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The prescription for health care in Alderney includes a formal

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In terms of the investigation, it was rushed and due process was not

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followed and we apologise to the impact that had on Doctor tarmac and

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the people of Alderney. -- Doctor Lyons.

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from BBC Channel Islands, I'm Charlie McArdle.

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Calls for more affordable homes in Guernsey but private

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Better emergency midwifery services, more social work, and increasing

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clinicians skills are just some of the recommendations made

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by a Guernsey review into Alderney's health care.

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The independent report also highlights the importance of a full

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apology to be made to an Alderney doctor who was investigated

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It's been almost two years since this police raid on a surgery

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in Alderney stunned people in the Channel Islands.

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Dr Rory Lyons was suspended while investigations were underway.

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But all cases against him were later dropped.

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But according to this latest independent review,

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the effects are still having a "significant negative impact"

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Among the report's 38 recommendations, one of them

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is that there should be a formal apology to Dr Lyons.

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It says there should be chemotherapy treatment available on island,

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it also says there should be greater use of video conferencing

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which could halve the number of trips to Guernsey for treatment

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and another recommendation says that making seat belts compulsory

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The President of the Committee for Health and Social Care

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HSC totally accept the findings of this report at the time, which said

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that there were, in terms of the investigation, it was rushed,

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We apologise for the impact that had on

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The report's been welcomed by one of Alderney's senior politicians.

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Louis Jean says now's the time to ensure doctors

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They could come in and really work and assist Dr Rory Lyons to get

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It seems to me that that may be part of the reason

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why there is this lack of continuity in GPs,

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it isn't entirely the only answer but it is is certainly part of it.

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It's not clear how many of the 38 recommendations will be

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Whilst some savings could be made, half of the recommendations

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are predicted to cost taxpayers money.

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RBS International have announced they are closing Natwest branches

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The St Peters branch will close at the end of April

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while the Alderney branch will shut in June.

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The banking company say the decision was based on usage

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It's thought the two Alderney employees will be made redundant.

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A teenager's been allegedly assaulted

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It's alleged the 15-year-old boy was attacked by two young people

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outside a takeaway shop on Union Street

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Police want to speak to the driver of a four by four who was shouted

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There's a public appeal to find the people responsible

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for the fly-tipping of asbestos in Jersey.

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Nine bin bags of the dangerous substance were dumped in a field

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The Environment Department says it's looking for witnesses because this

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It says ?5000 of public money was spent getting

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From this incident, there is no risk, it has been cleared up by a

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licensed contractor and we would like people to contact us and let us

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know if they have got any suspicions about asbestos that may be in the

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building they are aware of or they may have seen people carrying black

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bin liners, loading it into a vehicle.

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The growth of the Guernsey Housing Association is stifling the private

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sector rental market, according to the island's

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The GHA says a shortage of land is its biggest challenge

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in trying to meet demand, but landlords argue that building

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more affordable housing will put another nail in the coffin

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These are some of the newest properties in the Guernsey Housing

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Rodley Park accounts for five of the 54 homes

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There's huge demand for affordable housing in the island

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and another 40 new builds are also in the pipeline.

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We got a waiting list of just under 300 applicants of households. We are

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just about 800 properties now. Which we manage, rent and partial

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ownership. We have demolished about 300 properties of housing it states

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that we are redeveloped. The overall net increase is about 450/15 years.

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Developments like this help people to get

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on the property ladder through partial ownership schemes -

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but there are concerns that it's having a negative effect

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They have steadily taken clients that have gone into the private

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sector and they have migrated to the GHA. It is no wonder they have done

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that. The private sector are not getting any breaks are to help us

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keep pace with what they are producing, rather than catching up.

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Our tax breaks have been cocked, we do not get any incentive to improve

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properties with the installation and over the past few years, we've

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reduced between five and 10% in the private sector of the older

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generation are just packing it in and putting them money another

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means. -- their money in other means.

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Private landlords claim their livelihoods are being stifled.

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While they can understand why people choose to move from private rentals

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to housing association properties - they simply want to be able

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Roisin Gauson, BBC Channel Islands News, Guernsey.

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Growers have criticised a delay in a government plan

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The Rural Economic Strategy looks at how local produce and the organic

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industry can be developed, and what subsidies

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It was due out in 2015, but the Economic Development

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Department says the delay was due to changing budgets

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and it'll be published within the next week.

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A public inquiry is being held into the building

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of the new Les Quennevais school in Jersey.

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It's after the Environment Minister backed plans for the secondary

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school to be built on protected fields in St Brelade.

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The inquiry, at St Brelade Parish Hall, is expected

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Health bosses at Jersey's General Hospital say they're seeing

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an increase in the amount of patients admitted onto wards

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So to help nurses engage with their patients,

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they're trialling two activity boxes with games and puzzles.

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It's part of a wider strategy to improve care

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for patients with dementia as Jessica Banham reports.

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Sylvia Green has been on Beauport ward

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She's been using games from the activity boxes

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But nurses says the boxes are also helping them

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improve care for the increasing number of patients

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It's good to engage with them, to get them involved with the nursing

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staff and also with their families and relatives. It is very tactile

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civic and Ashley get involved with making jigsaws and roaring and the

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Drawing and colouring is very therapeutic for them as well. They

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include puzzles, crosswords, dominoes and Queens Park which

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provided to clients on the ward. There is a lovely puzzle which is

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wiped clean puzzle which our clients really seem to enjoy.

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There are around 1400 people living with dementia in Jersey.

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But it's thought less than half of those

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Numbers are also likely to double in the next 25 years.

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Alongside the activity boxes, nurses have also made

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visiting times more flexible and Chantal says they want

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to improve signage on the ward so they show pictures

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orthopaedics, it's that our patients orthopaedics, it's that our patients

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have dementia and other needs. By putting these things in place, it

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will make a difference to all patients, it will be better for

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everybody. I was going to ask you later if

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there is some place to buy them. Before the weather,

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some travel news. Three major airlines

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are relocating at Gatwick Airport. Over the next three days, EasyJet,

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Virgin Atlantic and British Airways EasyJet will fly entirely

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from the North Terminal. British Airways is moving

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to the South Terminal with Virgin Gatwick says passengers should

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double check which terminal they're Here's David Braine

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with the weather. Good evening. The most of us, I

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think we can cope with the low temperatures if we get some

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sunshine. That is about to change. Note only does it stay cold, it

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might get colder, we start to lose the sun join as well. You have been

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taking pictures. A fantastic shot of the lighthouse. It looks like we're

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going to see more cloud developing over the next 24 hours. Cold and dry

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four tomorrow, and early frost. The breeze picks up. That is going to

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feature in our weather forecasts over the next few days because the

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high pressure is beginning to weaken, it opens the door for these

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weather fronts to come in from the west. The isobars gets squeezed

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together, more of is developing by the end of the day tomorrow. A

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pretty lively breeze for all of us on Thursday, a cold wind also.

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Rustic and overnight tonight, 0 Celsius, minus one. A chilly start.

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A frosty start in places as well. We will see some sunshine in the

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morning but more cloud comes from the south-east are in because of the

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day and by the end of the afternoon, it is pretty cloudy. But. The

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temperatures, just for five Celsius the top tempter. A critically windy

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day on Thursday. It is a raw wind as well, feeling bitterly cold on

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Thursday, slightly less cold Friday and into Saturday. Have a good

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night. That's your news this

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Tuesday evening. BBC Radio Guernsey and Jersey

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will have bulletins from six tomorrow morning and I'll be back

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at 6.30 tomorrow.

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