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Could legal action save a doctor's surgery in
One campaigner's taking her fight to the High Court.
a special birthday party, celebrating Oxford Children's
Days of sub-zero temperatures that have led to this
People living in Witney are hoping a High Court judge
The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group wants to close
One resident is now taking legal action, claiming there wasn't
It comes as NHS England says it won't allow GPs to charge patients
for some extra services, an idea that doctors
Last September they heard that the Deer Park GP surgery
I think it is totally disgusting what they are doing.
I had a problem that I thought might be serious, and
I got to see the doctor the same day.
My wife was seriously ill for four years, and the doctorup there
Now one patient has taken the fight to the High Court to seek an order
We are waiting for a judge to look at
it to say whether it will go ahead or not.
If we succeed, we will set a precedent
so that anyone else in the
The CCG, who run the Deer Park practice, wouldn't talk to us today,
If we close down, the knock-on effect
is we have then got to be distributed amongst the other
surgeries, and they are already overwhelmed by the number
And it's not just in Witney where GPs are under pressure.
Today, Oxfordshire doctors suggested GPs should be able to charge NHS
There is a limit to what can be provided for that sum of
money, and if people want further services like treatment for skin
conditions etc, it is only sensible that that has to be funded somehow.
This afternoon NHS England say it wouldn't agree to that.
But supporters say something has to change, as general
Contracts are being handed back at a rate that I have never seen
It used to be unheard of, but now I am seeing that
certainly once every few months, and I have phone calls
from distressed GPs who are overstressed, feeling
their practice is unviable on virtually a weekly basis.
Patients are raising ?1,500 for legal fees and must wait to hear
whether the practice will close in March.
A short time ago, I spoke to the MP for Witney, Robert Courts.
He says action needs to be taken to resolve the problem at Deer Park.
I would like to see the Clinical Commissioning Group engage with
Virgin Care, and with the patients' group with a view to finding
I have met with the CCG on a number of
occasions and have made clear to them in the strongest terms how
upset I am and how upset the people of Witney are about this decision.
I have also met with Virgin Care, and
then met with the patients' group, and there is a willingness
for everyone to discuss and come to a solution,
and I would urge all parties, but particularly Oxfordshire health
bosses, to get around the table and discuss a happy solution.
There's a warning about contaminated Class A drugs circulating in west
Oxfordshire,after at least three people are now known to have died.
GP surgeries, hospitals and other agencies are on red alert
following the deaths of two men within four days in the Witney
A third death has also now been reported to police.
They're all believed to be linked to a bad batch of crack
A mother from south Oxfordshire who's serving a three-year jail
sentence for the manslaughter of her daughter has had it
Jasmine Gregory, who's 24 and from Wantage,
was convicted over the death of her 14-month-old daughter,
Her sentence has now been put up to four-and-a-half years.
A political activist has been accused of hypocrisy
after accepting a scholarship to Oxford University
from the very organisation he was criticising.
South African Joshua Nott was heavily involved
It condemned a statue of the nineteenth-century
British imperialist Cecil Rhodes as a symbol
Joshua Nott has now accepted a ?40,000 grant
He says he'll use it to fight against Rhodes' ideals.
Next tonight, another one of our special reports marking
Oxford Children's Hospital's tenth anniversary.
All this week, we've been bringing you inspirational stories.
Today, past and present patients are being treated
First though, Serena Martin has been looking back at how
It started with the idea to put all children's care under one roof,
rather than split across two sites, the Radcliffe Infirmary and the JR.
It means that all of the children's things
can be brought together, so that we have children's radiology, play
therapists, an enormous amount of things that are dedicated
You walk into this space and immediately you know that you
Families have been at the heart of its design since the beginning,
choosing paint colours, naming and labelling the wards,
with boys wanting a sport theme, girls wanting cuddly animals,
so it's ended up somewhere in between.
And to make the idea a reality, ?15 million
In the past decade, the hospital has looked after half a million children
from newborns to teenagers, served more than 4,000 meals
And today some of the very first patients are back to celebrate
The best thing about it is the staff and the nurses.
We came here when Fred was a week old.
We stayed here for seven weeks and they were amazing.
They are caring, they were there for when we
I was in another hospital, but then I got moved here,
And Serena joins us now from the party.
Serena, the hospital's had some high profile support this week.
Is royal support in fact. I had in my hand a letter from Kensington
Palace, capping the Duchess of Cambridge. She is written saying she
would like to congratulate the hospital on its milestone as you
read lent her support to the fundraising appeal. That appeal to
raise ?2 million. Let me introduce you to Zoe Pooley who is a major in
here. A huge milestone today. What does the future hold? We are seeing
more families all the time, the children we treat have an increasing
range of problems and we need to meet those needs in the NHS and with
the extra things that make it comfortable for them. The extra
things really strike home. Everyone talks about their love they have for
this place. What makes it so special? Supported that opened this
hospital years ago and it has grown and evolved since then. On the
fabulous teams that work here, the specialists and experts. It is a
great place to work with a lovely atmosphere. Your work in children's
care for 24 years. You must love it. Yes, I am available to have this
job. The children are great find. None had the same, they are all
different. No day is probably the same either. Never boring. We will
be continuing our look next week to mark the anniversary of the
Children's Hospital. Tomorrow we'll be looking at the pioneering work of
the craniofacial unit. One of the only unit of the tide in the world.
The overuse of antibiotics was mainly to blame for a serious
stomach bug outbreak in hospitals around ten years ago,
according to new research by Oxford University.
The outbreak of C-difficile in 2006 led to deep cleaning and other
infection control measures by the NHS.
Scientists found that cases of C-Diff only fell when use
of certain antibiotics were reduced and used in a targeted way.
When that happened, there was an 80% fall in infections.
This information definitely helps us to take a proportionate approach to
managing infections which clearly consist of doing good hygiene
practices and, in some instances, we get a huge benefit
from restricting antibiotics, and we need to learn
more about this, but this is a lovely example
This week, people in and around Milton Keynes are celebrating
It's easy to brand a new town as all concrete and no culture.
But from its very inception, art was a big focus,
with large numbers of public art being purchased or commissioned
Around in the many corners of Milton Keynes, you will find
They are often placed with a sense of humour, like
this horse standing outside the bank with the same logo.
This shopping centre installation celebrates
accessible art that has always been at the heart of the town.
Depicted as a stage set here, the idea is for
you to go out and find the originals yourself.
I think art is always about thinking about what might come next.
Milton Keynes is also a town that was following a similar thought
process, how can you construct a space that will also work 50 years
I think it makes sense that integrated
art is in the fabric of its open architecture.
These concrete cows from 1978 have to be the most famous
or infamous piece of public art here in Milton Keynes.
But over the years, there has been far
more going on in the art scene here than these brutalist beasts.
In 1988, roads were closed when Michael Jackson performed here.
MK Bowl bathing in the heyday of stadium tours.
From pop royalty to jazz royalty, Sir John Dankworth abd
Dame Cleo Laine founded The Stables at Wavendon,
a melting point for all types of music.
But they had no idea that Milton Keynes
was about to be developed when they bought the rural property.
At first, they were a bit sort of, Oh no, we don't want to...
But then my dad really grew to love Milton Keynes.
Stadium MK is also developing as a concert venue.
Theatre is thriving, and MK Gallery is undergoing a
So, the concrete cows may be living out their
retirement at the town's museum, but the success and vitality
of the art scene here is no laughing matter.
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I'm back with headlines at 8pm and another
For more of today's stories, here's Jo Kent.
Southampton potentially 90 minutes away from a trip to Wembley as they
take on Liverpool. The mother of a man from Surrey
who was accused of trying to assassinate Donald Trump,
says she's looking forward to him 20-year-old Michael Sandford
was arrested at a Trump rally His mother Lynne has been speaking
to our reporter David Allard. This footage shows the moment
Michael Sandford tried to snatch a gun from a police officer
to shoot Donald Trump. Absolutely horrified. My heart
stopped beating and I burst into tears. I couldn't believe it. I was
our police. He is quite, loving lad. He has struggled throughout his life
with a variety of physical and mental health problems.
Though Lynne says Michael was in a better state of mind
when he travelled to the USA for a gap year.
Then, when he didn't make contact for weeks,
It has always been a worry of errors, when he goes on the
Internet, has who -- who has he been mixing with. He has been diagnosed
with having had a psychotic episode at the time.
A BBC documentary followed Lynne and Michael's father Paul,
as they attended his sentencing in the States.
Michael pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien
in possession of a firearm and disrupting government business.
The judge could clearly see that make call was clearly an misguided
lad. Clearly he deserves a second chance.
From his maximum security prison Michael is allowed one 15
And just so ashamed of what I don't and I just fuel -- waffle about it.
-- offal. -- awful. What do you think will
happen when he gets released in May? I hope he comes home to his loving
family. You will get the care he needs, meditation and support and
restart his life. And you can see the full
story in the documentary, It's available now on the BBC
iPlayer and also on BBC One Now onto sport and a big
night for Southampton. They're in Liverpool
tonight for the second leg Just tonight's match between them
and a Wembley final. Kris they're one up from the first
leg but still a lot ITN -- like 10pm tonight, the fans
will be celebrating our coming home. -- or coming home. Since of course
warmed up for the squid ministry with the- Isidore Cruise past
champions Leicester at the weekend. That leaves them in good form.
Liverpool, by contrast, lost in the year-long unbeaten home record year
against Swansea at Anfield. That was rather surprising. Contrasting form
lines for the two sides. If you want another positive statistic as well
as Southampton content, they are yet to concede a goal and this years
competition. If you keep a clean sheet tonight, they will be going to
Wembley. It is exciting times. Let's hear from both managers.
It would be a mistake to think about a final
and to dream to go to Wembley, because we have nothing,
It was only 1-0 and that's for us no difference.
If we'd been on 3-0, then we have to think about a few
things but this is only 1-0 and still everything
As far as the team news is concerned, Saints have a big
concern over newly-installed captain Virgil van Dijk,
who limped off against Leicester at the weekend.
He's undoubtedly the Saints' talisman, and would be a big miss
It's sure to be a dramatic night here on Merseyside,
if the scores are level after 90 minutes, then it's extra time.
Follow the game live with BBC Radio Solent this evening.
Brighton Hove Albion returned to the top of the Championship,
as one goal was enough to see off Cardiff at the Amex.
The Seagulls took the points thanks to Tomor Hemed's goal
Brighton back above Newcastle at the summit.
Meanwhile it was a tale of two penalties at the Madejski Stadium,
The Royals missed their spot-kick when John Swift's was saved,
but Roy Beerens tucked home the rebound.
Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi was then the late hero,
You can sense make it to Wembley? We will be back at 10:30pm with the
answer. -- Saints. Radical changes to the format
and structure of future America's Cup competitions
were announced in London today. Among the changes, the Cup,
which was first contested off the Isle of Wight in 1851,
will be staged in two year It's all designed to give
the event more mass appeal. Five teams have signed up,
but New Zealand are yet to formally Our sports editor Tony Husband
was at the press conference. New rules, new teams, more venues,
a defining moment, they are saying, The announcements were made this
afternoon here in London. Martin Whitmarch and Ben Ainslie
both in attendance. Martin, you spearheaded
the press conference, you laid out the future
of the America's Cup. Is this one of the most important
days, off the water, I can't vouch for a 166-year
history, but I think, for all the teams here,
we know it's an important day We have to capitalise on that
excitement we have around the sport, make it bigger and better,
bring more teams, have more races, make it continuous,
more stakeholders but, As part of today's announcement,
and America's Cup every two years. We are out there in Bermuda now
getting ready for this competition. The stated goal is to
bring the cup home. Regardless of where the cup is,
now that we have this agreement, Martin has been very modest
because he has been instrumental in putting this all together,
certainly for our team that's part of our vision to build a sustainable
America's Cup for the future. Jamie Spittle, who will captain
of course the defenders, the Americans, in Bermuda
this summer called it a defining moment, a pivotal day in the oldest
trophy in international sport and of course it will be contested
in Bermuda this summer. Days of sub zero weather has led
to long stretches of the Kennet Many narrowboats are trapped
in the ice, unable to move. It's also causing problems
for the Canal and River Trust, which is trying to keep its winter
maintenance and repair Encased in ice, these boats
are going nowhere anytime soon. While the frozen layer
isn't especially thick, driving forward in these conditions
risks forcing up sheets of ice, potentially damaging to both
boats and the banks. It's also hampering efforts
by the Canal and River Trust to carry out routine repairs,
like here at Benham, While we have this in place,
boats are not allowed to move If the ice reaches a certain
thickness, and it does cause us we will create a plough wave
in front of us, of solid ice, basically, it causes
problems with moving boats. The locks are mostly Grade
II listed structures, so we have to use authentic
materials, lime water and you can't Repairing and re-mounting the lock
gate should take three weeks. This crane boat arrived on site
before the waterway froze and they're hopeful the ice
will thaw long before This is pretty
run-of-the-mill work for us. The We've de-watered the top gate
so we can actually lift one of the gates off and replaced
the anchor stone, which has failed, and while we're doing that,
we will do some brickwork repairs and also we will reline the gates
so the water will hold from the canal and it doesn't
doesn't fill the lock constantly. While the ice looks fairly
solid in places, it's deceptively thin in others
and there's a warning not to risk stepping onto the surface,
especially as temperatures are expected to rise
in the coming days. Allen Sinclair, BBC South Today,
in West Berkshire. debt is bitterly cold tomorrow.
Let's talk about your weather. Many of you have been out and about, even
in the foggy conditions. This was the scene this morning in Berkshire.
Thick fog through the morning and into the afternoon. On the parts of
Dorset saw any sunshine. Foggy conditions from those in Highcliffe
Dorset. Quick and easy picture. But, it was very tropical, tropical
weight, should I say? In Weymouth. Through the course of tonight, we
are expecting clear spells but generally it will be cloudy, they
chance of frost in places, a fair amount of cloud. Less on the way of
Falkirk -- but still a fair few patches here and there. In
attendance and cities, he'll go off at freezing order in 2-2 C in parts
of Oxfordshire. A cold start to the day tomorrow and it will fuel
bitterly cold. Be cloudy start in places. I can to get one to when
they sure as first thing and then this is those make an appearance for
coastal areas and the Isle of Wight. Temperatures reach three or four
Celsius but few are more in freezing -- more like freezing because of the
winter chill. An A/C went coming over from the near content. Europe
is bitterly cold. Through the course of tomorrow night, we expect
including skies, the chance of one or two showers, the chance of the
word snow shower but otherwise it is a it with temperatures following
below freezing in the countryside. Through the course of Freddy, mail
order appealed to slightly colder -- slightly less cold and the wind
starts changing direction, the cold air will turn to a more mailed
earful from the south-west, bringing in one an isolated showers during
the course of the day. Not amounting to too much, mainly light and
patchy. As we look to the rest of the week, we will see the best of
searching through the afternoon, what that cloud lifting northwards
and will be a bitterly cold north and south easterly wind. Patchy rain
on Friday, the chance of the order of thunderstorm on Saturday, some
great spells and we will see some sunshine on Sunday.
There'll be a news summary at 8pm and we'll be back at 10.30pm.