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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and David Garmston.
thousands of days off sick due to stress and anxiety -
I was ending up just crying on every single night shift.
I had three bleepers on me at one stage,
We'll be asking how the healers can be helped.
The 800 candidates seeking to run some of our biggest councils
and the six bidding to be the worst's first metro mayor.
Teaching infants how to survive in the water -
a mother who lost her son tries to prevent other tragedies.
And on a roll - the lawn bowls player hoping for Ghld
New evidence has emerged about the pressures on doctors
with news that thousands of sick days are being lost
They account for about a third of all sickness
in hospitals across the west, but at the Bristol Royal Infirmary
Our health correspondent Matthew Hill has been hearing
from one junior doctor who could not cope and has left the profession.
The seniors, they just took me outside, they completely shouted
at me and said how much money I had cost their hospital.
This doctor, who wants to remain anonymous,
says stress levels became so intense while working in A in Bristol
that she became suicidal, and that's why she left medicine.
Doctors like her also have to put up with abuse from patients,
with one in four saying they suffer from it.
Elbowed in the throat, this hospital worker
is being attacked by a drunk, aggressive patient.
Nationally, last year, stress accounted for 37% of all
But our figures show that, for the NHS, University Hospitals
Bristol had 46% sick days attributed to anxiety, stress or depression.
That's almost five years lost in a year alone.
The trust has declined my request for an interview, but in statement
says it is concerned about this growth in absence from anxiety,
It says that it offers all staff a well-being programme,
which includes a health MOT, and it says it now gathers data
on absences and a much better way, but it's still not possible
to say whether they are due to problems at work or at home.
But these figures may be an underestimate.
As we've been told, not every doctor was willing to admit they took time
This doctor took time off from stress.
At the time she didn't declare it and just said she was ill.
So, it was very common for us to work 12 days in a role.
A few of those would be 13-hour shifts, and you come in early,
Often you don't get to take breaks, just
And even though people say, oh, you must take breaks,
you feel like you can't, because if you do then somebody's
life, somebody's care might suffer for it,
and that would be on your conscience.
The Department of Health says the latest staff survey shows that
some measures were improving, with levels of work stress
at the lowest levels nationally in four years.
I really would describe it as a really strong sense of dread,
of not wanting to get out of bed, and then eventually I was like,
I sometimes would find colleagues hiding in cupboards crying,
Is and you'd just get used to that, as if that's a normal
With growing staff shortages, this unrelenting pressure
Matthew Hill, BBC Points West, Bristol.
Dr Lucy-Jane Davis is a junior doctor who is a member
of the British Medical Association, which represents
thanks for coming in. Medicine has always been stressful and life or
death, so what has changed? You are right it has always been
stressful. One of the things that has changed in the last year or so
is the funding has decreased, but also for junior doctors, we have had
a contract dispute which led to industrial action. That was very
stressful in itself. It has made a lot of people ask, what is the
point? Where are we going? How do we cope? Morale has been undermined
significantly by what happened. All the consultants sitting at home
and saying that you should have been around in the 70s when I was
training when there were longer hours and a few resources.
That is probably true and sometimes it is helpful to go back and look at
history. One of the things that has actually changed is how patients
come in now. People used to come and stay in hospital for several weeks
but now they must get sent home much quicker, so the job has changed a
lot as well. As we agreed, it has always been
stressful, but I guess doctors rely on their support from members of the
team. And from their consultants and managers and so on. Is that
happening? Are those systems in place?
Sometimes they are and when a team works really well that is great, and
that is what is needed. And sometimes the pressure on a
department can be so great that actually things fall apart. The
other thing that has changed is the way that they work. We work far more
in shifts so we do not necessarily work in the same team, and that can
be very stressful at times. It is hard to get into medical
school and be a doctor, but as one of the things people are told over
again if this is a stressful environment. Is it for you? Can you
cope? Could you do a shift at A? What changed? People must say, yes,
I can, and then reality kicks in? I don't know. You start medical
school with absolute dedication, most people, that they are really
caring and compassionate and dedicated. But actually some of us
never wanted to do A I never wanted to do A That is not where
my heart lies and where I am good at, but we actually all go through
the system and learn and do foundation jobs and other clinical
jobs as well. Actually, different people find different routes through
medicine soothed them. But the problem is when the stress and
burn-out becomes so great that actually all of that caring and
dedication is lost. And A is not the best part of what
you do? Lovely to have you on the programme.
A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder
The three-month-old, who was from Swindon, died
at Bristol Children's Hospital last Friday.
Wiltshire Police say the man was previously arrested on suspicion
Police say they've had several calls from the public following a renewed
appeal for information about a 30-year-old unsolved murder.
66-year-old Helen Fleet was killed in Worlebury Woods
Following a re-appeal for information on the 30th
anniversary of her murder, police say some of the calls they've
had have provided them with names and they are looking
The men and women aiming to run the west for the next four
Several of our biggest councils are holding
elections in a month's time, while a brand new metro mayor
will also be chosen for the Bristol and Bath area.
Today was the deadline for anyone wanting to stand,
Here's our political editor Paul Barltrop.
Nearly everyone across the region will have local elections taking
The biggest single contest is for a west of England
mayor, covering Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath
Then, in the three neighbouring counties,
Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire are all presently
So, who's thrown their hat into the ring?
The metro mayor contest is the big one, and,
while the official announcement will be tomorrow, it looks
Conservative Tim Bowles, Labour's Lesley Mansell,
Stephen Williams for the Liberal Democrats,
Darren Hall of the Greens, Ukip's Aaron Foot,
But the numbers of candidates standing elsewhere gives an insight
Across the three counties, the Conservatives have a full slate.
The Lib Dems have got more standing this time, with gaps in just
Ukip, who made their big breakthrough last time,
face an uphill battle - the number they have
The Greens will contest nearly half of all seats,
But rather telling is what's happening to Labour -
they've struggled to get candidates in Gloucestershire and
Wiltshire, and have fewer standing than last time.
They tried not to let that overshadow today's
Shadow Cabinet member Keir Starmer was the guest of honour
at the Guildhall in Gloucester to launch Labour's
For all parties, the candidates are in now place, and
Thank you very much. But let's take a bit deeper.
As we learn who is in the running to be the new mayor for the west
of England, we've been looking into what the job may entail.
It's a new position created by Government to channel more money
But so far it's yet to really engage the voters, as Robin Markwell
For 800 years, Bristol and mayors have gone hand-in-glove.
There's the Lord Mayor, with all the pomp and ceremony
of the post, and, more recently, an elected mayor too,
a job currently held by However they Labour's Marvin Rees.
a job currently held by Labour's Marvin Rees.
Now, at the bidding of Government, voters are being asked
to choose a third mayor, not just for Bristol but for
South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset too.
The idea is that they will bang the drum for the West in Westminster.
My personal hope as an officer is that we get somebody
who is a strong spokesperson for the region, and is effective
in getting more powers, more money for the region.
The metro mayor would be based initially at Bristol's Engine Shed
On housing, they'd help choose how many homes
the region needs and decide whether they should be built.
Whether or not it's on the greenbelt is the big bone of contention.
They'd franchise bus services, pay for community transport,
control key roads and have the power to bring in a clean air zone,
and that could mean a ban on polluting vehicles.
They would have money, too, the best part of ?1 billion
over the next 30 years to go on infrastructure, and last
of all they might try to put up business taxes, raising rates to pay
Well, Keynsham in North East Somerset as they come with a fair
few traffic problems of its own, so what would a metro mayor armed
with ?30 million per year to play with do for a town like this?
But on the streets it was a case of,
"Election? What election?"
Are you pleased to have another election? No.
You know what this person is going to do.
Well, I don't see why we need one, really.
Have you heard of the metro mayor? No.
What you think it might be? Something to do with the Metrobus?
At the tattoo parlour, the thought of another
politician seemed painful, but the idea of spending that
If I was metro mayor for the day, well, maybe a given free transport
for old people and take them out for the day and do something.
I am sure people will get into that as we talk about it more. At the end
of the programme we will give you details of how you can be part of a
special debate programme on the subject of the new mayor for the
West of England. Yes, and there's lots more
still to come, including: Why one mum is throwing children
in at the deep end to teach And make a wish -
Cheltenham's famous Fish Clock 250 soldiers from Wiltshire have set
off to join a Nato taskforce today, designed to deter Russian aggression
in the Baltics. Operation Cabrit will see UK
troops join up with others from France and Denmark,
and is Britain's largest Nato British boots on the move - brought
in by bus into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire this morning
from their base camp in Bulford. Their ride was already waiting
on the runway, as the UK moves troops into the Baltic
state of Estonia, part of an international force -
a demonstration of strength There is a series of measures that
Nato are activating at the moment, in order to deter that Russian
adventurism that we have The deployment of the enhanced
presence battle troops The 250 troops flying out of here
today will join a similar amount already in Estonia, and eventually
there will be 800 UK troops there. And that is the country's largest
contribution to a Nato deployment Last week, these heavy-duty green
machines headed out ahead by boat - armoured vehicles supporting
the 1,100 soldiers being stationed in Estonia
for the next eight months. There's Latvian, Estonian troops,
French troops, American troops, and several troops of different
nations taking part in exercises all around Poland
and so on and so forth as well. It's important that we all
band together, if you will, and show solidarity,
if nothing else. British troops will make up the bulk
of the Nato force there, joined by French, Estonian
and Danish soldiers too. Officially, they're called
an enhanced forward presence. They are, though, a warning
against any form of hostile Andrew Plant, BBC Points West,
RAF Brize Norton. I am sure we all wish them a safe
and successful tool. -- poor. A Wiltshire woman has become one
of the first in Britain to teach young children how to survive
when they fall into water. Olivia Rowe's three-year-old son
Jack fell in to their swimming She's since set up a charity
in his name, and, after an intensive training course in America,
she's started lessons for toddlers Here's our Wiltshire
reporter Will Glennon. This is not a swimming lesson -
it's all about staying alive. This four-year-old is
being taught how to float and keep his head above water
if he fell in accidentally. For me, that's the most important
thing, is that everyone who goes... Every child who goes into water
and into a pool can see, you know, falling in a river,
you know, or a pond, that if that happens
they can save themselves. In July 2014 Olivia Rowe's son Jack
drowned in the family It was the day of his
third birthday. While she popped out,
and Jack was out of sight of his step-brother,
he somehow fell in. I had to take Ella to a school
disco, and when I was out I got the call from Harry,
my stepson, who was looking after him,
saying he I came home and then later
a friend discovered him at the bottom of the pool,
at the side of the bottom, Olivia set up a charity called
the Jack Rabbit Foundation, and went to Florida with her
swimming teacher friend Jo. They both trained in infant
survival techniques. Back home and they've begun
classes n Wiltshire. Back home and they've begun
classes in Wiltshire. Babies and toddlers are shown how
to work with the water, and survive. So, in the water, getting them
in and comfortable with the water. She was never confident
enough in water, and I thought, because this
is mainly about what water confidence and survival,
it's the best thing you can do It's amazing.
I love it. I already signed
Archie up before they had even got back from the states
during their training. I just saw their videos
and so it was something I really wanted him
to do and be part of. This is just the beginning -
the charity wants to teach as many children as possible,
and, ultimately, roll classes out across the whole UK,
saving young lives in Jack's name. Will Glennon, BBC Points West,
Wiltshire. Bristol City have the chance to move
away from the Championship relegation zone this evening
when they play Preston. City are currently just a point
clear of danger, with seven matches Tonight's game is away from home
but is also being shown live It's a year to go until the start
of the Commonwealth Games, which will be staged
on the Gold Coast in Australia. There are more events and medals
to win than ever before, and it will also feature
the largest-ever para-sport Paul Brown from Bristol hopes to be
challenging for the gold in the para-lawn bowls,
and he's come in to talk to us Thank you for coming in. Very
exciting. How is the prep going? Very well and it is about to kick
off. We have got one year to go, so all the preparations now get going
really and we have just started our selection, being told about the plan
for the next year. It will be a busy year, but an exciting year.
You started as an able-bodied bowler, is that right?
Correct, yes. What happened is ten years ago I had a battle with cancer
which resulted in my right leg being amputated above the knee. I'd then
effectively took up balls from my wheelchair and did that for many
years. -- I took up bowls. I only stood up when Glasgow came round in
the classification system came round and I worked out several things. I
found out that I could bowl using a prosthetic and it presented a huge
challenge for me in that I had been bowling so long sat down, and so
there were a lot of new challenges. One of the challenges was noticing
how much my balance, basically, because I bowl of one like. -- one
leg. All upper body, and they get really
low, don't they? Randomly from a chair as well, so that must be in
your thigh muscles. My left leg is stronger than it used
to be, probably the biggest it has ever been in my life.
How much does bowls mean to you? It means a great deal, it has been
my stable, I started when I was 13 and then I lost my leg and I have
always gone back to the sport. The reason I like bowls is it is a sport
for all, no matter whether you are a young aren't old chap...
And a chorus sport. And I think it has changed people's perception
because people use to see it as lawn bowls, and now it is not a young
person's sport, as they thought, but not any more.
It has that perception, but you get to the competitive thing and there
are good people. That is the good thing about bowls.
You don't have to wear a Panama hat. I don't have to wear a Panama hat.
How many hours do you practice a week? Do you have time for work?
It will wrap up now. The preparation for team England, they are very
about preparation. Our prep will start building now. Over the weeks
and months now, my level will increase. In Glasgow I was on the
Green four or five times... And it is definitely all be fitness.
They go around all of the preparation and do the fitness and
all of this. At the end of the day it gets that final...
And that left leg. We will be watching you.
Lovely to meet you. Thank you. Since 1987 Cheltenham's Wishing Fish
Clock has been blowing bubbles and entertaining generations
of children, but, earlier this year, much of it was taken
away to be restored. It'll start ticking
again in all its glory at the end of the month,
but our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs, has been
to see it being repaired. Back in January, the old golden
eggs were thrown away, and the famous fish blew its last
bubbles, before being carefully brought down to earth
for a wash and brush-up. And so, in this busy London studio,
the beloved fish is getting its TLC. The bubble machine was leaking
into the belly of the fish, which was then leaking
through the wood, and stripping the varnish and damaging
the wood underneath. So we've flipped it over,
sanded it back We've still got another, maybe,
four or five coats to do so that it remains as shiny as the rest
of the fish. And one of the challenges
of the project has been the lack of original plans,
which no longer exist. And then they are the mice who pop
out and annoy the snake. A lot of Kit Williams' designs
were compromised back in the '80s due to the budget,
so now Kit's original vision is finally being realised,
and the mice look more mouse-like, As the mice get pushed out
of the clock by a piston, the tips of their noses open
the door, so some parts will wear down over time,
so what we've done is we've made a little removable nose and we're
going to cast this in rubber And that master mouse is then used
to make a new silicon mould from which all the new mice
are being cast in fibreglass. It's always a slightly hair-raising
moment when you take something out of a mould for the first time,
but I'm really pleased with that. The reason they don't want to show
you everything that's being worked on is because they want to save it
for the unveiling, so today we can only really give you a sneaky peek
at some of the work - Steve Knibbs,
BBC Points West, London. He is being a tease. He is such a
tease. It is beautiful, isn't it? Now let's take a look
at the weather. What has it been like to date? Sunny
in places? A bit of everything. Hello,
everybody. The cloud has been breaking up from the West, much as
expected, a lot of sunshine across many of our district. Now the
forecast, as we head into tomorrow. Likely to start with a lot of
sunshine around, but a general trend to increase the amount of cloud from
the north. It could mean it is only Northern district seen that because
of the afternoon. It should come further south and south-west words
and the best of the sunshine will prevail, but for all about it will
be a dry and settled day. A wider look at how things shape up. High
pressure dominating the Padron and will do so about the rest of this
week, and settled conditions. A story of these cloud amounts. Cloud
coming in from the North later tomorrow associated with a weak warm
front. It will have no rain on it associated for our particular part
of the British Isles, and this is the course of this evening. Because
continuing to break up and disappear. As we head into
tonight... Ultimately a lot of clear sky around and that will be a recipe
for a decidedly chilly night developing. Not impossible that some
parts of countryside, may be part of Somerset, dropped down to freezing,
but one or two Celsius above the net result for some parts of the
countryside, and in some places fairly chilly. There could be a hint
of grass frost around I first like tomorrow, but not lasting long,
because we expect a lot of sunshine through the first part of the day. A
little bit of cloud but then the trend as we head into the afternoon,
cloud becoming moribund and from the North. Still fairly fragile and some
pockets of brightness. All in all, it should end up a fairly bright day
for all of us, and the best of that sunshine down towards the south-west
by the tail end of the afternoon. Temperatures tomorrow, don't look
that impressive. 11 or 13 or 14 Celsius. Adding on the Sun generally
have got it it trivial decent. That should be the case for Thursday. On
Thursday, tip the balance towards more in the way of cloud, but I
expect that will reverse for the weekend.
Thank you for that and that is just about it from us. We will be back
with an update at 10pm. Thank you for watching.
We'll leave you tonight with details of an exciting opportunity to be
part of a special debate programme on the subject of the new mayor
for the west of England, or metro mayor.
Bristolians already have a Lord Mayor and an elected mayor.
On May the 4th, voters here in Bath and North East Somerset,
in South Gloucestershire and in Bristol go to the polls
for a new role called the metro mayor.
They'll have powers over housing and transport,
as well as ?30 million a year to spend on infrastructure.
If you'd like to attend the BBC debate on the 19th of April or put
a question to the candidates, then let us know at:
That's "A Mayor For The West: A BBC West Debate", coming soon.
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