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Now on BBC One it's time
for the news where you are.
Good evening from BBC London News.
The Government has stepped
in to help manage one
of the capital's biggest hospital
trusts after serious
concerns about its finances.
It was announced today that
Kings College Hospitals Trust
is being put into special measures.
It comes not long after the trust
chairman, Lord Kerslake,
former head of the Civil Service,
resigned, saying he wasn't
prepared to make more cuts.
Here's our political
editor, Tim Donovan.
This hospital trust has been really
struggling financially ever
since a merger with another
hospital, the Princess Royal,
in Orpington, four years ago.
This year it is set to overspend
its target budget by £92 million,
which is why the NHS regulator has
just stepped in.
Pre-empting that, getting his
retaliation in first,
some would say, was the trust
chairman, who announced he was off.
We've saved in each of the last
two years £80 million,
twice the national average.
But the challenges of rising demand,
rising costs and an expectation
to bring that deficit down even
faster I think have proved very
difficult and this year has been
But if he says further cuts
were unsustainable, the health
service regulator doesn't agree.
At the hospital today
there was support for both views.
Apparently he has reduced
the deficit but not
to the target deficit.
Do you think he could have made more
savings, made more savings
without affecting care?
Without affecting care.
Well, actually, I think he probably
could by going for the bureaucrats.
They need more staff,
more money spent on it, more beds,
because the pressure on a day-to-day
basis is quite heavy.
I think we should all dig
into our pockets and provide
a bit more for the NHS.
It's clear the regulator NHS
Improvement has been
concerned for some time
about the trust's
A few months ago its former head
Jim Mackey warned that,
"They hadn't hit a single number
they've put to us in the two
years I've been involved.
You'd expect more."
Today the patience ran out,
with the new chief executive,
Ian Dalton, saying, "The financial
situation at King's has deteriorated
very seriously over recent months
and we've now placed the trust
in special measures to maximise
the amount of scrutiny
and support that it receives."
NHS Improvements found that
Lord Kerslake's Trust
was the worst-performing
in the country on financial grounds
and that's why I think
he effectively got pushed out.
I know it was structured
as a resignation but I think
he jumped before he was
quite clearly pushed.
Putting the trust into special
measures is intended to achieve
a swift turnaround of its financial
fortunes but it's getting close
to the most difficult time
of the year for this,
like many other hospitals -
the potential challenge
of a winter bed crisis.
And on the BBC News website you can
see how the NHS Trust
in your area is performing.
Search for NHS Tracker and then
type in your postcode.
Tonight disruption continues
at Waterloo Station,
with warnings it's likely
to still affect commuters
travelling tomorrow morning.
It's after hours of delays
and cancellations caused
by a trackside fire.
There are warns it will probably
effect people tomorrow morning. Here
is Marc Ashdown.
They're kind of used to a bit
of overcrowding at Waterloo by now -
platform upgrades over the summer
caused widespread disruption -
but tonight the crowds
went on, and on, and on.
Caused by a trackside fire
which took out three
of the lines earlier in the day,
this evening it was about waiting
and hoping for some
kind of service home.
If a train comes up then I'll just
get on any one and then hopefully
someone in my family can pick me up
but it's not ideal, particularly
with the weather and stuff,
it's rubbish really -
just standard, standard
It's been my second
delay so far this week.
Yeah, disappointing, but it's a fire
so you can't do much about it.
All South Western trains
between Waterloo and Dorking
were cancelled for the day,
as were services to Hampton Court,
and circular services, too,
via Teddington and Strawberry Hill.
Trains to Guildford made extra
stops, while all West
of England services started
and terminated at Basingstoke.
Because of this severe overcrowding
here at Waterloo this evening,
station staff had no choice
but to close the station.
They did it about an hour ago,
and it means as well as all these
people on the concourse
and the platforms, there are also
hundreds of people locked out
there on the street wondering quite
how they're going to
get home this evening.
Eventually they did re-open
the station, leading to a flood
of people now desperate to find any
route out of the city.
Network Rail is investigating
what caused the fire and hopes
to have services running more
smoothly by the morning,
but the festive season got off
to a bad start today
for thousands of passengers.
And Marc's here now.
So what is the situation looking
like tomorrow for commuters?
I think sadly it is inevitable there
will be some disruption. Network
Rail still looking into this. We are
being led to believe it is caused by
a cable which came into contact with
track circuits on three lines. I
don't know what that means, but it
caused a fire that crippled the
entire network. Engineers have been
working to try and fix it. Network
Rail say there will be some
disruption tomorrow. South Western
said their journeys will be
unaffected and I saw people who
breezed through and got home no
problem, but they were the lucky
ones. It was bedlam for a time. Now
with the trains in the wrong place,
the crews in the wrong place and
because of the delays, I think there
will be an effect for early part of
rush hour. So check before you leave
the house and travel and tonight
South West have treated that tickets
from today will be valid tomorrow.
So if you bought a ticket for today
you can use it tomorrow. But of
course check it, because the usual
restrictions apply. But do check
before you travel tomorrow.
From next year, changes to data
protection rules could see
organisations who accidentally leak
personal details fined
millions of pounds.
Islington Council was one
of the worst offenders under
the old regime after mistakenly
of confidential files.
So is the local authority
ready for the new rules?
Sarah Harris has been finding out.
Across the internet
millions of people's
details, bank account numbers and
Carol knows first-hand
the real-life devastation
that can be caused when those
details are leaked.
She lives on the Andover
Estate in Finsbury Park,
where sensitive details of dozens
of residents were published online.
Six of her neighbours had to be
re-housed for their own safety.
She no longer trusts giving
personal information online.
Not after they've done it twice.
If they can do it twice,
they can do it quite
a few more times, can't they?
If you think about it.
So you are careful
what you disclose now?
Oh, yeah, definitely yeah.
I think everybody
should be like that as well.
Parking fine private details
were also published.
Islington Council said:
But some campaigners
sau they haven't
gone far enough.
We have seen people's
personal dates of birth,
and housing situation
released to the public,
have seen the names and addresses
of witness statements released to
Time and time again
we have seen incompetence
from Islington Councilregarding data
Legal experts say it's time
for all organisations in London
to invest in secure
systems ahead of law
changes in the new year,
high security cost will be
small compared to fines.
The current maximum
fine is £500,000.
That's going to go up
to between 2 to 4% of
an organisation's turnover,
or 10 million to 20 million euros -
whichever is higher.
And that's a huge increase
in fines for organisations.
For those trusting
their personal information,
tighter rules and fines
have to be welcomed,
but for those already facing budget
cuts it is a cost they can
be doing without and
data security is not
I'll say goodnight now.
It's over to Stav Danaos for that
all-important weather forecast,
and plummeting temperatures tonight.
and plummeting temperatures tonight.
Absolutely. That comes after
atrocious weather, with the rain,
sleet and snow. It is no surprise we
saw that travel disruption. This
week starts cold, turns milder
midweek and will turn colder at the
end of the week. Tonight ice will be
the problem - widespread ice as
temperatures fall. Down to minus 11
in the Chilterns. We start off with
that ice risk through the morning.
Watch out for that on untreated
roads. There will be plenty of
sunshine. But temperatures
struggling. Ranging from freezing to
three degrees. Midweek we have one
front that moves through Tuesday
night and another one arriving on
Wednesday. So a wet but a frost-free
start to Wednesday. A bit of
brightness, but the winds pick up
from the south-west. A lot of cloud
and rain. But temperatures reaching
nine or ten Celsius. Thursday, rain
will not be too far away. More cloud
around. A few bright spells and we
will see cold air returning and this
area of low pressure opens the flood
gates to the Arctic and it is set to
turn colder on Friday. Some cloud a
rain. The wind switches to the north
and brightness but colder. By the
weekend cold and bright. And the
return of frosty nights as well.