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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.

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Our main story tonight: A reality after 80 years.

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of Bristol is opened which should help traffic move again.

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We were gradually being cut off in the south of Bristol. This will go

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some way to making them better and it is great news for the area.

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The new road makes it easier to get to Bristol Airport -

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Our other headlines tonight:

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The reducing chances of having a baby -

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the NHS cuts back on fertility treatment.

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another defeat for Bristol City piles the pressure on Lee Johnson.

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the restoration starts tonight on the clock that

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Business leaders in Bristol have welcomed a major new road

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which could help to create over 2,000 jobs in the

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The link road was first suggested in council documents over

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80 years ago but today the route road connecting Hartcliffe to

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Here's our Business Reporter Robin Markwell.

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It might have been gloomy in South Bristol.

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But a gathering of high vis brightened things up.

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A major transport scheme in Bristol finally complete.

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Instead a minister moved a symbolic concrete block.

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First mooted in the 1930s - 80-something years later

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the South Bristol Link Road finally open.

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The three miles of new tarmac now connects the south

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On some maps online this road still does not exist, it is so new. This

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road is not cheap. But it is... as well as improving

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links to the airport. It will help with reliable journeys,

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faster journeys to the Passengers will be able to get

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to the airport in more Environmental campaigners

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complained it would increase pollution as well as cutting

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through the Green belt. At the Cater business park

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they took a different view. This printing and plastics

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firm has long been Having to ship their signs through

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the centre of town was proving to be One of the concerns

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was we were gradually being cut off and the south Bristol

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routes weren't good. This will go some way

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to making them better and it can only be great

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news for the area. The South Bristol Link Road

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is the first piece in a jigsaw puzzle of schemes that

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arrive this year. It'll join up with the Metrobus

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network due to open this autumn. Then motorists will be able

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to judge if it's the answer And Robin joins us from

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the South Bristol Link Road now. Given it's only opened first thing

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this morning there has been a steady stream of traffic up and down this

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road. Proof that there is demand for the road. It is significant because

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the forecasts for growth are impressive. 2500 jobs. A quarter of

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?1 billion of investment because of this tarmac. It is also supposed to

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reduce congestion here and in surrounding villages. But as this

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road opens another piece of work is set to begin around the corner. The

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disruption is not over yet. Thank you.

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A man from Somerset has been sentenced to 25 years in prison,

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after being convicted of sexually abusing children since

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It's been described as an unusual and shocking case.

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Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton Rogers reports.

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The prosecution called him a disturbed child who had

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an obsessive interest in sex from the age of eight.

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And today Andrew Margetts, now 31, was convicted on 23

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charges including rape, indecent assault and

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two girls and a boy, were aged between six

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and 11 when the abuse took place in the '90s.

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Throughout this week-long trial the court has heard that

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Margetts subjected his young victims to sustained abuse

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Sometimes he would gag or tie up his victims.

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He threatened one with a knife saying, If you tell

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prosecutor Sean Brunton said it was an unusual

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The jury told they were entering a twilight world

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The NSPCC told the BBC in fact a third of sexual abuse crimes

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against children are committed by people under the age of 18.

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But not unheard of and at the NSPCC we have

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rare cases of seven and eight-year-olds also perpetrating

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The judge said that the lives of the young victims in

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you were doing was wrong, seriously wrong.

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years in prison he told him, you are a wicked, depraved man.

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It is the start of another week in January.

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Stay with us tonight. We have much more.

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I am reporting live from Yeovil hospital as we find out how

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pressures in hospitals are affecting patients.

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And weather forecast at the end of this programme.

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Swindon has unveiled plans to reduce the number of IVF cycles funded

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Until now the town's been the most generous place in the West

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Tonight Inside Out West is back on our screens

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and the new series starts with a look at rationing

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As its presenter Seb Choudhury has been finding out,

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the most controversial cuts have been to IVF.

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For those embarking on their first treatment of IVF the forecast is

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looking increasingly uncertain. At the moment, we've just

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started our IVF treatment. We have been accepted

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for two cycles of IVF so we're hoping that we will get

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another go after this. But I understand that

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CCG have changed The NHS guidelines recommend a three

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cycles but in the West most areas fund one cycle. At the moment only

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Swindon offers the complete recommended service but that is

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about to change. Swindon will be reducing our IVF

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provision from three fresh cycles to one fresh cycles and two

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frozen embryo transfers. It puts us in line with our local

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partners including Wiltshire and it helps us to stay

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within our spending budget. If, as Jade fears, her

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local NHS doesn't pay she'll be left to cover

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the costs herself. Like Paula - she had to find ?33,000

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for her two lovely children. I know if I lived in

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a different part of the country, I would have had more

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rounds funded for me. It wouldn't have mattered

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if my husband had had children from a previous marriage,

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that I would be entitled to some form of funding

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and I wouldn't have had

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to sell my house. However unfair it might seem,

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with growing demand on NHS budgets - future funding for services like IVF

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is unlikely to increase As we've been hearing, the NHS

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continues to be under pressure. This winter, emergency

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departments have had to cope with an unprecedented rise

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in patients, coupled Now we've discovered this is having

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a real impact on the patients who're critically ill,

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with some hospitals left without any Our Health Correspondent

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Mathew Hill is at Yeovil Staff here are pulling out all the

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stops to make sure patient demand is met. That includes opening day case

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alias, pitting beds in those areas. The Royal College of Surgeons says

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that no more than 85% of beds in hospitals should be occupied at any

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one time. We have looked at figures for intensive care and we have found

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that for instance Southmead Hospital, in December, the figure

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was 92.5% of beds occupied on average. Here in Yeovil the figure

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is 82%, so that means that four days in the month of December, there were

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no intensive care beds available. Great Western Hospital in Swindon,

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78% occupancy for December. Western General Hospital, 17 days in

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December there were no intensive gear beds available. In

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Gloucestershire the picture is better, they are around 50% of the

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time beds were empty. Joining me now is the medical director of the

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hospital. How do you cope with demand when all your intensive care

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beds are a fool? We have plans in place internally to manage most of

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those instances. -- beds are full? There have been signs that there is

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no intensive care beds you have got to be redeployed elsewhere, that

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will have an effect on patients? Its Kurds but we have the ability to be

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flexible and in the last six months we have not had to transfer patients

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were nonclinical reasons to other hospitals. How is demand this

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evening? Demand is high, the hospital is under a lot of pressure.

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The entire system, not just the hospital. We are managing well.

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Staff are working hard and we want to thank them all, the community

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staff, as well as our primary care colleagues. Thank you very much. But

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as the situation here tonight. Back to you in the studio.

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Well let's discuss the Winter crisis in our hospitals a bit further.

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who's in charge of Urgent Care across Bristol,

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Helen Ryan who's the Director of Nursing at Yeovil,

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and Morgan Daly, the Director of Healthwatch for

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What is life like on the front line as a nurse? It is incredibly busy.

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Nobody will be surprised to hear that. There is a lot of pressure on

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the nursing staff, they are doing an incredible job. But it is very busy

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and it is relentless. Is there anything that could have been

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preplanned to dry and ease this period? We know what happens every

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year. Yes, and we do a lot of planning, all the way through the

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summer we talk about I went to plan, but what is happening now is that

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winter is starting in summer. These pressures are continuing --

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continuous. The plans we have put in, they are working well, but a lot

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of goodwill and effort from the start it those plans work. Is it

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more money that is required or reform? More money is always helpful

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but we are in a system where that money is the money. My job is to try

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and get the best out of the money, the resources, the people that we

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have. I think we need to change how our system is balanced so that we

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looked to be able to support more people in the community, we look to

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use the hospitals for complex parts, acute assessments. We have heard

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that over the years, ever since I started in journalism, hospital

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bosses have been telling me we need fewer dead because people are

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treated in the community, but there's any beds -- we need fewer

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beds. Many patients who because of our system end up in hospital

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because it is the only place where they can be kept safe. That is often

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about care rather than about health. We need to make sure that the social

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care services, the primary care service, the community care service

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is able to manage and support patients. This care being rationed?

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Are you having to cancel, postpone cancer operations to make way for

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people turning up at a and E? Looking at our system, because of

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the plan, patients with cancer are not being cancelled. There are a

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small number of routine patients who are being cancelled at the moment,

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and a number of outpatients are being cancelled, to cope with some

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of the peaks and troughs, but the patients who desperately need the

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surgery are having the surgery. What is your take on this? Is there

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anything as patients we could do? Are we savvy enough to know when to

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go to hospital, the GP, the pharmacist must remark you talked

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about messages for patients earlier, winter planning, and we know that is

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vital. We have been working to help the public understand these messages

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this winter. The point where making if we tell patients to go to the

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pharmacy, or in use 111 before Accident and Emergency that is great

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but there needs to be sufficient investment in those services to make

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sure that the work well for patients so they do not default to going to

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the default -- going to their GP or Accident and Emergency. What about

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beds in your hospital tonight? If you had ten people through the

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hospital could you cope? Yes, if we only have ten we can Corp. We are

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quite full this evening but we have got enough beds to get us through

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the night. It is our by our at the moment. Is it getting to you? Do you

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think, and other day, another crisis? I would be lying if I said

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it does not get to you, of course it does. What we have to do is pick

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ourselves up and get on with it. You are a GP? I am. There has been

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criticism about GPs not been open long enough hours to see people. Do

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you accept that? In Bristol and across this local area GPs do work

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long hours, many practices are open 8-8, Monday- Thursday, sometimes

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weekends, together with slightly shorter on a Friday, what we do have

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however, general practice 24 hours per day, seven days per week, but an

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out of hours that is delivered by an out of hours provider, and that is

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staffed by GPs with support by nurses, paramedics and others. We

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have a very safe system. I believe we have primary care 24-7. What do

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you think? Vast majority of patients in the public do not want to see

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items with health professionals, they value the service they get, and

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actually we need to really value the provision, and if you look at the

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feedback that we get from patients in the public, they received

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excellent service. I do not think it is an issue. Good. Thank you. Thank

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you all for coming in. Thank you for all you do at the sharp end.

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Health funding and IVF will be the main topics for discussion tonight.

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And Seb will also be trying to make us laugh on what's dubbed the most

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A school in South Gloucestershire's been plunged into controversy over

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racism and bullying - with the head teacher

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Ofsted inspectors say the incidents haven't been dealt with properly -

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although parents we've spoken to say they've not heard of any problems.

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The verdict of Ofsted inspectors who visited Meadows Primary

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Their main concerns were weak leadership

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And a failure to improve on problems highlighted at the previous

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there have been anti-social incidents in school,

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We spoke to parents about those claims this afternoon.

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If I thought that was going on there is no way my children would be going

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there. I have got four children, three of which I know at secondary

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school, and I have never had an issue. I am surprised. We feel the

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same. The teachers do a great job. Our children have flourished here.

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It does not been any sense. The staff here work so hard. It is not

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fair. The local council says

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its disappointed at the report. Saying it's ranked 34th out 152 -

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based on Ofsted school inspections There is a new headteacher and a

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deputy head from another local school to address some of the issues

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in the report, to try and get this time around as quickly as possible.

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The report did highlight the school's strengths.

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Including above average results in reading and writing.

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And a recent parent survey found 80% thought the school was well led.

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Governors at the school CD are also surprised and disappointed by the

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ruling, nonetheless the school is no in special measures, it will have to

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take steps to become an academy which will mean it will no longer be

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under the control of South Gloucestershire council.

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He may be under pressure, but Bristol City head coach

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Lee Johnson says he still has the 100% backing

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City lost their seventh game in a row at the weekend,

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with some fans now calling for a change.

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But Johnson says he's certain he will turn things around.

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Facing the media this morning to talk about tomorrow's FA Cup replay,

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but with as many questions about his own future. On Saturday City back

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another lead slip on their way to equalling a club record of seven

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league defeats in a row. It is soul destroying. Of course it is. The

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recent run of results. Do I think our performances warrant our bad run

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of form? Absolutely not. Can become out of this? Absolutely. The support

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has been top-class and it always has been at this club. They know I am

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passionate about the club. They see the work rate we're putting in but

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we have two hold our nerve and continue the progression. Since they

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beat Blackburn last October City have won just once in 12 league

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games, that has seen them drop from six, pint in 19th place. The problem

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during this time has been weak schools. Nine of them conceded in

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the last ten minutes of matches. -- the problem has been leaked goals.

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The players sometimes come out of it. We have got to take

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responsibility. There is good things beer at the same time. We do not

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want to be negative. That is the last thing we need right now. We

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need positivity around us. That is what we are trying to do. Tomorrow

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they play Fleetwood who are unbeaten in 13 games. Defeat against the

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League 1 side would only add to the pressure.

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A bubble blowing clock that has been entertaining shoppers

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in Cheltenham since 1985 has been stopped for a face-lift.

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The huge Wishing Fish Clock in the Regent Arcade

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is being dismantled tonight as parts of it don't work any more.

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It was designed by Kit Williams, who was famous

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in the '70s for Masquerade and the search for the golden hare.

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Steve Knibbs, our Gloucestershire reporter,

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Here editors, behind me, the iconic wishing fish clock. For the last 30

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years on the half-hour and on the hour it has been playing music and

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blowing bubbles. Apparently the original plan was for a cliched view

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of Cheltenham, thankfully the orders of the arcade at the time chose

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something more exciting and iconic. For over 30 years the mice have been

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sneaky, the snake has tried in vain to catch them,

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and the fish has blown bubbles to be I remember coming to Cheltenham on

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special shopping trips with my mum and just being amazed that all these

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bubbles were coming out. It is just lovely. It is nice having his

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experience of something that I have been through as well. It is a great

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attraction for the kids. Whenever you come here and there is always

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children running around and enjoying it.

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a timepiece that was magical, theatrical and fun.

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Everybody is excited by bubbles. And the painting, which goes round and

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round. There were lots of different aspects to it. Even the music. You

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hear that music. of capturing the imagination -

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in the '70s he wrote Masquerade, that, through a series of clues,

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led readers to a jewelled But as for the clock,

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time has taken its toll, and things need fixing,

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like the infinite stream As they pass into the clock itself,

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then the ball disappears and goes around the rest of the clock and the

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empty cup comes back up again, where as it goes over the top, it is

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falling down again. That is a simple check.

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The new, improved clock will soon be back to grant wishes to everyone

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The clock is going to be dismantled tonight. The goose, the fish, the

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snake, and the mice are going to be restored, and in some cases improved

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because originally they ran out of budget and could not meet the

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original design. But the bubbles and the balls will all be back.

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Time to catch up with the weather forecast. Let us go up to the roof

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where Ian has the forecast. Good evening. Let me take you through the

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forecast as we enter into a week which will be predominantly a

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driver. There will be phases with some drizzly rain but certainly no

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great amounts in any one spot. There could be great amounts of clouds to

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chase around. That's more than anything is the forecast difficulty.

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The knock-on result that all have in terms of temperatures by day and

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night. Tomorrow there will be for the most part cloud, particularly

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West and north-west. Conversely through the afternoon we will see

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some sunny skies starting to emerge towards the south-east. For all of

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us it will be a mostly dry day once we are to the early part of the

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morning. We have high pressure building, but this beach-front is

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moving from East to West, hence the drizzle, the low cloud, that

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staggers towards the West, the rain dies away but the cloud remains. But

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the skies are clearing and from the East, south-east, as dry area comes

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from the new continent. For the rest of this evening they tonight we have

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got this slow-moving band of drizzly rain. That will tend to die away but

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that will leave a legacy of low cloud until fork which has been a

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feature for much of the day. We will not see much frost tonight. Expect

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tomorrow to be a start at least with low cloud, hill fog towards the

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West. From the East, south-east, the skies are starting to clear. There

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will be a tight delineation between the cloudy zone and the sunny zone.

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Better chance of sunshine towards the south-east. Grealish skies just

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north-west word. Tomorrow temperatures are in the range of

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4-6 C, by tomorrow night I wager risk of seeing frost, some areas as

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low as minus four. That does make me feel a bit blue

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this Monday. And Julia wrote to us and said it is

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blue Monday, Akanji have a mention? I sit, no. -- can she have a

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mention. Goodbye. Let me see them hands up.

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Let's do this. Glastonbury!

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Make some noise! How you doing, Big Weekend?

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Get ready. Go solo, Hyde Park.

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Don't believe you. Secure your place at

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the 500 Words Final, BBC Radio 2's writing competition

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for kids with our honorary judge her Royal Highness the

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Duchess of Cornwall. # Knees and toes and eyes and ears

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and mouth and nose... #

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