a lower levels at a time there will be some snow showers in


the morning. It will be a cold start to the day across East Anglia.


Through the day, those showers may well just push a little bit further


west. We could see some snow showers into North Wales, and East Wales,


may as far south as Somerset. Not a particularly warm honey were across


the country, particularly when you think about the strength of that


wind. -- anywhere. Further snow on Saturday night into Sunday,


particularly over the Pennines and in the Peak District. Then the snow


will ease back to rain on Sunday. It will be windy. Gales across Scotland


and northern England for a time. Quite dismal. Temperatures of


similar values. Between four and 6 degrees. If you are out and about


how might you will notice a difference. Sunshine will be at a


premium. I can hear you groaning of the television. I will finish this


forecast on a glimmer of good news. As we move into next week, fingers


crossed, it looks as though the winds will swing to a southerly and


we will see more in the way of sunshine, and maybe a little more in


the way of warmth. The Health Secretary acknowledges


patients are facing "completely unacceptable" delays


at hospitals in England. But Jeremy Hunt says the NHS


is not alone in dealing So it's goodbye from me,


and on BBC One we join the BBC's