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In tonight's programme: it. Now on BBC One we
Patients stranded and medic`l appointments missed.
Coperforma is stripped of its contract for
We look at what's next for thousands of patients
Could these be coming to the leafy Surrey hills?
Protestors hope not, as they set up camp.
Weather it is conventional or something else it is an
inappropriate area. There is outstanding natural beauty `nd
nature which could be irrep`rably damaged.
Rising from the ashes - a temporary school opens to students
after their old classrooms burned down.
And fresh from the cow, the raw milk revolution keeping
And fresh from the cow, the raw milk revolution keeping
Delayed pick-ups, missed medical appointments and patients stranded
in hospitals unable to get home a catalogue of problems
for Coperforma who took over patient transport service in Sussex
Now it's been stripped of its duties after just seven months.
The ?62 million contract was due to last six years.
So let's look at what happened after Coperformer took over.
there were reports of hundrdds of patients being left stranded
And by the end of April, 5,000 people had signed a pdtition
calling on the NHS to end it's contract.
In May, following dozens of complaints from constitudnts
12 Sussex MPs raised their concerns about the service.
one of the companies providhng ambulances ran into
Then, in August, an NHS report found Coperforma had
failed to plan properly to take on the service.
four sub-contractors providhng patient transport said the service
They claimed they were owed millions.
Today, following growing spdculation and mounting public pressurd,
the NHS confirmed Coperform` had given up its contract.
One leading patient's group says it can't remember a failure
Patient transport services will now be provided
by the South Central Ambulance Service.
Four days a week former Armx officer Michael needs transport to hospital
for kidney dialysis but for the last seven months he has never knowing
whether or not Coperforma whll actually turn out to taken to
appointments. It is incredibly frustrating, it is annoying to have
to go in for dialysis but h`d to wait for transport which yot now
could be organised better, ht is annoying. So your thoughts on the
fact that they will no longdr have the contract? I was going to say I
am delighted, because they `re not capable of running it. In April
local health bosses awarded the contract for nonemergency albulances
to the company who have dealt with the fallout ever since.
Angry patients not collected, staff unpaid, hospitals picking up the
pieces, angry MPs, angry unhons But in the end it was the fact that
patient safety was being colpromised that was the final straw. The
service is very fragile. In addition we have received a communic`tion
from Coperforma that last performance has improved thd
contract is not economical for them. So we have agreed an exit
arrangements for them. Which begs the question, were they pushed or
did they jump? It is a combhnation of the two. We have agreed to end
the contract between us and transition the contract over to a
new provider. For the unions and MPs who have repeatedly called for
Coperforma to be stripped of the contract, this feels like
vindication. In the short tdrm the news is fantastic and myself and the
members I have spoken to already this morning are absolutely
delighted that finally what has been seen as a disastrous error hs being
corrected. The improvement has been there but this was never gohng to
work in the long term. I am just delighted that finally it h`s come
to an end and we hope that patients will get a better transport service
that they deserve. The servhce will be gradually taken over by the South
Central Ambulance Service who will take complete responsibilitx by
April next year. We are told that patients don't have to do anything
and should not notice any change in provider.
Our Health Correspondent David Fenton joins us from Coperforma s
This has been on the cards for sometime, some might evdn say it
They were overwhelmed almost from the very start. They had
difficulties with their software. Not working properly. They have
problems with some of their subcontractors. One went bust. And
they were under constant public scrutiny. All the time. The company
did say that things were getting better towards the end and they were
hitting their targets, but were they making any money? It may have been
that this contract was just not economical for them. Patients want
to know what will happen next. The contract has been taken over by
South Central ambulance who will know what is expected of thdm. But
will they want to continue with the contract? Because there will need to
be another tender and we will need to go through this all over again,
maybe in a year or so. The lain thing now is to make sure that
patients get to and from hospital, safely. We were successful last year
in winning the contract in Surrey and the neighbouring county, our
team are currently on the ground at the moment, putting in placd systems
and processes, vehicles and staff, to run the business. So we `re in
the adjacent county and there also a lot of cross-border transporting
patients between Surrey and Sussex, so we are confident that we can run
good service even though it is not in our current line-up, we will look
hard to do that. And any apology from Coperforma?
No word from them at all. I have been into the headquarters, the
lights are on but no one is home. Or if they are, they are not answering
the door to me. Potentially it houses the fhfth
largest onshore oil field in the UK and could be worth millions
of pounds - but drilling into the Surrey Hills to extract it,
is highly controversial. Campaigners concerned
about the possible environmdntal impact are pledging to do everything
possible to stop work But the company involved has sought
to reassure local people. It is a popular part of leafy Surrey
for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders looking for peace and quiet.
But now the area has become the site of a battle between the Europa oil
and gas company, and environmental campaigners. Last Friday thd
campaigners began setting up this protest camp, complete with tree
houses. Central government has completely overridden the whshes of
the people in this area, thdy have been made completely clear, it could
not be more obvious that thhs is not wanted. Today the Green party MEP
for the south-east visited the site to learn more about the campaign.
There are enough people sayhng, hang on, this is a beautiful neck of the
woods, literally, why on earth would we want to disrupt it? The south
already has a series of onshore oil wells. This site would allow the
operator access to reserves estimates that around 5 million
barrels. The site was approved by the planning Inspectorate following
a seven-year battle but there are outstanding issues including an
application for new securitx fencing around the site. It is over one
hectare of land that they are talking about fencing off. Ht will
be visible from the road, ndver in the original plans. Nobody from
Europa oil and gas was available for interview today but in a radio
interview last Friday the company stressed they will not use
controversial fracking techniques. It is a conventional explor`tion
well. Firstly identified in 198 by BP. So it predates the invention of
fracking in the UK. The oil industry says it has a good track record when
it comes to protecting the environment. In the UK, and in
particular, the area where this site exists, we have already drilled
about 250 wells. It is essentially nothing different to what wd have
done for decades now. Europd are gas and oil does need a series of final
approvals before it can start work on this site. The company is hoping
to start drilling here at some stage next year.
Overcrowded trains, cancelldd services and strikes.
It's a depressingly familiar story for passengers on Southern Railway -
caught in the middle of a long running and bitter dispute.
One Surrey commuter got so fed up - he actually moved house -
and has now won the right to sue the company for packed
It comes as the RMT union h`s been protesting outside
parliament, demanding action from the government.
Sergei, who moved back to London from Surrey after getting fdd up
with Southern rail's poor sdrvice. A judge has now given him perlission
to sue for ?500 for trains he could not get on and those that wdre
cancelled. Service is not normally covered by compensation. It could
set a precedent for more cl`ims I feel privileged and humbled that my
tiny little ?500 claim turndd into this big thing which may possibly
mean justice and some compensation for thousands of people. Outside
Parliament and the unions again pressed their case that guards are
safety critical. They say the guard should dispatch the train. The
company say the driver can do that using new CCTV. If you are getting
your members to sign a contract surely it is over and you h`ve lost
this one? It is not over, that is an irrelevance, changing the job title
does not change the safety critical role of the second person on board.
The company must come to terms with that, they cannot bribe and
intimidate us. Will you condemn the strike? I condemned the fact they
are necessary but I will not condemn the strike. It is a critical issue
of passenger safety here. Wd rail minister said the government would
not intervene in this dispute. Even though those changes are part of a
government contract that Sotthern rail is bringing in. We havd a
significant capacity challenge on the southern network. One of the
best ways to deal with the capacity challenge is new rolling stock with
more seats on it, which is what we are delivering with the new class of
700. It would be silly to compromise on passenger capacity just to
appease a trade union. Both sides remain entrenched and anothdr
48-hour strike starts on Frhday Expect more industrial action.
Later we have the forecast with Alexis and there's
Yesterday temperatures reached a high of 20 Celsius. Today, just 12.
Tomorrow could be cooler. Ddtails shortly.
Emergency services had to free a person trapped
in a car that over-turned in New Milton this afternoon.
The crash is also thought to have involved a pedestrian.
It happened just before 2 o'clock at the junction of Whitefield
Police, fire and ambulance services all attended the scene.
The German discount supermarket chain Lidl says it's created four
hundred jobs at its new reghonal distribution centre
The warehouse off the M271 hs now the company's biggest
in the UK and cost more than 50 million pounds.
The depot which opened for business today will serve communities
from Brighton to Poole and tp to Newbury in Berkshire.
It's the 10th centre of it's kind to open as the company expands.
Work to repair a huge railw`y embankment near Farnham
For three weeks, commuters on this busy route had to travel by bus
A temporary fix was put in place, but now a permanent repair will be
Here's our transport correspondent Paul Clifton.
Creeping through the morning mist. Trains from Alton have been
travelling the slowly since April. Below the tracks, giant diggers
reconstructing the hillside. Drainage channels are filled with
loose stones. Baskets of rocks have been inserted and huge steel piles
driven deep into the ground. Local housing is also protected bx the
railway, high above the valley floor. It is a big job. There is a
lot of material. A lot of m`terial we have to bring in. Last April the
embankment collapsed. Soaked with winter rain. The line to London was
closed for three weeks. Then, Alton Station stood empty. There were
buses instead. A temporary fix was put in place. When it reopened we
filmed the first train. Now the permanent solution is under way The
work will take until Christlas. At the moment we are investing ?4.
million just to rebuild the embankment. A massive step toward
returning the railway to normal Academics at the University of
Southampton believe that increasingly frequent landslips like
this one are linked to clim`te change. Warmer, drier summers, and
more intense winter rainfall, affecting thousands of clay
embankments like this across southern England.
For most students it's back to the usual old classrooms this
But for pupils at The Academy Selsey,
Their school burnt down over the summer and since then ldssons
have been held in various locations across the town.
Today they moved into what they re calling a "temporary villagd"
of portable classrooms while their school is re-buhlt.
For these year ten students and there was an impromptu first session
in the new classroom. Lesson one, how to get around what is
effectively a new school. Wd will do an assembly, from their you will go
to your classes, because yot don't know where they are yet, yot have
not had them... Business during the school summer holidays that the
Academy burned down, it is believed the fire started while contractors
were working there, 75% of the school was destroyed. For the first
of the academic year lessons were held around other buildings in the
town, including the town hall, a sports centre, and the Chichester
secondary school. Meanwhile the field was converted to a telporary
classroom village of portable buildings. From a outside they look
like portable buildings but once you get inside you are in a classroom.
Many of the rooms have air conditioning, it shows you how far
they have moved since previously. They are double glazed, fully
functional classrooms with the IT facilities you would expect, and in
the specialist rooms, science, technology, IT, they have the exact
a group students need. Over the past few days they have packed thousands
of new books. The old library was totally destroyed. The old `nd from
dreams also burned down and replaced. The school held an open
day for parents to look arotnd. I am excited we don't need to get on the
bus every day to go to another high school, but now we are here and now
the way around. It is amazing, really impressive. Can get over it,
really, how quickly they have done it. It is great. Better than the old
school. Students are expectdd to be in the temporary village for around
18 months. Tenders have gond out for the work to rebuild the old school
and it is hoped that the sttdents can move back in in the middle of
2018. And now the sport. It is not that
long ago we were talking about the Olympics. It is nice to reflect on
one of the highlights of thd summer. It is, but you wonder where all the
athletes have gone. Some ard tired and some are looking to Tokxo. What
about others? Indeed, just the Olympic build-up. The cycle takes
them through hopefully for lany of them to Tokyo, so, what do some of
them do in the meantime? A couple of them, will be, playing hockdy
abroad. Because that is the next step in the careers of many of our
gold medallist in Rio. The next step in the hockey careers
of many of our gold medallists in Rio has been to play
professionally in the Netherlands. Maddie Hinch from West Chiltington
in Sussex came up against a familiar face in this weekend's local derby
as she represented Stickster. Our reporter Charlie Rose
was there and sent us this It was the nail-biting clim`x to an
Olympic final which immortalised this women's hockey team. The
goalkeeper saving all four penalties. Ten weeks on a m`gical
moment is still sinking in. I still find it hard to put words to the
experience. It is still a blur. I cannot tell you what I was thinking
or feeling at the time, it did not feel real. Now two of the players
have swapped Copacabana beach for the cooler climes of Holland. Today
is their first local derby latch of the season. The team kick off with a
serious team talk. The man who coached her to Olympic glorx
believes that the experiencd she and other team Britain players `re
gaining in Holland will bring significant benefits. It is good for
them, good for the players on it makes a difference, having the
programme we do it keeps thdm in the UK for the bulk of the Olympic
cycle. That said, the concltsion of the first local derby match of the
season, a fantastic one for Maddie Hinch was her team winning 4-0. It
is a very young side were up against and we had a lot of experienced
heads so we just need to pl`y a simple game and hopefully the result
could take care of itself. Her team-mates as a player who failed to
get a shot past in the final in Rio. She is a fun girl. And they could do
that as well. So it is good to have her. England's are goalkeepdr, now
plying his trade in Holland, and all the while continuing to boost the
profile of women's hockey b`ck at home.
Champion jockey Jim Crowley has been released from hospital
Crowley, from Pulbrough in West Sussex, came away
from a horrific looking crash with only a broken nose.
Fellow jockey Freddy Tylitski remains in a stable condition
Hampshire cricket have annotnced that all rounder Liam Dawson has
agreed a contact extension to 2 19, he's one of the stars
Meanwhile the county have bden paying tribute to two
Vic Cannings took 834 first class wickets over ten seasons
and all after his 30th birthday in the 1950's side.
Hampshire have also announcdd the death of former chairman
of cricket Jimmy Gray, opening batsman in the county
Last month they also lost the wicketkeeper of that te`m
It's Milan week on South Today as Southampton prepares
to host Internazionale, the Italian giants from Mil`n
Big news from the Inter camp today is that
manager Frank De Boer has been sacked just 48
It follows a poor run of results in the Italian league for the 1
Youth team coach Stefano Vecchi will be in charge at
And on tomorrow night's programme we're getting in the Italian spirit.
I've been to the corner of Southampton which feels
like Milan, to try my hand `t some Italian cooking, at the restaurant
which bears the name of the city and whose manager is a fan of Inter.
Find out what came out of the pizza oven tomorrow.
Did you know that many athldtes swear by the benefits of raw milk?
Forget isotonic sports drinks and protein shakes, apparently
the benefits of unpasteurisdd milk - fresh from the cow -
are unparalled when it comes to hydration and nutrition.
It's growing appeal is also giving dairy farmers a boost.
As the price of supermarket milk has continued to drop,
farmers have been looking at ways to diversify and one farmer
in Botley in Hampshire has started selling raw milk direct
Olly Neagle hopes it will fhnally help him balance his books.
Olly Neagle can trace the pddigree of his Jerseys back to his grand
But this long line of of falily farming was at risk of coming
to an end - as the price he receives for his
Today the cost is 30p per lhtre We are getting 21, 22, at the linute,
we cannot carry on and stay in business so we have to look at
alternative ways of bringing in income to try to support thd dairy.
selling his milk fresh from his farm - cutting out the middle men.
This is raw milk - it's not pasteurised -
so it can only be sold this way - not in shops.
We can sell the milk raw direct to the public for ?1 30 a litrd, or to
pound 50 for two. That is its true worth. People are prepared to pay
the money for it and it is getting people really engaged back to where
their food is coming from. H believe it is better for you becausd it has
still got all the vitamins `nd enzymes in it and all the good
proteins and fats. I have bden drinking it since I was small. Hence
why I let my son drink it as well. I just really enjoyed it. I used to
have it when I was a child. As soon as I stopped drinking and I ended up
with pneumonia. Food regulators do warn that non-pasteurised mhlk may
contain bacteria that can c`use food poisoning. But production is tightly
regulated to ensure that farms like this comply with standards. All he
is currently selling around 80 litres of raw milk a day. Hd hopes
to increase that to 300, 400, which would give him and the next
generation of his cows a secure future.
Grahame Howard photographed the morning mist at
Here's another murky shot from this morning
of the sunshine this morning in Portchester from
Today we did have some sunnx spells and that was this morning, with
increasing cloud through thd course of the day. The cloud will stay with
us for the first part of thd night but it will clear away and there's a
chance we could have some frost in the countryside. Temperaturds in
towns and cities will fall to around three, four Celsius. But integral
areas, possibly around freezing or just above. The mist and fog tonight
will not be as extensive as it was last night, one or two pockdts here
and there. A frosty start in places. Blue sky overhead from the word go.
Barely a cloud in the sky tomorrow. It is a lovely day. It will feel
quite chilly though with temperatures reaching a high of
possibly 12 Celsius for the Isle of Wight. The breeze will remahn a
light through the course of the day. Tomorrow night, sky stays clear
temperatures falling lower than tonight,
around freezing or just below in the countryside. These are the
temperatures in our towns and cities. A chilly start. Thursday is
dry and a sunny start. Throtgh the course of the morning and the
afternoon we will see the club increase with high-pressure pulling
away and low-pressure swinghng in from the North. And this we`ther
front will bring cloud during Thursday afternoon into the evening
and overnight. A chance of patchy rain as the weather front and
south-east across the region on Thursday night. As we look `head to
the rest of the week we can expect some lovely sunny conditions
tomorrow, a high of 10 Celshus, a lovely sunny start to the d`y on
Thursday, the wind will rem`in light from the south-west, the cloud will
increase, and it will seem patchy rain in the evening and overnight.
Friday itself, we will have some rain at times, but in amongst the
showers and the rainfall we will have some sunny spells as wdll. And
the wind will start to change direction once again through the
weekend. It will take a look colder over the weekend, especiallx for
bonfire night on Saturday, hf you aren't about over the weekend it
will be chilly so wrapped up. Send us your photographs tomorrow if you
are out in the Thank you very much. That is all we
have time for. More at 8pm `nd 0:30 p.m.. Goodbye.