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The majority of the trained nurses I That's Newsnight with Emily in
The majority of the trained nurses I have lost have been through licences
expiring and we have lost some very experienced nurses. Welcome to the
latest news from BBC Channel Islands. Also, the deteriorating
water quality could be affecting beaches, marine life and tourism.
National staff shortages and restrictions on working
in Guernsey are being blamed for problems recruiting
25% of roles in the States run facilities
Privately run homes are finding it equally tough to get
the staff they need - Penny Elderfield reports.
It takes 42 members of staff to look after the 39 residents here.
Making sure they get the care and support they need.
But also to make sure it feels like home.
And recently it took a year to fill just three nursing vacancies.
And there's one hurdle that's making it harder.
The majority of the trained nurses that I have lost have been
through licences expiring and we have lost some
We have a working party and it has been working closely with housing
and putting our issues across, so hopefully they will recognise
that we need to keep our experienced staff.
And Sylvia's been helping with that today.
But as it stands will have to leave in two years.
I really like my work and I really like the home.
I don't know if it is because I came from an island and it is very calm
I would like, but it depends on the housing.
This restrictive housing licences would perhaps provide a potential
remedy but with an ageing population and inevitable need for more staff,
Speaking to colleagues, we do not think we could have afforded to
Gates University in England said the fact they have the course here now
is good and a lot of us are doing a course so it is good. All of that
will help but with an ageing population and the need for more
staff, those running care homes like this one say this is not a problem
that will go away on its own. Water quality specialists will be
in Jersey next week to review plans Campaigners from the environmental
group Save Our Shoreline say unless action's taken,
marine life will disappear A clear blue sky and clear blue
water - it's an image Jersey has built a reputation on,
but some are worried Because the water quality has
deteriorated, it's affecting Even the texture of the sand
is different because the species We don't want a green mass,
we want our golden beaches back. The campaign group has
sent its report to the government review panel that's looking
at water quality. "The Panel and their advisor
will raise any issues "with the Department that
are relevant to nitrates during The debate about the impact
of sea lettuce isn't new, but we're still no closer
to agreeing what causes it. Jersey's Environment Department has
asked UK advisers to review They'll also be talking
to Jersey Water who regularly We check our water daily,
on a daily basis. We take thousands of tests a year
to make sure that the water that not only the water that we're taking
into our reservoirs is of good quality but also the water we're
supplying our customers With another summer to look forward
to, it's hoped our beaches As you heard, advisers from the UK
will be in the island next week These advisers are
coming here next week. The advisers who are coming
to Jersey next week will be looking at the Water Management Plan that's
been published by the That plan includes a timetable
of work to improve the quality of water in our streams over
the next five years. Jersey Water, the Environment
department and farmers have been working together on the plan
to tackle the problem of nitrates and pesticides
leaking into the system. The problem of sea lettuce and water
quality has been a hot topic for a number of years,
so why now? Campaigners have been putting
pressure on the government to act and are hopeful that they're not
just paying lip service The states are taking concerns
seriously. And it is wonderful we are getting these experts over. We
hope they will listen and implement what they say rather than saying it
is all coming from France and we cannot do any thing about it.
These UK advisers will be talking to Jersey Water
The father of a newborn baby who died in Guernsey
claims his partner was wrongly given drugs to induce labour
Three women who, at the time, worked in the maternity ward
at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital face misconduct charges.
Today the father of the baby who died in 2014 gave evidence
He said the couple planned as natural a birth as possible -
but labour-inducing drugs were given without his partner's
agreement, and without the approval of a consultant.
The practice of midwives acting on their own initiative has been
described as part of a culture known as The Guernsey Way.
It's still unclear whether Senator Philip Ozouf has
tendered his resignation as one of Jersey's Assistant
On Tuesday he told States members he'll write to the Chief minister
offering his resignation over a scathing report into a fund
But today the Senator refused to confirm whether he's
He told the BBC there's a lot that needs to be sorted out before anyone
The decision on how to pay for Jersey's
The plans are to borrow up to four hundred million pounds.
But States Members have voted to put off the debate until they're
A vision of Jersey's future hospital - just under ?500 million needed
Where that money will come from is still undecided.
The debate on whether to borrow up to ?400 million was delayed
from yesterday due to a question in the States of whether
The States aren't allowed to borrow more than they collect in tax -
so had to stop to check whether they collect enough to be
allowed the amount of borrowing needed for the hospital.
But, while that issue threw a cat among the pigeons yesterday,
now there's a new delay - to allow scrutiny politicians
This is a ?400 million borrowing to be paid back
These things need to be looked at so carefully.
That's the role of scrutiny, to make sure this is well researched,
this is based on sound evidence and it does take time.
States Members agreed to more time, despite previous reluctance
by the Treasury Minister, who feared what interest rates
It s difficult to tell, markets can move in both directions,
but if they moved against us we could see up to ?6 million
or more of additional costs in funding the hospital as a result
But that's a gamble the States are taking, to spend more time
on hospital funding, which would involve the biggest debt
The Battle of Flowers in Jersey may drop Mr Battle
While Miss Battle is usually local, and wins her crown, Mr Battle tends
to be a celebrity who's paid between eight to twelve thousand
But festival organisers believe the money could
Here's David Braine with your forecast.
Hello, good evening, very dry and cold air across us at the moment. It
may warm a little bit but not a great deal of change but some
beautiful skies over the last couple of days. Tomorrow, cold and dry,
there will be frost overnight tonight and widespread frost and
smaller islands could see a of frost. A day of unbroken sunshine.
The weather is in the north, high pressure is weakening, it may take
some time before it starts to move away from us, not for the next 24
hours but by the weekend, some subtle changes, high pressure is
weaker, this weather front tries to come in and ahead of it drawing up
less cold air and more cloud. The main story is dry and cold.
Overnight temperatures are getting quite low. I think inland for the
larger islands, -1 or -2. A cold day tomorrow, a lot of sunshine to enjoy
but wrap up warm. An easterly wind and top temperature of four or 5
degrees. Some awful weather across parts of Spain eastern Spain sees
some snow and unusually low temperatures and eastern Europe in
the grip of cold, dry air. By Saturday and Sunday, the weak
weather front introduces more cloud but not a great deal of difference
to temperatures or the risk of rain. It is still a fine, dry story on
Saturday and Sunday. Have a good night.
That's your news this Thursday evening, BBC Radio Guernsey
and Jersey will have bulletins from 6am tomorrow morning
and Alison will be back at 6:30pm tomorrow night.
Good evening, it will gradually get colder in the UK in the next few
days, something we don't have to worry about in Australia at this
time of year. Of course it's the Australian tennis open at the moment
and there's a big storm moving through Melbourne at the moment.
Hopefully it will have cleared through by the time of Andy Murray's
match. We have high withers and light winds and some interesting
contrasts despite things being very slow moving, with the sunshine to
the south of the weather zone but stuck underneath the weather zone,
it's been another miserably grey day. No doubt quite dreary with some
patches of drizzle. This is how it looked in Staffordshire, under the
weather front. In the sunshine, despite the Frosty start, a
sparkling day and a fantastic sunset here in the Isle of Wight. Some
areas, in parts of Northern Ireland that haven't seen much sunshine this
week, actually saw