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The Government's being urged to review how much funding
it's giving Oxfordshire's GPs, amid fears of an "imminent crisis".
Health bosses in the county applied for ?50 million
of extra funding - but only received ?2 million from NHS England.
The Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee
for Oxfordshire has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
warning that several practices have already had to close.
But what if GPs weren't here to see us at all?
Fears for the future of general practice have been raised
And doctors in Oxfordshire say the situation is serious.
You've got a drop in GP funding, now at its lowest level for ten years.
Now under 8% of the NHS budget. When you think that general practice
deals with 90% of NHS contacts each day, that seems a bit ru m. It is a
perfect storm and the general practice and the NHS is really
struggling. Oxfordshire's Health Overview
and Scrutiny Committee has now written to the Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt. It says it has grave concerns
about the sustainability of general practice
across the county. It points out that
Oxfordshire health bosses were granted just ?2 million
of the ?50 million they asked for And it says some GP practices have
already had to close, risking a "detrimental impact
on access to essential care". One of those closures
is here at Deer Park in Witney. Patients say it is a huge loss for
the area. My husband had cancer, my daughter had cancer, they are both
in remission. The doctors here save their lives. If we had been in
Witney, no disrespect to the doctors there, we would have waited five or
six weeks to see them. We wouldn't have got the diagnosis so quickly.
Doctors say they're worried the Government isn't listening
Unless government wakes up to the reality of general practice, I
really do fear for its continued existence. And of course, if general
practice fails, the NHS in its entirety fails.
The Department of Health says it's invested ?2.4 billion
into the sector to improve care, and is doing more to attract GPs
into the profession, including agreeing a pay rise
and bringing in flexible working schemes.
?20,000 worth of aid has left Oxfam's warehouse
in Bicester this afternoon destined for Somalia.
Nearly three million people are facing a severe food shortage
The charity says that many are reporting the crisis
is far worse than the one in 2011 in which 250,000 people died.
The shipment from Oxfordshire includes 1.5 tonnes
A community application to reopen a swimming pool
Swimmers who used the Arthur Hill Memorial Baths submitted
a business plan for the site, which closed in December.
They had hoped to use new Community Right To Challenge powers
But the Borough Council said the bid failed to demonstrate
that the proposed financial model was viable.
Work's starting on a new ?20 million multi-storey car park
It will increase the number of spaces at Foxhall Road
The first phase of building work will start this month
The work, which includes a covered walkway to the station,
A foodbank in Aylesbury says demand has gone up by around 50 percent
It's fed nearly 750 people in that time.
Each box provides three days' worth of food for people in crisis.
Adina Campbell has been to visit the warehouse where the food
A new delivery for these volunteers to unload.
Three days a week, they come here to this warehouse in Aylesbury,
to sort and package up food boxes for those in need.
You only need something to go wrong, like you need a car to work, the car
breaks down... You have enough money for food or to prepare the car. We
would then give them the food for that week to get them over the
emergency. There are a handful of food banks
in the Aylesbury area. But this is the only one supported
by the Trussell Trust, a national network helping people
below the poverty line. I'm actually homeless, living in a
toilet a sickly at the moment. I used to work at the hospital. --
basically at the moment. On the dole, not having a job, being
homeless... Without the food banks, do you think you would go hungry? O
God, yeah, definitely. Without a doubt.
The Aylesbury Foodbank opened exactly one year ago and says
demand has doubled during that period.
It's fed more than 500 adults and 200 children.
As you can see, this warehouse is jam-packed and all the supplies have
been divided up to ensure the sorting process is as quick and easy
as possible. At the moment, there are more than four times of food,
enough to supply 200 families for three days.
There are a number of check points across Aylesbury where boxes
are dropped off and collected, like this church.
But there is some paperwork involved.
People have to get a voucher from citizens advice or the police, job
centre, a similar organisation, and bring it along to somebody like more
plus to redeem it for boxes with food.
Back at the warehouse, it's a meticulous operation,
Each box is enough to feed a single person or family
When you see large families and you are providing multiple boxes for a
weeks' worth of food, it can be quite alarming, when you are packing
so little into a box but it crucial for them.
Transporting boxes using personal cars will soon be
A recent donation means the foodbank now has enough money
Making deliveries more efficient and a greater number of people aware
More children than ever before are on the waiting list to join
Almost 1,000 children want to get involved,
The Scout Association says that's because there's
It says people who want to be involved don't
You can do as much or as little as you like. For me, I probably do
scouting every week am but there are other roles, casual helpers, you
don't even have to commit to once a month. Just for a normal camp. It
doesn't have to be every week. They're the flying visitors
that no-one wants. English Heritage says the number
of clothes moths has doubled in the past five years,
and stately homes like Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire
are particularly at risk. Waddesdon Manor is a
magnet for tourists, but not all of the visitors
here are welcome. Left
to their own devices, Houses like this are full of
textiles of the kind that clothes moths really love. Curtains at the
windows, wonderful carpets on the floor. In some rooms, we have
tapestries, felt on billiard tables. They absolutely love felt. All sorts
of things that are very tempting to them.
Clothes moths are not only a problem in stately homes.
They've probably get their eye on your property too.
English Heritage is researching the spread of the insects.
The charity's giving out free traps, and wants people to tell them
Clothes moths like warm temperatures and over the last few years we have
seen an increase in the general temperature, so there is a thought
that that is helping them. We are starting to put central heating on
more. If it is much warmer through the year, instead of having one
life-cycle, you can get up to three, so far more moths than there used to
be. Even the exhibits at
Oxford's Natural History Clothes moths have attacked the fur
of this fox but staff here say You need to make them as
uncomfortable as possible, removing their food sources, give your house
a deep clean behind all of the cupboards, under the beds, vacuum
the places you don't usually touch. If you want to preserve your jumpers
and special items at home, I would suggest you put everything in a bag
and put it in the freezer. Regular vacuuming is doing the trick
at Waddesdon but the bad news is that a new species
of the insect, called the Pale Backed Clothes Moth,
is now on the scene. Before we hand you over to Jo Kent
for the rest of South Today, here's the story of a tiny kitten,
a hotel and dramatic rescue. Tatty had become trapped in the wall
of cottage at the Swan Hotel Staff smashed down part
of the wall to rescue her. They say it's a mystery
how she got there. Tatty is thought to be
two to three weeks old and is being cared for at
the Blue Cross in Buford. Look at that face! I don't think she
will have any trouble finding a home. I will be back at 10:30pm.
Here is Jo. Still to come on South Today,
Alexis is out enjoying the sunshine. It has been a glorious sunny day
today but will it be like this for the Easter weekend? Find out very
shortly. It's a battle as bitter as anything
fought by the rabbits The controversial scheme to build
on the landscape which inspired Watership Down has turned
a new chapter. The development, near Newbury,
originally one of the biggest plans in West Berkshire history,
will go ahead but with far fewer By all expectations,
this should now be one of the biggest developments
in Newbury's history. But there's not a digger, a brickie,
even a surveyor insight. But there's not a digger, a brickie,
even a surveyor in sight. This development was meant to meet
much of West Berkshire's housing need for years to come
when it was given the But as you can see,
on the surface at least, Always a controversial scheme,
campaigners who have rallied to protect the real-life setting
for Watership Down say what's happened here,
or rather what hasn't, I didn't want this to go ahead
in the first place but once planning permission has been given,
it's outrageous that these developers and these landowners can
sit for five years on this land The falling-out between
the developers means one now plans to build around two thirds
of the homes they first proposed. Even that's led the council to raise
concerns about congestion. The developers say they're working
to address those worries. But across town, here
near the headquarters of Vodafone, the delays have allowed developers
to overturn the council's rejection of their plans for homes on land
originally passed over in favour The developers have got
the council over a barrel. They can sit and wait until
the council concedes to their way... I think people will always
say "I told you so". People will always say we didn't
listen, and yet we did. I think we took everything
into account when we were doing our local plan and we delivered
a sound local plan. It seems certain these fields
will be developed one day, but when, that's one question no-one can
answer with confidence just yet. An investigation has been launched
into the death of a man held at an immigration removal
centre in Dorset. The 43-year-old man,
who has not been identified, died at The Verne,
in Portland, on Sunday. His death comes weeks after concerns
were raised about the effects of detention on the 500 immigrants
being held at the establishment. Firefighters are tonight tackling
a heathland and gorse fire covering three hectares
of Yateley Common in Hampshire. Hampshire Fire Rescue say they've
sent three engines and a landrover from Rushmoor and Yateley
to the fire. It's the second time the area has
been ablaze in less than a week. It was a violent encounter
which lasted seconds. And now a jury will decide
whether a young student is guilty of manslaughter after killing a man
with just one punch. Ryan Cooper hit fellow Isle of Wight
resident Gary Stacey after a night But he claims it was in self-defence
after he was accosted The prosecution say
it was an unprovoked attack. Ben Moore reports form
Winchester Crown Court. Mr justice will be listed the events
that led to tragedy in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
A tragedy that centres around two people from the Isle of Wight,
20-year-old Ryan Cooper and 49-year-old Gary Stacey. Ryan Cooper
was a law student at Southampton University out with friends after
returning to Newport at the weekend. He was rejected from the pub at
around 2:30am. Gary Stacey had also been there. But it was on the street
just before 4am when the two met. The court was reminded how Ryan
Cooper and other witnesses maintained Gary Stacey had
threatened to knock him out after confusing him with a different group
of people. What is captured on CCTV and not in dispute is that Ryan
Cooper punched Mr Stacey. The defence say Ryan Cooper was acting
in self defence, trying to ward off a fight. The prosecution says this
is a cover-up and lies, after Gary Stacey died after falling to the
pavement and receiving a blow to the head and a bleed to the brain.
Friends and parents described him as distraught as he handed -- dialled
999 before handing himself in. But after three weeks of evidence, it is
up to the jury to decide what happens.
A community campaign to save a 105-year-old swimming pool
The Arthur Hill Memorial Baths, in Reading, were closed in December
after the Borough Council said it would cost ?700,000 to fully repair.
Campaigners raised ?10,000 to start up a community interest
But last night the council said the plan was not financially viable.
The council will instead invest in new facilities
Regrettably, the council decided they didn't want to work with the
local community to open a local service. I don't feel we need to
pack up and go home. There is a need for undertaking leisure and sports
activity here, so we are looking to organise some local fitness and
sports events at some period on a kind of pop-up basis.
Not totally defeated there! We are talking sporting events and fitness
clubs! Absolutely. Should be a really big Easter
weekend. Could be very good for Brighton. Wolverhampton Wanderers on
Friday. Possible promotion coming up! Very exciting! And Portsmouth
fans, after such a tough time. Promotion is coming, it is just a
question of when. But they will be backed by a full house on Friday and
then a travelling army of 4000 at Notts County on Monday. They could
secure promotion over Easter weekend. 18,000 sell-out for that
match. Promotion could come on Monday in the East Midlands at
Meadow Lane. Results permitting, of course, but we will keep right
across it as we go into the weekend. We stay with Portsmouth to feature
the only World Cup winner for England since 1966.
Jill Ellis led the United States to women's World Cup glory in 2015.
But Jill's life began in Hampshire as the daughter of a Naval officer.
A family move to the US would change her life,
She's been talking to us from her base stateside.
It really is now the global game for women. The level of play has changed
dramatically. The athleticism, technique, coaching, attacks.
Everything is changing so much, advancing. It's now got a world fan
base. The journey for Jo Ellis started in the Hampshire village of
cow plane. She lived here till she was 15 and football was always in
the family. The memories of those early years and the influence of her
football-loving father, John, a Royal Marines Commando, live on.
There was a place called Pitt street in Pompey and my dad used to take us
there, my brother and me. When the men's game was going on we would go
over and usually end up in a fight! Those were my first memories of
going to watch the games. Afterwards my dad would take us into the
clubhouse and I remember getting a bag of chips and a soda. This is
what remains of her field of dreams. The old venue is a retail park in
Portsmouth. The family upped sticks in 1980 and went to Virginia, where
her dad started a soccer school. She may have become an international
manager but such a big job wasn't always the plan. I went to college
to play some football and obviously get an education. I never wanted to
be a coach. I went on a different tangent and worked in the business
world for a couple of years as a technical writer. Got a call to go
and do an assistant job at a college and university and I said, guessed,
and I took a job and a leap of faith. It's obviously spiralled
since there in terms of what I've been able to do. Jill, who was born
in 1966, led the US to a World Cup victory and the rear Olympics, and
with the women's game growing around the world, competition has become
that much harder. -- the Rio Olympics. Does that mean more
challenges for the team? Of course. The girl with the can-do attitude.
Good story. And I love the way she's retained some of that Hampshire. She
talks about. But a bit of American, chips and soda. She means crisps and
a drink! Never forgotten her roots. That's
brilliant. It's been another lovely day today.
Let's take a look at some of your pictures first. This is a lunar
halo. And this is in Dorset. That's the
rapeseed from the air near Basingstoke. Thank you for your
pictures. We are going to get the weather now.
We sent Alexis out this evening. She's that Mayflower Park. Making
the most of it because I understand it's going to get a bit cloudier?
That's right, a bit cloudier over the next few days, but today was
lovely, with a high of 16. Elsewhere in land highs of 15. This is the
satellite picture from earlier on. We are looking at increasing cloud
the most of us overnight, especially during the second part, and that's
that swathe of cloud moving eastwards from the Atlantic. The
westerly breeze is becoming quite brisk through this evening and will
stay so overnight tonight. Temperatures will fall away to
around 6-7 degrees in urban areas but possibly down to four or five in
the countryside, so a fair amount of cloud by dawn, and a lot cloudier
tomorrow than today. Through the morning, temperatures that eight or
nine with some brighter spells, but a good deal of cloud. Through the
afternoon, with the thickening cloud, we could have the odd spot of
rain, being more likely the further north you are. Up in Berkshire, for
example. Temperatures reaching 12 or 13 Celsius. Tomorrow night, the
cloud starts to melt away and the rain eases through the hours of
Thursday morning, so turning chilly in the countryside to start
Thursday. Temperatures could drop to as low as four or five, but more
like six or seven in urban areas. Temperatures around 11-13 each day
but there will be some brighter spells and a good deal of dry
weather as well. Friday and Saturday possibly the odds of that --
scattered showers. On Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, mainly dry with a
good deal of cloud, but some brighter spells. Back to the studio.
There are some areas synonymous with the beautiful cars they produce.
BMW in Bavaria, Ferrari in Maranello, Ford in Detroit.
Tucked away in a Hampshire farm is a project to create a racing car
to quicken the pulse of car enthusiasts the world over.
BBC South's own petrol-head, transport correspondent
Paul Clifton, couldn't resist taking a ride.
Take a look at Britain's newest car from a brand-new manufacturer. The
Elemental is light, fast and fun. It's also quite expensive. What does
?100,000 by you? Well, it doesn't buy a roof! It doesn't buy doors!
And on this car, it doesn't buy a windscreen either. The seats are
made of carbon fibre and there's no padding. It's quite awkward to get
yourself in! Because you end up with your feet level with your waist,
just like you do in a Formula 1 car. But what it does have is
performance. 0-60 in well under three seconds. 0-100 in under six
seconds. This is essentially a road-legal racing car. The car
weighs next to nothing. It is all about aerodynamic downforce. At a
small industrial unit hidden away on a Hampshire farm, the next car is
nearly ready. 75% of this vehicle comes from within 15 miles of this
factory. We've got a lot of very small, very advanced manufacturing
capability in this area. There are eight staff and half of them used to
work for the McLaren Formula 1 team. It's got racing technology and ideas
in it but is still designed to drive on the road. Obviously if you go to
track and you haven't got a speed limit, you can really start pushing
the car, and is capable of doing things most cars cannot do outside
of dedicated racing machines. To reach the luggage space, you have to
open the engine cover. You probably wouldn't take this car to the
supermarket! Somebody who buys this could equally buy a Ferrari, a
Porsche, a McLaren, a Lamborghini. Why would they buy yours? They could
buy those cars but this is the only road-going car in the world with
anything like the levels of downforce you can generate with this
car. The aerodynamics are straight out of Formula 1 prototype arena.
We're never going to be a Lotus or an Aston Martin, selling 100 --
hundreds of thousands of cars. That's not our ambition. We are
looking at opening up into the American, European and worldwide
markets and ultimately selling anything from 40, 50, up to 60 cars
a year. This car really belongs on a racetrack. It is perhaps the most
bonkers car I've ever driven on the public highway! Paul Clifton, BBC
South today, Hampshire. And you can see he's loving every
minute of it! Fantastic! Finally, there's a strange
new feature that's appeared off the Sussex coast at Lancing
in the last week. A digger which was working
on a cable trench for the Rampion Offshore wind farm first
became stuck and then was swamped A recovery vessel has now
arrived with a giant crane but the construction company says it
may take weeks to A local paper asked its readers
to name the stranded digger. That's all from us this evening!
What a way to finish! Thanks for your company tonight. Goodbye.
There have never been so many people in work -
that's what the Government keeps telling us.