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Gove and Labour's Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer as well. Join me now on


BBC Two. That's Newsnight Hello and welcome to


South Today, I'm Jo Kent. Standing down to take


a stand over budget cuts - an authority loses leading


councillors who say austerity And the hospital struggling to cope,


as hundreds of operations are cancelled because its beds


are already full. And this week, mid-week


we will have a frost but towards the end of the week


it turns cloudier. It's a dramatic gesture intended


to draw attention to what they say The leader, deputy leader


and another senior member of the Isle of Wight Council have


stepped down from their posts They say party politics and ego


are being put ahead of the best But the move could have wider


repercussions and may sink plans for a devolved "super authority"


in charge of the island as well as These resignation have sent shock


waves well beyond the Isle of Wight. Jonathan Bacon, leader


of the Isle of Wight Council, They're part of the independent


group that swept to power four years ago, promising


"people before politics". But they've struggled,


particularly in the face Jonathan Bacon was blunt


in his resignation statement. He said that it seems the Government


has no wish or intent to help this island,


despite the council's asking And he's bitter about the way fellow


councillors have behaved, saying party politics and ego


are being put before the concerns Today his deputy, Steve Stubbings,


told us austerity cuts were causing It would only be someone that's


wedded to the Government's austerity agenda that could,


I presume, with any real dignity or honesty carry


through these policies, 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 Today's resignations


mean plans to create the Solent Super Authority,


where the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton come


together under one elected mayor, Though the island was an important


part, Portsmouth's leader, Donna Jones, says the two cities


could continue on their own. I do believe the Government still


want to continue with devolution. They're still focused on elected


mayors and I think the two cities here on the south coast absolutely


have a right to go and talk to the Government about the ?1


billion of investment that we need. The Isle of Wight Council meets


on Wednesday to select a new leader. There's a strong chance they won't


support a Super Authority. But whoever it is, they can


expect an early visit from the council leaders


in Southampton and Portsmouth. Meanwhile, hospital care on the Isle


of Wight is in chaos. Virtually all planned surgery has


been cancelled in recent weeks because all the beds are being used


to deal with emergency patients. 267 routine operations have been


postponed since before Christmas, and there's little sign


of the pressure easing. Here's our health


correspondent, David Fenton. Every one of its 252 beds is taken


and there are 31 emergency From Christmas Day onwards,


it's been busier than I think Over time we've got better


at dealing with surges in capacity and turning our patients round,


and in spite of that we've had very large numbers of patients


into the hospital and we've really Many patients, of


course, are elderly. Craig has a heart condition


and lives on his own but he'd The charity Age UK found him at home


without heat or light, with no food in the house


and no money. We're also seeing a lot


of homelessness, particularly We work with people aged 50


and over and that's becoming So where previously we would have


done more low-level support - shopping and befriending -


we really are now going out and keeping people fed and warm


and making sure that they can get The older we get,


the more we cost the NHS. The average 20-year-old


costs the health service For someone in their mid-50s, that's


doubled to more than ?2,000 a year. And by the time we reach 85,


it's risen to nearly ?8,000 a year. It all adds up to a financial


time bomb for the NHS, that now needs to save ?2.2 billion


in the South. Sean Stacey is Chief Operations


Officer at St Mary's Hospital, the man charged with keeping


the plates spinning. A short time ago, he told me one


reason for the current problems is the number of holiday-makers


who've been taken ill. We've opened additional capacity,


we've created more beds for patients, in areas that would not


normally be used as a ward area, such as Aaron Teys surgical unit,


and also a discharge lounge. -- our day surgical unit. That means we've


had to cancel planned procedures for here -- for people here on the


island and I'm sorry we've had to make that decision but clearly where


would be unsafe to bring somebody in would be unsafe to bring somebody in


for a planned procedure when the hospital is full of people who are


acutely very unwell. The fact that the situation has arisen, could it


be put down to a lack of money or management? I don't think it is


purely a lack of money. I do think there is a need for us to look at


how we invest funds in the future. We certainly need to strengthen


resources out in our communities. We particularly need to help and work


very closely with our colleagues in adult social care so they have the


funds and resources to help to look after and care for people when they


are feeling a bit under the weather. That will help, I think. That will


require some investment. That investment is going to be a pressure


for all of us. But I do believe that would make a difference to the


hospital services and the demands that are currently being seen to be


made on those. Thank you very much. Relatives of a man killed by a van


driver who was texting at the wheel say they're outraged he's been


allowed to appeal against his Grandfather Lee Martin


died when he was struck The driver, Christopher Gard,


had a string of previous convictions He'd had several chances


to change his ways, but Christopher Gard was again


using his phone when he ploughed into cyclist


Lee Martin and killed him. Just weeks before, he was in court


pleading that he needed to keep his In all, he'd been caught


using his phone at the wheel eight The family of Lee Martin say it's


time to end the sympathy. You had eight chances beforehand


to stop your behaviour, It's playing Russian roulette


with the whole population, really. What was going to stop him apart


from killing someone? He'd taken up cycling


to improve his health. He was on the A31 near Alton one


August morning in 2015 when Gard Police say Gard was so busy


sending a text message, he hadn't looked at the carriageway


for a full nine seconds. He only changed his plea to guilty


just before the trial started. He dragged a whole family


through the process of thinking we had to sit through a court case


and, you know, he's taken someone's life, he's taken my brother's life,


and this bloke is now trying to wheedle his way out of it,


and I want there to be justice for my brother and also,


you know, what kind of signal does it send out


if the sentence is reduced? The Martin family are now calling


for an immediate ban for anyone Christopher Gard's case


will be heard at the Court That's all from the South Today


news team this evening. We're back tomorrow with bulletins


in BBC Breakfast and there's more Through the course of this week we


are going to see a frost. A chilly start the week, turning slightly


milder from Thursday onwards and through until the weekend. High


pressure dominating through much of the week. It should be mainly dry


and there will be a frost tonight and also tomorrow morning. Through


the course of tonight, we're expecting more cloud. The further


west you are, the clearer the sky is towards the south-east, and we may


have a frosty there first thing. Quite a cloudy start for western


parts with the cloud gradually moving westwards to allow for some


lovely sunny conditions for western parts. Oxfordshire hanging on to the


cloud through the afternoon but in the sunshine temperatures will


struggle to rise, with highs of just three degrees. Along the coast,


highs of 6-7. A widespread, sharp, hard frost developing in the early


hours of Wednesday courtesy of the light wind and clear skies. In the


countryside, we could see those of -1 or minus two. High-pressure still


dominating Wednesday into Thursday with sunny spells and a bit more


cloud for northern areas, which could sink southwards through the


afternoon. High-pressure still in charge on Thursday with a fair


amount of cloud and weather front moving southwards. With that, we


could have the odd spot of rain but most places staying dry with high


pressure in charge. Through Friday, we hold onto the high pressure as


well. A similar data Thursday. Milder than recent days, with highs


of 5-8. -- a similar day is on Thursday. Over the weekend, looking


ahead, mainly dry, quite cloudy with brighter spells here and there. The


risk of the odd spot of light rain and drizzle


perhaps a little milder. If you like the mild weather, you'll have to


head elsewhere in the country. Find out more in the national weather


forecast. Our weather is going against normal expectations this


week. In Highland Scotland some snow to be seen on the hills.


Temperatures as high as 12 Celsius today. Over the next few days the


coldest air is in the far south-east of England where there is sunshine


to be had. Four or five Celsius in Kent. Differences remain over the


next few days and here is why. I pressure in control of the weather.


Some clear a continental air, but coming into Scotland from the


Atlantic plenty of clouds around. Outbreaks of rain through Scotland


and Northern Ireland overnight, patchy drizzle into parts of England


and Wales, but where you've got cloud the temperatures are holding


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