19/01/2017 Channel Islands News


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The majority of the trained nurses I That's Newsnight with Emily in

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The majority of the trained nurses I have lost have been through licences

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expiring and we have lost some very experienced nurses. Welcome to the

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latest news from BBC Channel Islands. Also, the deteriorating

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water quality could be affecting beaches, marine life and tourism.

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National staff shortages and restrictions on working

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in Guernsey are being blamed for problems recruiting

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25% of roles in the States run facilities

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Privately run homes are finding it equally tough to get

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the staff they need - Penny Elderfield reports.

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It takes 42 members of staff to look after the 39 residents here.

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Making sure they get the care and support they need.

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But also to make sure it feels like home.

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And recently it took a year to fill just three nursing vacancies.

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And there's one hurdle that's making it harder.

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The majority of the trained nurses that I have lost have been

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through licences expiring and we have lost some

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We have a working party and it has been working closely with housing

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and putting our issues across, so hopefully they will recognise

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that we need to keep our experienced staff.

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And Sylvia's been helping with that today.

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But as it stands will have to leave in two years.

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I really like my work and I really like the home.

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I don't know if it is because I came from an island and it is very calm

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I would like, but it depends on the housing.

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This restrictive housing licences would perhaps provide a potential

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remedy but with an ageing population and inevitable need for more staff,

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Speaking to colleagues, we do not think we could have afforded to

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Gates University in England said the fact they have the course here now

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is good and a lot of us are doing a course so it is good. All of that

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will help but with an ageing population and the need for more

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staff, those running care homes like this one say this is not a problem

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that will go away on its own. Water quality specialists will be

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in Jersey next week to review plans Campaigners from the environmental

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group Save Our Shoreline say unless action's taken,

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marine life will disappear A clear blue sky and clear blue

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water - it's an image Jersey has built a reputation on,

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but some are worried Because the water quality has

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deteriorated, it's affecting Even the texture of the sand

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is different because the species We don't want a green mass,

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we want our golden beaches back. The campaign group has

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sent its report to the government review panel that's looking

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at water quality. "The Panel and their advisor

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will raise any issues "with the Department that

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are relevant to nitrates during The debate about the impact

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of sea lettuce isn't new, but we're still no closer

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to agreeing what causes it. Jersey's Environment Department has

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asked UK advisers to review They'll also be talking

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to Jersey Water who regularly We check our water daily,

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on a daily basis. We take thousands of tests a year

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to make sure that the water that not only the water that we're taking

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into our reservoirs is of good quality but also the water we're

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supplying our customers With another summer to look forward

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to, it's hoped our beaches As you heard, advisers from the UK

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will be in the island next week These advisers are

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coming here next week. The advisers who are coming

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to Jersey next week will be looking at the Water Management Plan that's

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been published by the That plan includes a timetable

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of work to improve the quality of water in our streams over

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the next five years. Jersey Water, the Environment

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department and farmers have been working together on the plan

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to tackle the problem of nitrates and pesticides

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leaking into the system. The problem of sea lettuce and water

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quality has been a hot topic for a number of years,

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so why now? Campaigners have been putting

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pressure on the government to act and are hopeful that they're not

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just paying lip service The states are taking concerns

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seriously. And it is wonderful we are getting these experts over. We

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hope they will listen and implement what they say rather than saying it

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is all coming from France and we cannot do any thing about it.

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These UK advisers will be talking to Jersey Water

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The father of a newborn baby who died in Guernsey

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claims his partner was wrongly given drugs to induce labour

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Three women who, at the time, worked in the maternity ward

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at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital face misconduct charges.

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Today the father of the baby who died in 2014 gave evidence

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He said the couple planned as natural a birth as possible -

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but labour-inducing drugs were given without his partner's

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agreement, and without the approval of a consultant.

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The practice of midwives acting on their own initiative has been

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described as part of a culture known as The Guernsey Way.

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It's still unclear whether Senator Philip Ozouf has

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tendered his resignation as one of Jersey's Assistant

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On Tuesday he told States members he'll write to the Chief minister

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offering his resignation over a scathing report into a fund

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But today the Senator refused to confirm whether he's

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He told the BBC there's a lot that needs to be sorted out before anyone

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The decision on how to pay for Jersey's

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The plans are to borrow up to four hundred million pounds.

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But States Members have voted to put off the debate until they're

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A vision of Jersey's future hospital - just under ?500 million needed

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Where that money will come from is still undecided.

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The debate on whether to borrow up to ?400 million was delayed

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from yesterday due to a question in the States of whether

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The States aren't allowed to borrow more than they collect in tax -

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so had to stop to check whether they collect enough to be

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allowed the amount of borrowing needed for the hospital.

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But, while that issue threw a cat among the pigeons yesterday,

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now there's a new delay - to allow scrutiny politicians

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This is a ?400 million borrowing to be paid back

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These things need to be looked at so carefully.

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That's the role of scrutiny, to make sure this is well researched,

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this is based on sound evidence and it does take time.

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States Members agreed to more time, despite previous reluctance

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by the Treasury Minister, who feared what interest rates

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It s difficult to tell, markets can move in both directions,

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but if they moved against us we could see up to ?6 million

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or more of additional costs in funding the hospital as a result

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But that's a gamble the States are taking, to spend more time

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on hospital funding, which would involve the biggest debt

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The Battle of Flowers in Jersey may drop Mr Battle

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While Miss Battle is usually local, and wins her crown, Mr Battle tends

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to be a celebrity who's paid between eight to twelve thousand

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But festival organisers believe the money could

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Here's David Braine with your forecast.

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Hello, good evening, very dry and cold air across us at the moment. It

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may warm a little bit but not a great deal of change but some

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beautiful skies over the last couple of days. Tomorrow, cold and dry,

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there will be frost overnight tonight and widespread frost and

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smaller islands could see a of frost. A day of unbroken sunshine.

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The weather is in the north, high pressure is weakening, it may take

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some time before it starts to move away from us, not for the next 24

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hours but by the weekend, some subtle changes, high pressure is

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weaker, this weather front tries to come in and ahead of it drawing up

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less cold air and more cloud. The main story is dry and cold.

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Overnight temperatures are getting quite low. I think inland for the

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larger islands, -1 or -2. A cold day tomorrow, a lot of sunshine to enjoy

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but wrap up warm. An easterly wind and top temperature of four or 5

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degrees. Some awful weather across parts of Spain eastern Spain sees

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some snow and unusually low temperatures and eastern Europe in

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the grip of cold, dry air. By Saturday and Sunday, the weak

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weather front introduces more cloud but not a great deal of difference

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to temperatures or the risk of rain. It is still a fine, dry story on

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Saturday and Sunday. Have a good night.

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That's your news this Thursday evening, BBC Radio Guernsey

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and Jersey will have bulletins from 6am tomorrow morning

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and Alison will be back at 6:30pm tomorrow night.

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Good evening, it will gradually get colder in the UK in the next few

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days, something we don't have to worry about in Australia at this

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time of year. Of course it's the Australian tennis open at the moment

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and there's a big storm moving through Melbourne at the moment.

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Hopefully it will have cleared through by the time of Andy Murray's

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match. We have high withers and light winds and some interesting

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contrasts despite things being very slow moving, with the sunshine to

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the south of the weather zone but stuck underneath the weather zone,

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it's been another miserably grey day. No doubt quite dreary with some

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patches of drizzle. This is how it looked in Staffordshire, under the

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weather front. In the sunshine, despite the Frosty start, a

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sparkling day and a fantastic sunset here in the Isle of Wight. Some

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areas, in parts of Northern Ireland that haven't seen much sunshine this

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week, actually saw

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