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Welcome to BBC London News.
I'm Katharine Carpenter.
A man from Essex who waited more
than 13 hours for an ambulance
after suffering a stroke has raised
concerns that his case wasn't
going to be investigated
until he complained.
The East of England Ambulance
Service said it was "under severe
pressure" that day and always tries
to prioritise the most
Nikki Fox reports.
Home from hospital,
building site manager
David Axford is on the mend,
but feels let down by
what he went through.
He just said he had
an excruciating headache,
and he was literally just,
you know, with his head, he just
kept laying down all the time,
he couldn't really stand up.
I was telling them, you know,
that I couldn't feel my legs.
You know, she'd phoned and said
I'd had a nose bleed.
His eyes were a bit blurry,
he was slurring, he started to lose
the feeling in his legs,
they went a bit tingly.
He had pains on his spine,
at the base of his back.
They were told a paramedic
would be sent.
They thought they'd get
a response within 15 minutes.
They kept trying to reassure me,
the ambulance is coming,
the ambulance is coming.
And then he's obviously
starting to get stressed.
So it's making it much worse,
the pain in his head and everything.
And he actually said at one stage
he felt like his head
was going to explode.
That was lunchtime.
What they didn't know -
the Trust was under severe pressure,
with more than 4,000 calls.
They decided it needed
a two-hour response.
But by the evening,
the Axfords were still waiting.
Four times they dialled 999.
David's wife was even asked
to take him to hospital,
but couldn't lift him.
He thought he was going to die.
I did, yeah.
Yes, I thought he was going to die.
That was the hardest part.
Face, has it fallen on one side?
Just last week, an NHS campaign
highlighted the urgency of calling
999 after signs of a stroke.
David's ambulance finally turned up
13 hours later, at 3:30am.
His prognosis is good,
but his eyesight's worsened and his
driving licence is withdrawn.
Something somewhere is going
wrong with the system.
And obviously it does need
seriously looking at,
because I could have been sitting
on my own.
Until he complained,
David's case wasn't even one
of the 40 under investigation.
Proof the Christmas delays may
well be more widespread
than first thought.
Nikki Fox, BBC London News.
The row over
who should pay to remove cladding
similar to that used
on Grenfell Tower from a housing
complex in Croydon has gone
before a judge today.
Leaseholders at Citiscape have been
told they may have to pay up to 30
thousand pounds each to replace
the flammable material.
The property management company says
residents should also contribute
towards the cost of fire wardens.
GPs should be able to prescribe
e-cigarettes and hospitals should
sell them to help patients quit
smoking - that's the view
of Public Health England following
research by a London university.
Experts from Kings College London
were among those who contributed
to the independent review.
They have helped tens of thousands
of people quit smoking.
But currently in the UK,
people have to buy e-cigarettes,
unlike nicotine patches and gum.
Public Health England
want that to change,
and for doctors to start giving
e-cigarettes to patients
The latest evidence reviewed
suggests that although vaping
is not entirely risk-free,
it's much safer than smoking.
The organisation says
e-cigarettes are 95% safer
than regular cigarettes,
as they don't include most of
the toxic chemicals found in smoke.
Researchers estimate e-cigarettes
contribute to at least 20,000
successful new quits per year.
Despite their popularity,
around 40% of smokers
have not tried them.
Experts say the evidence
in favour is so compelling,
smokers who want to quit shouldn't
wait for free prescriptions before
We are confident that they are
substantially less harmful
than cigarette smoking,
so we recommend that smokers
who are really struggling to stop
should try an e-cigarette,
and that might help them to stop
smoking, which would probably be
the best thing they can do
for their health.
In the meantime, Public Health
England suggests hospitals start
selling e-cigarettes to patients,
and change smoking shelters
into vaping lounges.
But they also warn that non-smokers
shouldn't start vaping.
Michelle Roberts, BBC News.
When women were given the vote
for the first time 100 years ago
it was of course a big moment
in the fight for women's rights.
But a century on there is still
inequality when it comes to things
like pay and opportunities.
Steph McGovern has been to meet
women at different stages
of their careers in the capital
to hear about their experiences.
Making your way up in the world
is still not as easy as it
should be for women.
But there are more and more
breaking down the barriers.
Katie is an award-winning
I've come to meet her with Lois,
an apprentice in building
services, and Katherine,
a structural engineer.
You're all working in an industry
Does that bother you, Katie?
It doesn't bother me as such.
I think if anything,
it gives you slightly more leverage.
There's a stereotype out
there about engineers being always
a male with a beard and a hard
hat and high-vis.
But in reality, most of the time I'm
wearing a dress and working
at my desk doing calculations,
doing drawings and working
on computer software.
I feel like I'm listened to.
I'm treated the same
as everybody else.
It's great to hear their optimism.
But what about those a bit further
on in their careers?
Jennifer and Mina have
very different jobs,
but felt the same pressures
There's guilt lurking
at every corner.
Guilt that you can't do your job
in the way in which you
want to do it, and guilt that you're
not there for your children.
I've got two children.
The first was fine.
I had my second, I worked
for the biggest international
law firm, and was made redundant
literally effectively on my first
day back at work.
It affected me mentally so badly.
And in fact, it became
so stressful for
me in the end that I set up own
business and left, so that I could
define my own working hours.
For anyone to get to
the top in business,
it takes a lot of graft.
So what about the few
women who have made it?
Do they think they've had a harder
time because they're a woman?
It takes courage almost every day
to speak out and speak up for gender
balance and gender equality.
Let's do this together.
Let's get men being the biggest
voices, the strongest
voices for getting gender
equality up there.
And that's the only
way I think we're
going to do it.
Back on the construction site,
I definitely feel like these young
women are being given more
opportunities than they would
have done in the past.
So, that should mean in future
we won't need to make a special film
about women doing jobs like these,
or running companies,
because it won't be unusual.
Now let's go over to
Kate for the forecast
and a new look to the weather.
Same old me but new graphics.
Well, once again we woke up
to a very cold start this morning
and a little bit of frost.
Patchier than it was yesterday.
We saw temperatures hovering
above zero in some spots
and below in others.
Had a bit of cloud as well,
but the clouds significantly
broke up very quickly.
Then we had some decent blue sky.
Some cloud is rolling in now, but
fairly high, so the sunshine is
Temperatures will not be too great.
We expect one or two wintry showers,
mainly towards the east.
We will still see some sunshine, the
showers in the East blowing through.
Sunshine to the West, temperatures
getting up to five.
This evening and overnight, the Met
Office has issued a yellow weather
warning for further snow showers and
some ice. This will continue into
dawn tomorrow. Showers affecting all
areas, you could get a light dusting
anywhere but towards the morning
perhaps heavier snow towards the
east. It will clear by dawn,
temperatures dropping to zero or
below. Tomorrow morning, if we have
cloud around, it will clear fairly
quickly to some brights and gym.
Blue sky tomorrow, can't see too
much cloud, looking up blue sky
throughout. Temperature is still
looking rather cold. Towards the end
of the week, temperatures gradually
start to climb, especially towards
the weekend as we pick up a slightly
milder south-westerly breeze into
Thursday. Back to you.
That's about it from me.
Riz Lateef will be here
with our 6:30pm evening programme.
But for now, from us all,
a very good afternoon.