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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.
Our main story tonight: A reality after 80 years.
of Bristol is opened which should help traffic move again.
We were gradually being cut off in the south of Bristol. This will go
some way to making them better and it is great news for the area.
The new road makes it easier to get to Bristol Airport -
Our other headlines tonight:
The reducing chances of having a baby -
the NHS cuts back on fertility treatment.
another defeat for Bristol City piles the pressure on Lee Johnson.
the restoration starts tonight on the clock that
Business leaders in Bristol have welcomed a major new road
which could help to create over 2,000 jobs in the
The link road was first suggested in council documents over
80 years ago but today the route road connecting Hartcliffe to
Here's our Business Reporter Robin Markwell.
It might have been gloomy in South Bristol.
But a gathering of high vis brightened things up.
A major transport scheme in Bristol finally complete.
Instead a minister moved a symbolic concrete block.
First mooted in the 1930s - 80-something years later
the South Bristol Link Road finally open.
The three miles of new tarmac now connects the south
On some maps online this road still does not exist, it is so new. This
road is not cheap. But it is... as well as improving
links to the airport. It will help with reliable journeys,
faster journeys to the Passengers will be able to get
to the airport in more Environmental campaigners
complained it would increase pollution as well as cutting
through the Green belt. At the Cater business park
they took a different view. This printing and plastics
firm has long been Having to ship their signs through
the centre of town was proving to be One of the concerns
was we were gradually being cut off and the south Bristol
routes weren't good. This will go some way
to making them better and it can only be great
news for the area. The South Bristol Link Road
is the first piece in a jigsaw puzzle of schemes that
arrive this year. It'll join up with the Metrobus
network due to open this autumn. Then motorists will be able
to judge if it's the answer And Robin joins us from
the South Bristol Link Road now. Given it's only opened first thing
this morning there has been a steady stream of traffic up and down this
road. Proof that there is demand for the road. It is significant because
the forecasts for growth are impressive. 2500 jobs. A quarter of
?1 billion of investment because of this tarmac. It is also supposed to
reduce congestion here and in surrounding villages. But as this
road opens another piece of work is set to begin around the corner. The
disruption is not over yet. Thank you.
A man from Somerset has been sentenced to 25 years in prison,
after being convicted of sexually abusing children since
It's been described as an unusual and shocking case.
Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton Rogers reports.
The prosecution called him a disturbed child who had
an obsessive interest in sex from the age of eight.
And today Andrew Margetts, now 31, was convicted on 23
charges including rape, indecent assault and
two girls and a boy, were aged between six
and 11 when the abuse took place in the '90s.
Throughout this week-long trial the court has heard that
Margetts subjected his young victims to sustained abuse
Sometimes he would gag or tie up his victims.
He threatened one with a knife saying, If you tell
prosecutor Sean Brunton said it was an unusual
The jury told they were entering a twilight world
The NSPCC told the BBC in fact a third of sexual abuse crimes
against children are committed by people under the age of 18.
But not unheard of and at the NSPCC we have
rare cases of seven and eight-year-olds also perpetrating
The judge said that the lives of the young victims in
you were doing was wrong, seriously wrong.
years in prison he told him, you are a wicked, depraved man.
It is the start of another week in January.
Stay with us tonight. We have much more.
I am reporting live from Yeovil hospital as we find out how
pressures in hospitals are affecting patients.
And weather forecast at the end of this programme.
Swindon has unveiled plans to reduce the number of IVF cycles funded
Until now the town's been the most generous place in the West
Tonight Inside Out West is back on our screens
and the new series starts with a look at rationing
As its presenter Seb Choudhury has been finding out,
the most controversial cuts have been to IVF.
For those embarking on their first treatment of IVF the forecast is
looking increasingly uncertain. At the moment, we've just
started our IVF treatment. We have been accepted
for two cycles of IVF so we're hoping that we will get
another go after this. But I understand that
CCG have changed The NHS guidelines recommend a three
cycles but in the West most areas fund one cycle. At the moment only
Swindon offers the complete recommended service but that is
about to change. Swindon will be reducing our IVF
provision from three fresh cycles to one fresh cycles and two
frozen embryo transfers. It puts us in line with our local
partners including Wiltshire and it helps us to stay
within our spending budget. If, as Jade fears, her
local NHS doesn't pay she'll be left to cover
the costs herself. Like Paula - she had to find ?33,000
for her two lovely children. I know if I lived in
a different part of the country, I would have had more
rounds funded for me. It wouldn't have mattered
if my husband had had children from a previous marriage,
that I would be entitled to some form of funding
and I wouldn't have had
to sell my house. However unfair it might seem,
with growing demand on NHS budgets - future funding for services like IVF
is unlikely to increase As we've been hearing, the NHS
continues to be under pressure. This winter, emergency
departments have had to cope with an unprecedented rise
in patients, coupled Now we've discovered this is having
a real impact on the patients who're critically ill,
with some hospitals left without any Our Health Correspondent
Mathew Hill is at Yeovil Staff here are pulling out all the
stops to make sure patient demand is met. That includes opening day case
alias, pitting beds in those areas. The Royal College of Surgeons says
that no more than 85% of beds in hospitals should be occupied at any
one time. We have looked at figures for intensive care and we have found
that for instance Southmead Hospital, in December, the figure
was 92.5% of beds occupied on average. Here in Yeovil the figure
is 82%, so that means that four days in the month of December, there were
no intensive care beds available. Great Western Hospital in Swindon,
78% occupancy for December. Western General Hospital, 17 days in
December there were no intensive gear beds available. In
Gloucestershire the picture is better, they are around 50% of the
time beds were empty. Joining me now is the medical director of the
hospital. How do you cope with demand when all your intensive care
beds are a fool? We have plans in place internally to manage most of
those instances. -- beds are full? There have been signs that there is
no intensive care beds you have got to be redeployed elsewhere, that
will have an effect on patients? Its Kurds but we have the ability to be
flexible and in the last six months we have not had to transfer patients
were nonclinical reasons to other hospitals. How is demand this
evening? Demand is high, the hospital is under a lot of pressure.
The entire system, not just the hospital. We are managing well.
Staff are working hard and we want to thank them all, the community
staff, as well as our primary care colleagues. Thank you very much. But
as the situation here tonight. Back to you in the studio.
Well let's discuss the Winter crisis in our hospitals a bit further.
who's in charge of Urgent Care across Bristol,
Helen Ryan who's the Director of Nursing at Yeovil,
and Morgan Daly, the Director of Healthwatch for
What is life like on the front line as a nurse? It is incredibly busy.
Nobody will be surprised to hear that. There is a lot of pressure on
the nursing staff, they are doing an incredible job. But it is very busy
and it is relentless. Is there anything that could have been
preplanned to dry and ease this period? We know what happens every
year. Yes, and we do a lot of planning, all the way through the
summer we talk about I went to plan, but what is happening now is that
winter is starting in summer. These pressures are continuing --
continuous. The plans we have put in, they are working well, but a lot
of goodwill and effort from the start it those plans work. Is it
more money that is required or reform? More money is always helpful
but we are in a system where that money is the money. My job is to try
and get the best out of the money, the resources, the people that we
have. I think we need to change how our system is balanced so that we
looked to be able to support more people in the community, we look to
use the hospitals for complex parts, acute assessments. We have heard
that over the years, ever since I started in journalism, hospital
bosses have been telling me we need fewer dead because people are
treated in the community, but there's any beds -- we need fewer
beds. Many patients who because of our system end up in hospital
because it is the only place where they can be kept safe. That is often
about care rather than about health. We need to make sure that the social
care services, the primary care service, the community care service
is able to manage and support patients. This care being rationed?
Are you having to cancel, postpone cancer operations to make way for
people turning up at a and E? Looking at our system, because of
the plan, patients with cancer are not being cancelled. There are a
small number of routine patients who are being cancelled at the moment,
and a number of outpatients are being cancelled, to cope with some
of the peaks and troughs, but the patients who desperately need the
surgery are having the surgery. What is your take on this? Is there
anything as patients we could do? Are we savvy enough to know when to
go to hospital, the GP, the pharmacist must remark you talked
about messages for patients earlier, winter planning, and we know that is
vital. We have been working to help the public understand these messages
this winter. The point where making if we tell patients to go to the
pharmacy, or in use 111 before Accident and Emergency that is great
but there needs to be sufficient investment in those services to make
sure that the work well for patients so they do not default to going to
the default -- going to their GP or Accident and Emergency. What about
beds in your hospital tonight? If you had ten people through the
hospital could you cope? Yes, if we only have ten we can Corp. We are
quite full this evening but we have got enough beds to get us through
the night. It is our by our at the moment. Is it getting to you? Do you
think, and other day, another crisis? I would be lying if I said
it does not get to you, of course it does. What we have to do is pick
ourselves up and get on with it. You are a GP? I am. There has been
criticism about GPs not been open long enough hours to see people. Do
you accept that? In Bristol and across this local area GPs do work
long hours, many practices are open 8-8, Monday- Thursday, sometimes
weekends, together with slightly shorter on a Friday, what we do have
however, general practice 24 hours per day, seven days per week, but an
out of hours that is delivered by an out of hours provider, and that is
staffed by GPs with support by nurses, paramedics and others. We
have a very safe system. I believe we have primary care 24-7. What do
you think? Vast majority of patients in the public do not want to see
items with health professionals, they value the service they get, and
actually we need to really value the provision, and if you look at the
feedback that we get from patients in the public, they received
excellent service. I do not think it is an issue. Good. Thank you. Thank
you all for coming in. Thank you for all you do at the sharp end.
Health funding and IVF will be the main topics for discussion tonight.
And Seb will also be trying to make us laugh on what's dubbed the most
A school in South Gloucestershire's been plunged into controversy over
racism and bullying - with the head teacher
Ofsted inspectors say the incidents haven't been dealt with properly -
although parents we've spoken to say they've not heard of any problems.
The verdict of Ofsted inspectors who visited Meadows Primary
Their main concerns were weak leadership
And a failure to improve on problems highlighted at the previous
there have been anti-social incidents in school,
We spoke to parents about those claims this afternoon.
If I thought that was going on there is no way my children would be going
there. I have got four children, three of which I know at secondary
school, and I have never had an issue. I am surprised. We feel the
same. The teachers do a great job. Our children have flourished here.
It does not been any sense. The staff here work so hard. It is not
fair. The local council says
its disappointed at the report. Saying it's ranked 34th out 152 -
based on Ofsted school inspections There is a new headteacher and a
deputy head from another local school to address some of the issues
in the report, to try and get this time around as quickly as possible.
The report did highlight the school's strengths.
Including above average results in reading and writing.
And a recent parent survey found 80% thought the school was well led.
Governors at the school CD are also surprised and disappointed by the
ruling, nonetheless the school is no in special measures, it will have to
take steps to become an academy which will mean it will no longer be
under the control of South Gloucestershire council.
He may be under pressure, but Bristol City head coach
Lee Johnson says he still has the 100% backing
City lost their seventh game in a row at the weekend,
with some fans now calling for a change.
But Johnson says he's certain he will turn things around.
Facing the media this morning to talk about tomorrow's FA Cup replay,
but with as many questions about his own future. On Saturday City back
another lead slip on their way to equalling a club record of seven
league defeats in a row. It is soul destroying. Of course it is. The
recent run of results. Do I think our performances warrant our bad run
of form? Absolutely not. Can become out of this? Absolutely. The support
has been top-class and it always has been at this club. They know I am
passionate about the club. They see the work rate we're putting in but
we have two hold our nerve and continue the progression. Since they
beat Blackburn last October City have won just once in 12 league
games, that has seen them drop from six, pint in 19th place. The problem
during this time has been weak schools. Nine of them conceded in
the last ten minutes of matches. -- the problem has been leaked goals.
The players sometimes come out of it. We have got to take
responsibility. There is good things beer at the same time. We do not
want to be negative. That is the last thing we need right now. We
need positivity around us. That is what we are trying to do. Tomorrow
they play Fleetwood who are unbeaten in 13 games. Defeat against the
League 1 side would only add to the pressure.
A bubble blowing clock that has been entertaining shoppers
in Cheltenham since 1985 has been stopped for a face-lift.
The huge Wishing Fish Clock in the Regent Arcade
is being dismantled tonight as parts of it don't work any more.
It was designed by Kit Williams, who was famous
in the '70s for Masquerade and the search for the golden hare.
Steve Knibbs, our Gloucestershire reporter,
Here editors, behind me, the iconic wishing fish clock. For the last 30
years on the half-hour and on the hour it has been playing music and
blowing bubbles. Apparently the original plan was for a cliched view
of Cheltenham, thankfully the orders of the arcade at the time chose
something more exciting and iconic. For over 30 years the mice have been
sneaky, the snake has tried in vain to catch them,
and the fish has blown bubbles to be I remember coming to Cheltenham on
special shopping trips with my mum and just being amazed that all these
bubbles were coming out. It is just lovely. It is nice having his
experience of something that I have been through as well. It is a great
attraction for the kids. Whenever you come here and there is always
children running around and enjoying it.
a timepiece that was magical, theatrical and fun.
Everybody is excited by bubbles. And the painting, which goes round and
round. There were lots of different aspects to it. Even the music. You
hear that music. of capturing the imagination -
in the '70s he wrote Masquerade, that, through a series of clues,
led readers to a jewelled But as for the clock,
time has taken its toll, and things need fixing,
like the infinite stream As they pass into the clock itself,
then the ball disappears and goes around the rest of the clock and the
empty cup comes back up again, where as it goes over the top, it is
falling down again. That is a simple check.
The new, improved clock will soon be back to grant wishes to everyone
The clock is going to be dismantled tonight. The goose, the fish, the
snake, and the mice are going to be restored, and in some cases improved
because originally they ran out of budget and could not meet the
original design. But the bubbles and the balls will all be back.
Time to catch up with the weather forecast. Let us go up to the roof
where Ian has the forecast. Good evening. Let me take you through the
forecast as we enter into a week which will be predominantly a
driver. There will be phases with some drizzly rain but certainly no
great amounts in any one spot. There could be great amounts of clouds to
chase around. That's more than anything is the forecast difficulty.
The knock-on result that all have in terms of temperatures by day and
night. Tomorrow there will be for the most part cloud, particularly
West and north-west. Conversely through the afternoon we will see
some sunny skies starting to emerge towards the south-east. For all of
us it will be a mostly dry day once we are to the early part of the
morning. We have high pressure building, but this beach-front is
moving from East to West, hence the drizzle, the low cloud, that
staggers towards the West, the rain dies away but the cloud remains. But
the skies are clearing and from the East, south-east, as dry area comes
from the new continent. For the rest of this evening they tonight we have
got this slow-moving band of drizzly rain. That will tend to die away but
that will leave a legacy of low cloud until fork which has been a
feature for much of the day. We will not see much frost tonight. Expect
tomorrow to be a start at least with low cloud, hill fog towards the
West. From the East, south-east, the skies are starting to clear. There
will be a tight delineation between the cloudy zone and the sunny zone.
Better chance of sunshine towards the south-east. Grealish skies just
north-west word. Tomorrow temperatures are in the range of
4-6 C, by tomorrow night I wager risk of seeing frost, some areas as
low as minus four. That does make me feel a bit blue
this Monday. And Julia wrote to us and said it is
blue Monday, Akanji have a mention? I sit, no. -- can she have a
mention. Goodbye. Let me see them hands up.
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