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In tonight's programme: A double whammy for the Isle of Wight -
hundreds of operations are cancelled at St Mary's Hospital and some
patients are sent to an independent unit to clear the backlog.
Here at Saint Mary 's they have cancelled all day surgery at the
last three weeks because they are so busy and running out of bed.
Meanwhile, the island's two leading councillors step down -
they say they won't act as agents of austerity.
In a sense we are just dying a slow death here on the Isle of Wight and
short of government intervention I fear that is the course we are.
Also tonight: Powered by cow waste - Reading's methane-fuelled
And riding high, the Dorset biker celebrating a British first
I'm really drained, physically and emotionally but I'm so happy and it
is a dream come true for me. Almost all routine surgery
on the Isle of Wight has been cancelled since before Christmas
because emergency patients BBC South has learned that more
than 260 operations have been Some patients have had to be sent to
Southampton to get their treatment done on time.
With a rapidly ageing population putting increasing
pressure on social care, and major cuts in NHS budgets ahead,
the system is facing huge challenges over the next few years.Our
Health Correspondent David Fenton is at St Mary's Hospital tonight.
David, just how bad are things there?
I'm going to start with some good news, today for the first time in
three weeks they have been able to do some day surgery because they
have been cancelling pretty much everything, including some cancer
cases since before Christmas and the problem is the beds are full of
emergency patients. 267 cancelled operations, they won't catch up on
them so they are now sending some patients to an independent treatment
centre run by a private company for the NHS at no extra cost. It cost
exactly the same as the NHS, on exactly the same contract and
payment method so patients can choose to come to us were rather
than waiting. We cancel very few operations.
The problem here at St Mary's Hospital is that it is not so much
treating the patients, it is finding somewhere to put them.
This hospital is full and there are 31 emergency cases on their way in.
It's been really busy here. From Christmas Day onwards, it's been
busier than I think many of us have remembered it. Over time with got
better at dealing with surges in capacity, and in spite of that we've
had very large numbers of patients into the hospital and really
struggled to get patients out as well. Many patients are elderly,
this man has a heart condition and lives on his own but he stopped
taking his medication. I'm not a charity person, I never have been.
It's easy to say you are taking them when you're not. Age UK found him at
home with no heat, light, no food and no money. It is not uncommon to
hear similar stories to this, people without food and light. We saw one
gentleman home alone, with no money on his mobile phone and not able to
top it up. If we hadn't seen him, we don't think it would be here. Where
previously would have done more low-level support, shopping and
befriending, we are really now going out and keeping people fired and
warmth and making sure they can get through day to day. The older we
get, the more we cost the NHS. The average 20-year-old costs the NHS
about ?900 per year, for someone in the mid-50s that's doubled to almost
?2000 per year and by the time we reach 85 it has risen to nearly
?8,000 per year. It all adds up to a financial time bomb for the NHS,
that now needs to save ?2.2 billion in the south. We will see GP
surgeries closing because there's a lot of them, they cost a lot to run
and many are running out of money. We will see hospitals closing, and
A merging. None of which would be popular, but neither would the
alternative - and NHS that runs out of money.
You mention in your film they have got to save at least ?2 billion in
the south, how will they do that? They are already working on plans to
manage that over the next three years but let me give you some
figures to show you the scale of what's ahead. Hampshire and the Isle
of Wight needs to save ?577 million, Sussex and Surrey, 653 million, and
Dorset ?229 million of savings but that is in the future. The crisis
now for this hospital and many others is how to deal with this
surge of patients they are seeing, emergency patients, but also how to
get them out of the hospital that don't need to be there but cannot go
because there isn't the proper social care. David, thanks very
much. And you can see more on the crisis
in Isle of Wight Care on Inside Out The crisis in healthcare is just one
of many battles being fought The Leader and Deputy Leader
of the Isle of Wight Council stepped down today in what they say
is a coordinated effort to highlight the island's
struggle with austerity. In a statement, Jonathan Bacon
and Steve Stubbings said party politics and ego were being put
before the concerns of islanders. Our political editor
Peter Henley's with me now. They say they were frustrated
with government cuts and growing demand but also frustration
that they were trying to do politics in a different way and found
they couldn't get central The independents took control
from the Conservatives Quite a sweep, winning
20 seats in one go. They were promising to put
people before politics. Now they're saying politics has
beaten them, and with four months left before the elections,
half the Cabinet have handed back their jobs suggesting
someone else take over. It would only be someone wedded to
the Government's austerity agenda that could, I presume, with any real
dignity or honesty carry through these policies and for me is not
possible. I don't believe in them and I think people are being really
damaged by what's going on and a lot of those people are people I really
care about. They accept they may be
accused of being cowards. In fact the Conservative group also
says they've failed in their duty, and Labour called it an abdication
of responsibility, but they say it would be dishonest to keep taking
decisions they don't believe in. They are also pressing central
government to give more powers to a locally elected mayor, what's
happening there? It was part of the plan to take more local control.
I do believe the Government are still focused on locally elected
mayors, and they have a right to talk about the investment we need.
So does it look like the island won't be part of this?
We will know on Wednesday who is taking charge at a new meeting and
the Portsmouth and Southampton leaders have booked a place on the
ferry to see who it is. Thanks very much.
The family of a man killed by a van driver who'd been using his phone
to send a text message say they're outraged he's been allowed
to appeal against his nine-year prison sentence.
Lee Martin was cycling on the A31 near Bentley in August 2015
when he was hit by a van travelling at 60 miles an hour.
Christopher Gard was sentenced to nine years for causing death
He'd already been convicted of using his phone eight times
at the wheel, but magistrates had allowed him to keep his licence six
weeks earlier after he said his livelihood depended on it.
He's taken my brother 's life, he's robbed us of Lee Martin and he is
replaceable and this bloke is now trying to weasel his way out of it.
I want there to be justice for my brother and also, you know, what
kind of signal does it send out if the sentences reduced?
An inquest has heard no-one will be prosecuted over the death
of a soldier from West Sussex in a "friendly fire" incident
Lance-Corporal James Brynin from Shoreham died during an operation
in Helmand Province after being shot by a colleague.
The inquest was adjourned last year amid concerns his death may
Once Corporal James brining was carrying out work in Central Helmand
on October 2013, 22 years old when he died. An inquest opened in March
last year attended by his parents. It heard evidence from Lance
Corporal Kelly, who said he'd mistaken James foreign insurgents
and described how he'd come under fire and believed he saw an
insurgent close by. He fired four or five rounds in quick succession,
four minutes later he said that when I heard a man down screaming in my
ear. In court he accepted he had shot James. After six days the
inquest was halted amid concerns there may have been a homicide
defence. At the start of today's proceedings, the coroner told the
court that the service prosecuting authority had held an internal
review, together with evidence from the first six days of the inquest.
It decided there was insufficient evidence of a homicide, therefore
the coroner 's inquest but now resume. James' family were told that
decision last November. The court heard evidence the shooting has had
a profound effect on Mark Kelly, who had broken down in tears in an
interview with the Household Cavalry. He said to have learned
from his mistakes and will be considered for future deployments.
The inquest hearing will continue tomorrow.
A girl who was born with brain damage at Poole Hospital nine years
ago has been awarded more than seven ?7 million compensation.
The child suffered near total oxygen starvation in the later stages
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has admitted being fully
liable for the injuries, which left her physically disabled.
It's apologised and agreed to pay her a lump sum,
plus annual payments to cover the cost of her care.
Stay with us for the weather forecast with Alexis.
After a soggy start of the week, the forecast is mainly settled. Sunny
spells at time, a cold spell and mainly dry.
A high-tech airborne radar system that'll be the eyes and ears
of the Navy's new Portsmouth based aircraft carriers has finally got
The way decisions about the Crowsnest radar have been made
has come in for criticism from the National Audit Office.
But today in Portsmouth the government announced
the ?269 million project is going ahead, helping to secure
The Royal Navy's big new aircraft carriers will need plenty of
protection. With radar equipment on board and in the sky providing early
warning of incoming threats. Now the Ministry of Defence is going ahead
with the project to fit the latest Crowsnest radar system to Merlin
helicopters like these. Looks over the horizon, looks out
long-distance, looks high and back covers the gaps. It's a big
contract, ?269 million. The Government had faced strong
criticism over delays to the project, but today on board HMS
dragon in Portsmouth, the message from the minister was positive.
Obviously really important to get these things right and it's a really
good news announcement today. It's going to sustain almost 200 jobs
here in the South. But you would accept that if ministers had got to
move on in terms of the positive decision-making, we could have been
here a lot earlier? Innovation is really important and we do sometimes
have to make adjustments during the procurement process to make sure we
have the right cutting edge capability. The Navy is confident
the new system will be up and running, and with crews trained by
the time the first the aircraft carrier becomes operational in 2020.
We accelerated the programme to meet those dates. At the moment we are
looking slightly ahead of the carrier requirements so it's looking
good. The contract is a boost for industry. It will secure 80 posts in
Crawley and another 60 here in have and where they are using the latest
technology to make the new system is easy to use as possible. -- in
Havant. Altogether 30 of the Navy's Merlin helicopters will be modified
to carry the new Crowsnest radar. The money's good and
the hours reasonable. Southern Railway, which is enduring
months of strikes, has launched It comes amid a new row
about whether the drivers' union has changed its attitude to what's
called Driver Only Operation. Our Transport Correspondent
Paul Clifton is here. Well, Sally, let's
see what's on offer. Govia Thameslink Railway,
Southern's parent company, wants maintain a constant pool
of 200 drivers in training. That's for a four-day
week, doing 35 hours. And most drivers work a fifth day
as voluntary overtime, Most train operators
rely on that overtime. Drivers earn more, and companies can
employ fewer people, But an overtime ban by the drivers'
union is biting hard on Southern. Even on days with no strike,
like today, it means around one Now, let me remind you of
something the drivers' Our view is that in the increasingly
longer trains in particular, we've got 1100 people, and nobody on the
train to serve the critical role to say it is unsafe.
Rail magazine has uncovered a letter, signed by Mick Whelan,
in which he agrees to run precisely that sort of train.
Aslef agrees to drive and operate 12 car DOO trains, it says.
The newest, longest trains, carrying the most people,
of the type used on Southern and Gatwick Express.
Aslef says it has opposed driver-only operation for 15 years.
Yet six years ago, here it is signing up to more of it,
The union says it was honouring an extension
But clearly here it was accepting drivers should do what it now calls
a fundamentally unsafe way of working.
Plans to build the Reading section of a new cross-Berkshire cycle route
The route will eventually stretch from Newbury to Ascot.
The first section along Bath Road will cost 450 thousand
pounds and should join up existing cycle lanes.
But some campaigners say it's been a long time coming and parts
Having one big route will hopefully join all those cycle lanes into a
cycle network and that's what cyclists really need because you're
not just travelling down one road from most journeys, you're going to
be travelling halfway across town and you need a route that will take
you some distance. A brand new fleet of environmentally
friendly buses are due to start running on the streets
of Reading this week. Reading Buses have bought five
of them at a cost of a quarter As well as having free 4G wifi,
they've also got mobile But the new EURO 4 buses aren't
fuelled by petrol or diesel Edward Sault has
been to take a look. The regal welcome for Redding's new
royal bosses but this one is slightly different, and Daisy the
cow might be a bit of a giveaway as to why. This is the world's first
gas double-decker bus, powered by a sustainable form of the gas fuel,
and the source comes from cow waste, their bedding, food stock and other
waste products as well. And that was a pivotal reason why the bus company
decided to buy five of these at a quarter of ?1 million each. We have
some of the poorest air quality in the South in parts of the borough.
More people come into Redding every day by bus and therefore it is
important that Redding buses was in the forefront of using the greenest
and cleanest ones available. It also has some devices you may have not
seen in the past such as free 4G Wi-Fi and coat hooks. It's also got
a mobile phone charger, you simply take it out of its case, plug it
into your phone and leave it to charge whilst you are on the go.
It's got some great things on there and it's exciting that it is
environmentally friendly and will be extended to other routes. We have
got to do something useful with cow waste. These buses will be serving
route 33, turning the spotlight onto a Greenaway of travelling.
Straight on to sport and Tony husband is here. I got a lot of
tweets over the weekend saying to look out for Sam Sunderland.
Sam Sunderland broke his ankles, knees and pelvis in a motorbike
11 years later his determination to reach the top has been rewarded.
He's become the first Briton to win the Dakar rally in any category
Formerly known as the Paris Dakar rally, this staging
was held in South America and ran through Paraguay.
Sunderland, from Poole, but now mainly based in Dubai had
led for his team KTM since stage five of 12.
It was an emotional moment as he crossed the line.
It feels incredible. I'm lost for words. In the last couple of
moments, the emotion started to kick in, and it was just a bit
overwhelming. It's amazing. I've had an incredible week, and really thank
some stages cancelled due to the been a really hard rally,
and I'm really drained, physically weather, it was still
and emotionally but I'm so happy and and emotionally but I'm so happy and
it is a dream come true for me. Loads of people across Hampshire and
Dorset very proud of him, congratulations.
Alex Thomson has set yet another record in the Vendee Globe single
The Gosport sailor covered more than 600 miles in 24 hours faster
than has ever been done before, as he continues to try and catch
Thomson's damaged bat Hugo Boss has closed the gap tonight
on Banque Populaire to 85 miles, and they're about to turn due east
Thomson is attempting to become the first Briton ever to win
the race known as the Everest of the seas, a two and half
month challenge against the prevailing winds and tides.
Earlier today we had this update as he attempts to catch pre-race
It's about trying to get as close to our man as possible and I'm
struggling a little bit at the moment, not catching him as much as
I would like. I'm struggling a little bit with the steering. I have
some play in the steering system which basically means when I get to
high speeds, the boat becomes a little bit uncontrollable. So I've
had a few very near accidental jibes. It is still all to play for.
We will have to see what happens but one thing you can count on, I'm
going to fight until the end. We are with you, Alex, all the way until
the end. Southampton football manager
Claude Puel described his side's loss at Burnley this
weekend as incredible. Southampton failed to take a string
of chances and paid the price when Joey Barton's free kick beat
Fraser Forster 12 minutes from time. It was Southampton's fourth
consecutive Premier League defeat and they're down to 13th
in the table. Here's the key headlines from
the rest of the weekend's football. 19 months after signing, Tyrone
Minks made his first start for Bournemouth but it was a day to
forget. It started well enough, Ryan Fraser going over in the box in the
first minute, Stanislas converting from the spot. Eddie Howe criticised
for his team selection in the FA Cup, he now says there's everything
to for. The unfortunate Mings deflected in Hull's third.
Right and suffered their first defeat since September and the
manager held his hands up. They are down to second now in the
championships. It was the chaplain show at Fratton
Park. They got three points despite chaplain missing this first half
penalty. He would soon make amends bow, lurking at the far post to turn
in Carl Baker's deflected effort. The goal of the game not, Gavin
Massey picks his spot into the far corner. But chaplain got the winner
and Portsmouth are fourth in the league to table.
Finally from me, congratulations to Britain's oldest living Olympian
who's celebrating his 100th birthday today.
This is Bill Lucas, from Cowfold in West Sussex.
He's in the striped top, running in the 5,000 metres
He didn't make the final though, which he blames
That's because he'd been due to run in 1940 and '44,
but the Games were cancelled and he was called up to the RAF.
He said the key to a long life is a whiskey every evening. We have the
weather for the week ahead. Yes, a little bit cold at times through the
course of the week with perhaps a little bit of frost.
Sue Cheney captured the grey conditions whilst walking her dog
Ralph on Gurnard Beach on the Isle of Wight.
Lynne Harvey took this picture of a squirrel
And Chris Proudfoot took this picture of the low tide
Quite a grey day with outbreaks of rain at times but the weather ahead
is on improving picture. It should be mainly dry through most of this
week with temperatures struggling on Sundays. High pressure remains in
charge of the weather, it should be mainly dry. The possibility of some
frost overnight tonight and also on Wednesday morning. We may have a
frost first thing tomorrow, milder temperatures for western parts and
we are looking at loads of freezing. A cloudy start to western areas
tomorrow but the cloud will start to be nibbled away by the sunshine.
Sunny spells making an appearance, more cloud through the latter part
of the afternoon. Otherwise it is going to be a lovely, sunny day with
temperatures reaching as high as seven Celsius so in some parts it
will feel chilly. More so overnight and under the clear skies the
temperatures will plunge to minus forced Celsius in the countryside.
Light winds to start Wednesday, and there will be a frost. In some
places only reaching a high temperature of four Celsius. More
cloud in general on Thursday, we will have this weather front across
the country. High pressure still dominating the weather through much
of the week. Thursday, temperatures will reach around seven Celsius, and
a similar scenario also on Friday. We are expecting a good deal of
cloud but Thursday and Friday should be mainly dry. Where the cloud is
thickest we should have the odd spot of drizzle. Temperatures on Friday
reaching age Celsius, so more mild than tomorrow and Wednesday. High
pressure remains in charge of our weather, it should stay mainly dry
at the weekend, staying generally cloudy.
Looking at the weather, Alex Thompson the Gosport sailor is doing
something like 30 knots, we should look at the weather forecast for him
to see what will happen. And we heard him talking there, dramatic
stuff and the whole interview is on our Facebook page. That's it from
us, more tomorrow. Good night.