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Welcome to BBC London News with me, Alice Bhandukravi.

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We start tonight with more on those concerns about the state of the NHS.

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BBC London has been given exclusive behind-the-scenes access at one

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of the capital's busiest hospitals, on the day that the health service

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warned that care is becoming unsustainable due to

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Earlier, the head of the NHS here in London said hospitals

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are busier than ever, and that things are set to get worse.

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Our political correspondent Karl Mercer has been to the Chelsea

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and Westminster Hospital to see how they're coping.

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Like every other emergency department in London,

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They're seeing around 450 people a day here.

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The number they have to admit to hospital is up 13%

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We are seeing unprecedented numbers at the moment,

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And more and more people coming through the door.

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The hospital - again, like most across the capital - is full.

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The problem a common one, of not being able to move

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I mean, every single bed in both our sites

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And it's almost a case of one in, one out, as soon as we can discharge

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someone, we can move someone through the system.

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So what is the NHS doing to tackle the issues?

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Can I check who we've got on from the surge hub, please?

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Five times a day, every day, this team at NHS London gather

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to take the temperature of hospitals across the capital.

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Staffing, the usual few gaps of registered nurses due

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to short-term sickness and no-shows from the agency.

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From an infection control perspective, they have seven

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We're just wondering what level of escalation they are at?

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They check on things like staffing levels,

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how many patients are waiting to be discharged, how long patients

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are waiting to be seen and how many beds are available.

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And they too have cancelled any nonclinical activities for nurses

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today and brought everybody back out onto the floor.

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So the focus is often on emergency departments but what we see

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is the full picture, the flow through the hospital

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and that's often what we are able to contribute to.

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So that it is not just an Emergency Department problem.

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No, OK, Emma, do you want to move on?

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Today, as we filmed, the NHS boss in London joined the call,

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at a time when the service is being stretched as never before.

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It is the busiest we have ever seen it.

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We are about 10% up on where we were in terms of hospital

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activity year on year, this time last year.

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111 during the Christmas period and the first few

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weeks into the New Year, about 40% up.

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But things are expected to get even tougher in the coming weeks,

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with cold weather and flu outbreaks on the way.

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What used to be a busy winter surge is not expected to end until May.

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We heard there that things are going to get worse. Why is that? The NHS

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is hearing from GPs, services like 111 and A that more children are

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presenting with flu. Traditionally, if you see more children presenting

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in flu, about two weeks later, you see a spike in the number of adults

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getting it. As we heard in the report, there is also normally a

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spike in the last week in January and as we know, there are reports of

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cold weather on the way which will add to the problem. Many would think

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that just throwing money at the problem will help and I'm sure many

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NHS hospital directors would not refuse it. But the regional director

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of the NHS in London actually said it would be better to put money into

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social care which is all about unblocking the system, getting

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people out who are not clinically ill any more but still in hospital,

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out of the bed and freeing up beds. Thank you for joining us.

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London's controversial Garden Bridge is on the verge of collapse

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after accounts published today show a significant funding shortfall.

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If it isn't built, around ?40 million pounds of public

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If it isn't built, around ?40 million of public

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The trust behind the project says it still expects to start

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Our transport correspondent Tom Edwards reports.

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This is where the Garden Bridge is meant to span the Thames.

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The idea is it'll be a haven for wildlife and plants,

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but there is now considerable doubt around the project.

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The trustees say they are ?56 million short and the project is no

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Campaigners say the bridge would destroy protected views

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There remain issues about land and whether the mayor

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They are admitting the costs are rising inexorably,

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What maniac is going to put money into this project?

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If there are delays to the project, the trustees said the initial

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estimate of ?185 million could rise substantially.

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The mayor is now carrying out a review of this project.

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The trustees say that is hindering their attempts to raise more funds

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The project will use ?60 million of public money.

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The rest is meant to come from private donors.

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I think it's nearly dead and it's about time we put

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I think the current mayor needs to break with the previous one

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and make sure he doesn't sign the guarantee for the running costs

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of the bridge in order to fulfil the pledge he made of no more public

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If the mayor doesn't underwrite the maintenance costs and the issues

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around the land aren't sorted out, the trustees admit the project may

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The mayor has already said that could cost the taxpayer ?40 million.

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We have had to disclose the risks that remain for us to overcome

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before we begin construction and none of them are new.

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We need to secure the land and the funding.

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We are confident that we will be able to do that but as far

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as the accounts go, we had to disclose those risks.

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The trust says constructions will start this year.

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Critics say the Garden Bridge is on the brink of collapse.

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Uncertainty around the project means time is running out.

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A BBC London investigation has discovered that unlicensed barbers

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in London could be putting customers at risk.

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At the moment, anyone can set up a shop offering haiircuts

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At the moment, anyone can set up a shop offering haircuts

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and shaves without proper regulation.

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For millions of men, visiting a barber is fairly routine.

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Usually, they leave looking and feeling better.

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Walking down London's high streets, you will see more barber

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They are top spots for trendy haircuts and popular meeting places.

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But the UK barbering industry is difficult to regulate and barbers

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here don't even need a license to practise.

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For some in the capital, this is causing huge problems.

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They were here and here... Meet Jacob.

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He got a fungal infection after his barber used dirty

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In the summer of 2015, I started to get some pretty bad

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bumps on my head and there would be pus coming out.

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Every time I would wake up, I would look down and there would be

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So I was put on antibiotics for about four weeks.

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But nothing, really, it would subside but come back

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I wasn't able to shave without opening up the wounds again.

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Dirty clippers or razors at barber shops can put customers at risk

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of bacterial and viral infections, like folliculitis, herpes

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If the barber isn't trained, then in fact what can happen

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is there is an entry of bacteria into the scalp, the hair

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bulb becomes infected and they have an infection.

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If you are trained, you would know it's very important

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Take a look at these pictures we took inside an east

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We showed them to one of the industry's leading figures.

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The councils, I think, need to get involved with health

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and safety and check - not shut down people, help people,

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tell them what the legislation is and people will get

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a qualification, they understand everything else.

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At the London School of Barbering, hygiene is high up on the priority

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list for the students, who must complete three months

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of training before they can practise professionally.

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In the USA and Australia, you have to gain X amount

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I think that's something that is essential to the health

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You wouldn't go to a mechanic that wasn't qualified, would you?

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We contacted all of London's 32 councils but none could tell us how

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many barber shops operated in the area and only one

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So while it doesn't look like anything will be changing soon,

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it's vital that customers are aware of the risks and always

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what the weathers

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It is cold weather on the way. Cold indeed. I have not had a

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picture like this so far this season and noticed the pavement. No more

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clues. Travel disruption is distinctly possible and part of the

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equation is that the day starts cold and dry. Don't be full by the dry

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element because not long into the day, I thought you said it was going

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to be snow, weatherman, well, rain for many of us to start off with so

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a bit of patience but that'll be a thoroughly miserable day in its own

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right and none too warm. That is the problem because as the cold air

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tucks into the back of the rain area, yes, the Met office have a

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warning out for snow, just in time for the evening commute. It is not

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just a high ground feature. If it gets quite intense, it could drag

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down to quite low levels and as it clears the way, too late for

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commuters, it turns quite icy, just in time, we suspect, for another

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belt also to work its way through for the morning commuters on Friday.

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We have got a double whammy potentially leading us into a chilly

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start to the weekend. Time for the national weather prospects if you

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are on the move. Good evening, a lot going on with

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the weather in the next few days, numerous weather warnings in for so

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buried in mind if you have travel plans. Lots of isobars on the chart

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overnight which means it will be windy for all. The strongest winds

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in Scotland, lots of wintry showers with snow getting down to

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increasingly low levels and some wintry showers in Northern Ireland

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and northern England. A cold night for Northern England, particularly

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in more rural spots, frosty and I see for some and some of the snow

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really blowing around over higher ground in Scotland. Strong wind and

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further snow to take us into tomorrow. It may well make for some

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tricky travelling conditions. The forecast for tomorrow in the

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southern half of the UK's quite tricky. We have got mild air bumping

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into colder air. The boundary between the two, it will be an ugly

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mix of rain, sleet and snow developing. Mild air comes in behind

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the weather front but the rain ahead of that will be mixing with the cold

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air. Details are a bit

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