02/06/2017 London News


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Good evening, I'm Alice Bhandhukravi.

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The parents of a nine-month-old baby, Charlie Gard, say

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they will keep fighting to get him experimental treatment

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Charlie has a rare genetic condition and is being kept on life support

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by doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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The Supreme Court will hear the case next week.

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The High Court and the Court of Appeal have backed the hospital

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who say his life support should be withdrawn.

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Charlie Gard is fighting for his life.

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A rare condition has led to severe brain damage, life support,

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But speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire programme

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today his parents say he is still fighting.

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He is putting on weight, his hair is growing and,

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as I say, he is still stable and he is still fighting away.

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He has not done what they said he would do,

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After raising the money online they want to take their son

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to the United States for experimental treatment yet to be

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It's an oral medication, it's a powder that goes into his milk,

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And if there was an invasive treatment for a three-month period

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that was going to seriously harm him and is causing pain, then I don't

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But for consultants here at Great Ormond Street the therapy

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being proposed is experimental and would not help and it doesn't

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reverse the effects of structural brain damage and that life support

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is merely prolonging the process of dying for Charlie.

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It is for these reasons they are refusing to let him go.

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This conflict has played itself out in the legal system.

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A High Court judge and the Appeals Court have sided

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with the Great Ormond Street that palliative care was

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But next week the Supreme Court will decide if there are grounds

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So making this decision the court will be looking

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They will be looking at Charlie's right to life,

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it will be looking at his parents' views and their right

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It will also be looking at the views of his doctors

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This is a medication that is not going to harm him in anyway.

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It is widely accepted it has not got side effects, he is fit to fly,

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let us take our son to a hospital that wants to save his life.

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If the court decides against Charlie's life support

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is due to be turned off at midnight that day.

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It's a key election battleground, the future of the NHS.

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In a moment we'll look at what the political parties

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But first, what are the growing challenges

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This is a process that hasn't changed much over the years and nor,

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it seems, have the frustrations of the capital's GPs.

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NEWSREEL: Pathe News visit a doctor in a north London borough who shares

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with his two partners a large and mainly working-class practice.

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Fast forward to today and listen to the views

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of Adrian Richardson, a GP for 30 years.

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His Willesden practice nearly shut last year as partners

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left and the workload and paperwork increased.

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Over this period of a year these things crept up on us.

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It was like rolling down a hill and thinking,

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I can escape the ravine ahead, but the ravine is coming

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So we lost two partners or three partners and we also lost a number

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of clinical and administrative staff as well.

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Across London nearly half of GP practices

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have a doctor who will retire in the next few years.

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For years and years, particularly in London,

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they have been underfunded and just about managing.

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For the last two years we have seen a dramatic decline in people's

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morale and their willingness and ability to actually manage.

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If primary care is finding it hard, the battle over the future

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Across the capital there are a five-year plans for the future,

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many involve changing or closing services.

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We are seeing rationing and in some cases complete withdrawal

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of certain NHS services, Ambulance Services, A closures,

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And we are seeing levels of understaffing which means that

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wards are struggling to keep their patients safe.

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This protest in Hammersmith reflects many across the capital,

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but experts say there may be more pain to come for London's NHS.

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The gap between what London needs to treat its growing population

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who have increasing expectations and for whom we can do more

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The parties are all pledging additional money

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None of these go anywhere near closing that gap.

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If the money isn't forthcoming, changes to services may well be.

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Well, our reporter Helen Drew joins me in the studio now to

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talk about the NHS and inevitably the issue of money comes up.

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Yes. All parties are promising more money for the NHS. Independent

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survey say Labour is promising more than the Lib Dems and more than the

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Conservatives. Regiment everyone in the NHS says no one is promising

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enough to cope with the current funding gaps. In London alone every

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year ?18 billion is spent on the NHS. Health bosses say if they carry

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on doing everything as they are at the moment, in four years' time

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there will be a gap of ?4 billion in finances. That is before they have

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rebuilt or repaired any hospitals. It is not just about funding, is it?

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It is about moving things like accident and emergency. There is a

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campaign in south-west London. It is about moving maternity services.

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Clinicians will always say or provide a better service for

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patients. Critics will say it is only happening because of a shortage

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of funding. We'll be hearing more about this. It will not end when the

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election does. That's it for now from me,

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but lets find out what the weather's Today there were thunderstorms. They

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have gone and it is leaving a legacy of humid air. A humid start to

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Saturday. If you have an event, a wedding, whatever which involves the

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outdoors but this is the forecast you have been praying for. Still a

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rather closed 22 will soak in the heart of the capital. If you're

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stepping out Saturday evening, a fresher feel come the end of the

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night. Sunday, again, is shaping up to be a decent day for many areas.

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Perhaps cloud developing as we get on through the afternoon. A fresher

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feel marked by temperatures round about 20 degrees. Watch out for

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Monday for the starting dry and ending up wet and windy. Good

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evening. The weekend is upon us and actually for many places it is

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looking pretty good. Try whether to be had and also sunshine. There are

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showers in the forecast. Low pressure in the north Atlantic

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trying to push in fresher air behind. This weather front is

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pushing into East Anglia and the South East. It started to spark of

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some thunderstorms during the afternoon and into beeping.

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Torrential downpours in

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