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Good evening, I'm Charlie McArdle, welcome to BBC Channel Islands.
Jersey's Health Department is criticised on how taxpayers'
money is spent for Family Nursing and home care.
In the best interests of proper accounting, it should all be laid
out and transparent. Changes to charges to
improve transparency Plus, work starts on one of Jersey's
busiest junctions to make it easier And, winter is not quite done with
us yet. Some heavy showers this week, some bright bells, the winds
will ease but is still cold. More details from me later in the
programme. A lack of transparency
and accountability are just some of the criticisms surrounding
changes to Government funding for Family Nursing
and home care in Jersey. The Health Department is cutting
the subsidies it gives to the charity to provide home care
services, but a scrutiny report into this has led to questions
on how taxpayers' money is being used, as Emma
Chambers reports. It's a service that is
going to get a lot more expensive for Family Nursing
and home care clients. From ?11 an hour, it
will double to ?22 an hour. That's because home care
provision is moving into the commercial market -
putting an end to This led to a scrutiny review -
which today has criticised the way tax payers money used to support
the charity wasn't The funding for home care
was included in a block grant of several million pounds
for all sorts of things, which included the district nursing
as well the health visitors and children's health services,
so all of that was paid for in a lump sum without either
party knowing how it was broken down or having a service
level agreement in place. In the best interests
of proper accounting, it should all be laid
out and transparant. Both Family Nursing
and the Health Minister have refused an interview with the BBC
on the lack of transparency when it comes to funding -
but in statements, they both say they acknowledge the report's
findings and are working closely with each other to finalise
the details of their The scrutiny review also highlighted
other issues, including a lack of communication
and an unrealistic timescale, which they say has helped delay
the grant cut by an extra year. We wanted to make sure
that the clients of family nursing and home care wouldn't be left
without support, financial support if they needed it, and also,
as a result of our report, we trust the minister has extended
time in which these clients can apply for the benefits
they might need. Which should come into effect
later this year, to help the extra costs these clients will have
to face when the grant Guernsey's emergency department
is overhauling the way It means some simple
procedures will be cheaper, while more complex cases
will cost more. The States took over
the Emergency Department from a private company
in September last year. Some say you can't put
a price on your health. In Guernsey, you have
to pay for primary care. And that includes trips
to the Emergency Department. This board lists all the treatments
you could be charged for. What we have done is try to make
them more open and transparent so the public no more upfront, the
charges now will include all the additional 's that were previously
added on, like a blood test or inoculation, it's all included in
the categories now, sorts more open to the public to understand what the
charges will be. Behind me is a blue board that lists the prices of the
treatments here at the emergency department. That is all set to
change on Wednesday, to include more transparency so people understand
what they are charged for, and because the States are providing the
care, not at private. We are told that some treatments will be
cheaper, but some will be more expensive.
For example, if you go into the Emergency Department
with a finger injury before the first March, it'll cost ?172.
And under the new charging structure, it'll cost ?155.
But if you present with abdominal pain, the fee and treatment
The States insists it's not charging for profit.
Is 3.7 million to run the department on an annual basis. We do believe
the charges we have set will only be about 2.2 million estimated and the
rest will be picked up from the budget, so it's not the protractor
make a budget or even cover the full costs, we're just trying to refer
from what the service means. So the States has put
a price on your health, but it hopes most of the new charges
will ease the financial pain. A 57-year-old man from Jersey
has died while skiing Mark Le Sueur from Trinity,
who was known to many as Frank, was skiing in the resort
of Val D'Isere last Thursday. Emergency medical treatment
was given on the mountainside before he was airlifted by helicopter
to Grenoble Hospital but died from a heart
attack before he arrived. Aurigny is offering
islanders facing bereavement Fares will be capped
at ?75 one-way for flights Flights between Alderney and the UK,
via Guernsey, will be capped at Aurigny hopes the fares will make
a difference to those facing expensive flights when booking
last-minute in the case The compassionate fares scheme comes
into effect on the first of March. You're watching the BBC
in the Channel Islands. Later in Spotlight with
Justin and Victoria... The work of a forgotten
postman poet from Devon, born nearly 200 years ago,
is being revived for a new audience. You may have noticed some
changes to the layout at Green Street
roundabout in Jersey. A new pedestrian crossing
and new kerb lines have been put in place before resurfacing
in a couple of weeks. They're all part of plans
to make it safer and easier It's one of Jersey's busiest
junctions and work has already started to make it easier
for everyone to use. This morning, you may have
noticed a new kerb line. These black and yellow blocks
are temporary and adjust the layout They bring the roundabout up
to modern design standards and it's hoped they'll make it
safer for everyone. We've tested it in the office
and we've had the bus company down here on trials with large vehicles,
so we're confident that it won't cause an obstacle course -
it should just make There's also a new zebra
crossing at Green Street which was included in plans
for the new police station. It is to give pedestrians and other
safe place to cross. It was because of the police station being built.
There was concern raised in the States that the crossing
facilities for people coming through Snow Hill car park
through to the police station could be improved and we did
an assessment of that and decided that we could install a pair
of zebra crossings on Green Street, just to the north of the roundabout.
Work to resurface the roundabout will start in two weeks and it's
being done after seven o'clock in the evening and on Sundays
Sport now and Guernsey FC beat fellow strugglers
East Grinstead Town on Saturday to put more
distance between themselves and the Ryman South relegation zone.
Dave Rihoy capitalised on a defensive mistake and scored
the only goal of the game - the Green Lions held
on for the remaining 83 minutes to secure three points.
We've had some good performances recently, certainly the last two are
an example. Some of the road this year, we have out what we deserved,
but today I'm pleased with the players because they deserve the
three points, they deserve to enjoy it, because the shifts they put in
was incredible. Well done to them. We've had it all weather wise today,
and there's a red flood warning for Jersey's south coast this
evening, with high tide and strong winds expected to come together just
after seven and there is a similar warning for Guernsey's
coastal roads. With the latest forecast,
here's David Braine. Hello. The good news is the winds
will eventually ease, but at the moment the coincidence of spring
tides, low-pressure and the strength of wind giving us at continued risk
of some coastal flooding. Not just for Jersey, but some of the roads
around Guernsey. The times of high water this evening around 730. The
forecast for all of us for the next couple of days remains blustery, but
it hasn't stopped you getting outside and taking some pictures.
This was a lovely picture. Rather leaden skies, it has to say. The
showers will continue, some sunshine, the winds eventually
easing, but probably not happening until we get to Wednesday,
especially in the Thursday. We have got areas of low-pressure swirling
around us at the moment. One weather system moves away into the near but
another one follows. There are the afternoon tomorrow, you may get a
break in the cloud around lunchtime, but then showers turn up again. The
nature is that one location will get huge downpours, but the next will
stay dry with sunshine. By Wednesday, slightly less colder,
milder air, more persistent rain at a time, then on Thursday the showers
return. Plenty of showers across as overnight. It will feel quite cold,
blustery winds from the southwest, with a minimum temperature of two or
three Celsius. Even with those sorts of temperatures, not freezing, and
the just above, there was a good chance that the showers will
continue. Tomorrow morning, we lose the first line of showers, through
the morning it is bright and largely dry, the sunshine will be out for a
while although it doesn't feel warm. Then another bunch of showers
common, eight or nine Celsius the maximum temperature. There are our
times of high waters. Some pretty big waves, most of the west facing
beaches will be messy if not blown out because of the strength of the
wind. And the coastal water forecast... More persistent rain for
time on Wednesday morning. At that brighter in the afternoon. Thursday
the best day of the week. More clouds turning up on Friday. Thank
you very much. There is something that could be handy.
A long-buried sewer has been discovered at Guernsey's Victorian
Volunteers found it after searching for a reason as to why vegetables
and flowers would not grow in one particular area.
The complete Victorian septic drainage system is thought
The largest chamber which is eight foot long, four foot wide and nine
foot deep will now be used to help deal with occasional
You're up-to-date with the news from the Channel Islands -
I'll be back at 8pm with an update and then again at 10:30pm.
glimpse. Why have you come back today? My wife wanted to see, if she
possibly could. I saw lovely pictures of it on Facebook so
thought I could see it today. That see has been about the most exciting
against a worldwide catalogue so we may be able to find out where else
it has been. Plymouth is the latest local
authority in the region It's going to go up by almost 4.5%,
which will mean bills will rise by around ?60 a year for the average
band D property. A large proportion of that will be
spent on social care. The city council has to make
?37 million worth of savings over the next three years
to balance the books. It's already agreed to move
to fortnightly bin collections Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
are also bringing in similar A man has appeared at
Plymouth Magistrates Court in connection with an alleged attack
on a special police constable at the city's railway
station on Saturday. 23-year-old Jonathan Feasey
from East Taphouse, near Liskeard, has been charged with causing
actual bodily harm. He was granted unconditional bail
and ordered to appear before magistrates again
on the 20th of March. A decision is being made this
evening on a controversial proposal The plans include a high-rise hotel
and flats and the restoration Critics say the new building
will block light and views, but supporters say it will bring
jobs and revitalise the area. Plenty to celebrate
in South West rugby tonight. From the local stars
on the international stage to another hard-fought victory
for the Cornish Pirates - we'll And remembering the work
of the postman who delivered poetry A Tavistock family whose daughter
had a prosthetic hand created for her using a 3D printer is hoping
to help other children Abbi Jillians was born with one hand
and had a second one produced Her parents' charity,
Abbi's Helping Hands, is now hoping to get 3D printers
into local schools to The benefits of Abbi's prosthetic
eye easy to grasp. At the moment it is child's play but as it grows, a
new hand can be created for her. It can pick-up things just when they
are on the table like that and it can pick-up things like that. I have
come to the fab lab where Abbi's hand was made with a 3-D printer.
What we have now is something that is perfectly correct in terms of
size of the actual hand to be fitted to the machine. We can say that now
said that it fits absolutely to the body part. The design of the
prostatic is totally free after being made available by an online
community. Once the measurements are in, it's a case of using a 3-D
printer to make it. It is one of the most rewarding projects I have ever
worked on. When you see a girl grasp something, it is fantastic. Abbi's
now want -- family now want to give the charity to other children. They
have gifted a 3-D printer to the Marine Academy in Plymouth. The
software that is out there free of charge, it is huge, kids love it.
Abbi controls the hand by tilting her wrist and she is the envy of
some of her friends. Some other people feel that 3-D printing your
hands is really good. They ask, can I have one?
It's time for the sport now and Natalie's here with the winners
Only if you hand me the right envelope!
Obvious winners from yesterday were Exeter Chiefs' players
representing their countries who shone on the big stage.
Jack Nowell and Mikele Campagnaro scored three tries between them
With the details of this and the rest of the rugby,
It was Exeter's Italian who took centre stage at Twickenham.
Centre Michele Campagnaro waltzed through the English defence to score
a wonderful solo try giving the current grand slam
The chief winger was brought on from the bench and scored two late tries.
First he went over in the corner to bring up a bonus point
for Eddie Jones's men before taking a pass from team-mate
Henry Slade to bundle over for his second of the game.
The win not only keeps England on course for another grand slam,
but it also extends their winning run to 17 games.
Despite being without a number of star names, the Exeter Chiefs
still managed to claim an impressive win over Newcastle Falcons and keep
pressure on Wasps at the top of the premiership table.
The visitors led for most of the first half, but this
full-length score from top try scorer James Short kept the Chiefs
Further tries from Harry Williams, Sam Skinner and a second of the game
from Short gave the side an added bonus point in a 35-16 win.
In the championship, the Cornish Pirates ran in five
tries as they thrashed second from bottom Rotherham 34-5.
The conditions were tough at Mennaye Field and a late
John Stevens try secured the bonus point for the Pirates, which moves
There's a lot of rugby to be played and it's quite tight up there.
We are one point off third and fourth now,
The victory has extended their unbeaten run to seven
Well done to the Plymouth Raiders who've made it through to the final
of the BBL Trophy after a tense encounter at the weekend.
They were playing Worcester Wolves in the second
They lost 90-83, but won overall on aggregate,
having taken an 18-point lead through from the first leg.
They'll now play the Leicester Riders in the final in Glasgow
on Sunday March 19th - a meeting of the two oldest
Football and Plymouth Argyle stay second in League 2 after drawing
with fellow promotion chasers Luton at the weekend.
It was a gritty encounter at Kennilworth Road where the home
Argyle equalised through Craig Tanner on the end
Tomorrow evening, Argyle play Notts County at
Exeter City fought back from two goals down to salvage a point
On the stroke of half-time, Ollie Watkins got the first
and in stoppage time, Reuben Reid added the second.
Tomorrow, the Grecians are at Crawley hoping
to get their promotion push back on track.
In the National League, Torquay lost to fellow strugglers
The Gulls did take the lead though when Luke Young took aim
The visitors were then forced to put an outfield player in goal
and Torquay soon took advantage, as Brett Williams ran
through to fire the Gulls in front for the second time.
They couldn't add to this though and it was Sutton who had the final
say as defender Dean Beckwith rose highest to lob the ball
Torquay are away to Solihiull tomorrow evening.
And that's the sport for this evening.
Of course, full coverage on all of tomorrow night's football
matches can be found on your BBC local radio station.
The work of a forgotten poet from Devon, born
nearly 200 years ago, is being revived for a new audience.
Edward Capern was a postman in north Devon
in the 1800s and composed his poems as he walked each day between
Yes, he wrote more than 600 poems and had four books
published, winning plaudits from the Prime Minister and all
He became known nationally as the Postman Poet.
Our north Devon reporter Andrea Ormsby has the story.
Walking in the footsteps of the Postman Poet.
He used to walk this route, a 13 mile round trip.
He would have talked to the labourers working
in the field, because all the farm work was very labour-intensive
at that time in the mid-19th century and he got to know
many of the labourers and wrote about them in his poems.
"Oh the postman's is as happy a life as anyone's.
"Wondering where dragonflies play and brooks sing soft and slow.
"And watching the lark as he soars on high to carol in yonder cloud.
"He sings in his labour and why not I?
Liz is now publishing two new books about Edward Capern -
a novel about his life and a selection of his poems.
This poor postman, and he was poor, walking the Devon lanes
and loving his work and writing poems about the countryside.
# Give me the bright bird palaces Where joy delights to dwell.
Capern had intended for some of his poetry to be sung
and so along with the books, a CD is being released.
# Tell the listening world the draft was most divine.
You can feel the pace of his poetry.
The guy had to walk a long way everyday, six miles
there and six miles back, so you can feel his walking pace
in the poetry and some of that has come out in the music,
It has actually been, in some ways, quite easy to set to music,
because of that, because the words have got that rhythm already in it.
This is where Edward Capern is buried.
That is the bell he used to ring to ask people to bring
The Postman Poet may be gone, but his spell is still here
and now his poetry is being brought back to life once more
Time for the weather now. We have had everything today. Winter has
returned and there is not a great deal of change. Bitterly cold for
many overnight tonight and they shall those that have been readily
falling as rain may well fall to sleet and snow and not just for high
ground. You have been out taking pictures again. It was sunny along
the coast of Cornwall. Also some shower cloud around and that has
been the feature over the last few hours. Thank you for all of those.
We continue to see some heavy showers tonight and tomorrow.
Briefly in between the showers some sunshine but a blustery wind and
that will be a feature tomorrow. The winds are pretty lively. There are
holes in the cloud every now and again, they give us some sunshine
but allow some clear skies at night which will allow the temperatures to
drop. Tonight will be a cold night. Several weather front is wrapped
around a complex area of low pressure. They continued to produce
showers. By Wednesday, perhaps along the south coast some more persistent
rain and then back to the showery regime. Slightly less cold air on
Thursday. You can see the nature of the showers that we have had today,
the brighter colours here, that is where the showers have been quite
heavy but this is earlier today with these guys looked pretty
threatening. That blustery wind which made it feel bitterly cold.
For all of us, wildlife, flora and fauna it is a return to winter for
tonight and for a good part of tomorrow. Some of the showers
tonight are likely to be heavy and a good chance they will fall as sleet.
Some as hail, some over high ground as snow and the showers keep on
coming right through to the end of the night but in between there will
be clear skies and temperatures could be as low as zero in places.
The risk of Frost and ice tomorrow morning but for a good part of the
morning, it will be dry. This next line of showers moves through quite
fast. Some sunshine but every now and again, a shower well will spoil
the day. Temperatures of eight, 9 degrees. Forecasts for the Isles of
Scilly is for a blustery day, some sunshine but the risk of heavy
showers. Times of high water. And for our surface, most of the beaches
are likely to be pretty choppy and big waves, between eight and 12
feet. The coastal waters forecasts has westerly winds, showers for a
while, a spell of more prolonged rain and sunshine and showers for
the rest of the day. Gloomy as we had to the rest of this week. A lot
of cloud around on Wednesday. Thursday is somewhat drier before we
see further outbreaks of rain on Friday and brisk Southwest winds. We
will have more on those proposals for talky harbour-side on our late
news but from all of us here, good night.
To be in the Lords, you have to be punctual...
literally have to slam the door in somebody's face.