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A leading local doctor has warned patients' lives could be at risk


because of the pressures on our accident and


But North West Tonight has obtained a leaked report,


showing patients have been kept waiting in ambulances for up to ten


The length of time an ambulance waits can vary


from hospital to hospital - and we're not just talking


Today, leaked figures suggest that some hospitals are way


On the 4th of January, an ambulance waited for more than ten hours


the length of time was almost nine hours.


On the 12th of December, the longest turnaround


time at Royal Bolton was nine hours.


On all three occasions, the average times were higher


My major concern is what it means for patients waiting


on stretchers, in corridors, not being seen quickly enough.


The NHS staff are working absolute wonders,


Two days ago, this image was sent to MP Stephen Twigg.


A constituent told him the waiting room at Aintree


was like an airport - with people on ambulance trolleys


waiting to be handed over from paradedics to A


So at the moment we have about 130 patients within the hospital


who COULD go home if there was an appropriate place for them


to go to, or an appropriate care package to go to in the community.


we need people in the emergency we need people in the emergency


department to move into. Leading doctors today wrote


to the Prime Minister warning patients' lives


are being put at risk. What I've been advocating


is an increase in national insurance contribution,


that it should be earmarked only for the NHS and social care,


because if you designed an NHS now you'd have both of those key


services as a single service. Today the government responded,


during debate on the NHS and social in the Tuesday after Christmas,


we saw the busiest day ever And over the few weeks around


Christmas, we saw the day when more people were treated in accident


and emergency within four hours The North West Ambulance Service has


seen an increase in red incidents. As these are patients in a serious


concern but need to go to hospital, this in turn impacts on an increase


in activity at hospital emergency departments,


that can unfortunately result in ambulance crews having to wait


longer to hand over patients Patients will want


to see improvements. The Government maintains a huge


amount of action is being taken Mark Holland is President


of the Society for Acute Medicine. I asked him what he thought


about the Prime Minister dismissing the Red Cross's claims the NHS


is facing a himanitarian crisis We're not in a situation like it is


in Syria, but we are in a humane crisis


because it is a crisis which is affecting human beings,


and there is a person at the top of the food chain who is in denial


that the crisis is occurring. And therefore I feel a lot


of sympathy with the Red Cross - they have no axe to grind,


they have come out and made a powerful statement,


and I think we have an obligation The Government says ?10 billion


going in, 1,600 more doctors, We are not seeing any benefits,


and therefore one wonders A lot of people feel the accounting


figures are, you know, we are the third worst


doctored country in Europe, we have 2.8 doctors per 1,000


of the of population. Adding in 1600 takes


us to just 2.83. There's been talk today


of a political consensus to bring the parties together to plot


a way forward. Yes, I think we probably do need


an immediate injection of cash I think it is right that party


politics are done away with and people work together,


but I also think it is right that the NHS needs


a really strong leader. Guys like you are interviewing


different people every day of the week, and I don't think


anybody out there can tell us who runs the NHS


because there are too many people who appear to put their hands up


but nobody ever takes I've lived through one


another bad winter, which was 1989 going into '90,


and this is worse. Police investigating the rape


of a 12-year-old girl in the Levenshulme area


of Manchester have released an e-fit image of a man


they want to speak to. The attack happened on the 22nd


Novermber on Chapel Street, It's one of three attacks


in the area over recent months - including the rape of another


12-year-old. This evening, more than a hundred


people have held a meeting in Levenshulme to raise


concerns over safety. Police have increased patrols


in the area since the attacks - but say they're not linking them


at this stage. Local residents say the community


needs more reassurance. I want to know I'm safe


when I'm out and about, because the area has suddenly become


"Oh - I daren't go there. I'd better put the car


away before it gets too You don't know what's


around the corner. And it's never been


like that around here. Lancashire Police closed part


of Preston New Road for four hours earlier today,


because of an anti fracking protest. Demonstrators were walking


in front of lorries heading Police say it caused long tailbacks


and diversions in the area. Fines worth more than a million


pounds have been issued to thousands of drivers in Preston,


after the introduction Motorists caught out


by the new restriction are furious Lancashire County Council has made


so much money in less But it says the Fishergate


scheme to ease congestion Fishergate, Preston's


main shopping street. Transformed in recent years,


it's now a shared space scheme. Vehicles and pedestrians


have equal right of way, and with it all the street signs


and crucially the traffic Over Christmas 2015, and at peak


times, congestion got quite bad. So in October last year,


Lancashire County Council Drivers were stopped from turning


right, near the railway station, and a temporary bus lane on parts


of Fishergate was And it's at this point


on Fishergate that, at its junction with Mount Street,


where the bus lane begins. It's active between 11:00


in the morning and 6:00 at night. While we've been filming throughout


the day, we've seen countless numbers of drivers ignore the signs


and carry on down Fishergate; We've been speaking


to people who don't think The first day they put


in the camera, they were here, a few people were here to advise


the people that it's But the next day onwards,


there was nobody here. Our daughter came up


Chapel Street, and by the time Since October, Lancashire County


Council's issued over 23,000 fines. Behind me, we have signs


which are quite clear, telling people that if they go any


further beyond the last sign, there is a camera -


it is in operation. Michael Leach is a solicitor


who works and lives in Preston. It's just moved whatever congestion


there was on Fishergate round Avenham, where people


who are going to the Fylde coast or wherever are just having


to drive round Avenham - and Avenham's just completely


blocked, Avenham's not designed The consultation's under way now


to decide whether to continue Football, and Liverpool suffered


a setback in the first leg of their Jurgen Klopp's side were beaten 1-0


by Southampton on the south coast. Nathan Redmond got the goal midway


through the first half. The second leg is at


Anfield in a fortnight - the winners will play


Manchester United or Hull City There could be snow perhaps anywhere


over the next 24 hours, it could continue beyond that into Friday.


The cold weather has descended across us. You really are starting


to feel how raw it is. That wind continues to be quite strong


overnight. This weather stays with us through the weekend. Through the


afternoon, one or two macro showers popped up. There wasn't much in


them, just like, patchy rain, but as this weather bumps into the cold air


tonight, this is where the potential for snow starts. Just after


midnight, the Met Office warning for snow comes in. Yellow is the lowest


level, we are not expecting massive problems, there may be no problems,


but it doesn't take too much snow to cause a huge problem. So anywhere


could see perhaps a centimetre of snow. But this is our picture


tonight. You can see these showers, merging from time to time over the


highest levels, there could be a bit of drifting. The numbers too cold,


but tomorrow night will be a different story. Through the day


tomorrow it is all about those wintry showers continuing. All the


high ground you could have a light covering, at lower levels a tiny


dusting. There is always the potential for one two macro


different -- difficult areas. There will be reasonable spells of


sunshine away from the showers, temperatures three or four macro at


the very best. start to the weekend. Time for the


national weather prospects if you are on the move.


Good evening, a lot going on with the weather in the next few days,


numerous weather warnings in for so buried in mind if you have travel


plans. Lots of isobars on the chart overnight which means it will be


windy for all. The strongest winds in Scotland, lots of wintry showers


with snow getting down to increasingly low levels and some


wintry showers in Northern Ireland and northern England. A cold night


for Northern England, particularly in more rural spots, frosty and I


see for some and some of the snow really blowing around over higher


ground in Scotland. Strong wind and further