19/01/2017 Spotlight


19/01/2017

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me now on BBC Two. That's Newsnight with Emily in

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Good evening. Washington.

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A South West MP has called tonight for a radical rethink

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Sarah Wollaston, who sits on the Health Select Committee,

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said all parties should agree a new consensus in the interests

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Her remarks came during a health debate held earlier on Spotlight

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Johnny Rutherford's report features some of the key issues raised.

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Behind me are some of the key decision-makers in the South West.

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Tonight they're discussing the problems of the NHS today.

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Well, the most immediate pressure is in social care, because that has

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I think many of us feel that the government should bring

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forward something called the Better Care Fund,

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which is new money into social care to bring that forward

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There are many things that we need to do, but that

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would be the single most effective immediate measure.

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Claire is arguing passionately for community hospitals,

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Are they sustainable? Some are.

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In terms of the number of beds we need into hospitals,

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We will retain community hospital beds where they are appropriate

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But a patient, an elderly person in a hospital bed who doesn't need

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You have muscle wastage, you have exposure to infection,

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and if somebody has a confusion or a dementia, being out

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of their normal place of residence is the worst place for them to be

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Nurses are quitting the health service.

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They're going into agencies instead because the money's better,

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Cathy, how do you, as Angela says, encourage, incentivise and motivate

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staff and reward them so that they want to stay in the NHS?

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That's a very good question, and we've been doing exactly that

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We would prefer to have a good quality, sustainable,

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permanent workforce augmented for surge purposes, really,

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when we need to scale up or scale back, to be able to have

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the flexibility of agency or casual staff which is very desirable.

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Tonight's debate also calls for concern for the future

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of the NHS, and calls for patients to stand up for the services.

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You know, I really fear for the future of the NHS

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And I want to commend Sarah Wollaston, because actually

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she's done an amazing job as the Health Select

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And she stands up for the NHS as often as possible.

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But in terms of what I would say to communities, I would say, fight.

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Fight absolutely tooth and nail for the NHS

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because government ministers, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt I think

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have behaved absolutely deplorably, and I think the only language

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They're not here to speak for themselves and it seems

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almost unfair to ask you, Sarah Wollaston, to defend them.

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But you are a Conservative MP. Of course.

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But what I would say is that these challenges will be there for whoever

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And I think what's very depressing is sitting in the Commons chamber

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listening to the yahoo of debate, and what we need is for all

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political parties to come together and accept the challenge,

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just as we had to do with pensions, and actually try and come

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to a consensus about how we should fund this.

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And that funding issue remains at the centre of the debate,

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which you can continue to take part in by telling us what you think

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There'll be more on health on tomorrow's Spotlight when

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NHS managers reveal the final recommendations of their plans

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to close four cottage hospitals in South Devon.

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There have been 12 weeks of consultations over

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the plans to shut Dartmouth, Paignton, Ashburton

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A look at some of the other stories making the news

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The number of crimes recorded in Devon and Cornwall

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There were significant falls in murder and robbery,

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New types of offences such as those committed online

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50 firefighters tackled a blaze which closed a road in Dorset.

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The fire began in industrial units in Winterbourne Abbas.

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One side of the A35 was closed for nearly six hours.

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73 properties were left without electricity for several hours.

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An end to decades of frustration for motorists is in sight

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with the announcement that work on the A30 across Bodmin Moor

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The dualling of the road at Temple should end tailbacks

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Contractor Kier says the site will be cleared by July 13th.

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Swans are to be given security guards to ensure the nest are not

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disturbed and thousands of people descend on the Flora Date in May. It

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follows an incident last year when a swan made her nest and latex right

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on the edge of the road next to Coronation Lake. -- made her nest

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and lead her eggs. Increasing demand for new technology

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could breathe new life Lithium is in many of the gadgets

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we use every day and there are hopes of finding significant reserves

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here in the South West. Today the largest programme ever

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to explore beneath the surface Experts are not expecting

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a gold-rush, but given the desire for electric cars, lithium

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is the mineral everyone's interested in as our Business Correspondent,

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Neil Gallacher, explains. This is what many old Cornish mines

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are full of - water. The conventional challenge

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is how to get rid of it. It has been known for decades

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that the water in many Cornish mines Until recently, there was only

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a limited market for it. But in today's world,

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we were all reliant on portable mobile devices, if not electric

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vehicles, lithium is suddenly much A major new business

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deal has been reached. It covers many parts of Cornwall

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which probably harbour reserves of lithium.

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A new company is launching what is claimed to be the largest

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exploration programme in Cornish history.

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It plans to sink boreholes like we've seen in recent years thanks

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They hope to spend ?5 million on this and get to commercial

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That coincides with the dramatic change in growth in electric cars

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which is the main consumer of this product.

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A electric cars starting at a low base, but dramatic growth,

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particularly after 2020 and going into 2025 went

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-- when Volkswagen have said 25% of their fleet will be electric.

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Hopefully we will coincide with that, perfect timing.

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It's not far-fetched and it's certainly not something

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we would expect to see production immediately, but it's a lot

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quicker to get something like this into production

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than you would a hard rock mine where you're having

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From that point of view, it's very exciting.

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most of the mining schemes that have been announced over the last 15

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years haven't come to fruition, or not yet.

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Here there is a double layer of uncertainty.

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Not only do they need to persuade investors there's enough lithium

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below the granite in Cornwall, they also have to persuade them

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there's cost-effective way of getting it out of of the water.

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The Government is being urged to do more to tackle environmental

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The Conservative MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann,

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told the Commons today that councils in the county needed more

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Camelford in North Cornwall suffers from very high levels of pollution

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because of the A39 running straight through the town centre.

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Would my honourable friend congratulate the work being carried

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out by Camelford town council to address the air quality,

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and will she work with them and myself to tackle the problem?

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Environment Minister Therese Coffey promised to do all she could.

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The national government has its part to play,

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and so does local government in finding solutions to tackle

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local congestion issues and other elements of it.

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Of course, we will continue to work with my honourable

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It was ten years ago that it happened, and it's an occasion

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The container ship The MSC Napoli was beached at Branscombe in Devon.

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It prompted incredible scenes when people helped themselves

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to the cargo from her containers as it washed ashore.

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Spotlight's environment correspondent, Adrian Campbell,

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will be reporting on the event on tomorrow's programme at 18:30.

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Well, it's been a beautiful day in many parts of the region today

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But will it stay that way over the next few days?

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We've had some glorious sunshine today pretty much

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It has been cold, though, and there's more of it to come.

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Frost overnight tonight and at first tomorrow morning.

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But also another day when the temperatures are pretty low.

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We have the same setup - high-pressure, that doesn't change

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But some changes as we head into the weekend.

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The really unsettled weather isn't close to us at the moment.

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It's across parts of the east and south of Spain, where there's

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been some snow over the last couple of days.

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But we're drawing in the air from the east.

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It's cold coming from southern Scandinavia, and it's that cold air

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that gives us another widespread frost overnight tonight.

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Very dry air as well, so temperatures will probably get

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down as low as -1 or -2 in quite a few places.

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And even lower than that, particularly in sheltered parts

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of central Devon and parts of Dorset and Somerset.

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Still a bit of a breeze along the south coast,

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helping to keep the temperatures are a couple of degrees

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But for most of us, it's going to be a very cold start

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By the time we get to the afternoon, temperatures have recovered -

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But I think with the clear skies the game, the frost

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A bit different on Saturday - a lot more cloud around

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which is capable across parts of Cornwall of producing some spots

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But it's still cold, we still have that cold air.

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So cloudy and, without the sunshine, still very cold.

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4-7 is Celsius is the temperature range for the start of the weekend.

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Sunday's a little bit brighter, but we should see some

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The high pressure is staying with us into the early part of next week.

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Spotlight is back tomorrow morning at 6:25.

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Good evening, it will gradually get colder in the UK in the next few

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days, something we don't have to worry about in Australia at this

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time of year. Of course it's the Australian tennis open at the moment

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and there's a big storm moving through Melbourne at the moment.

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Hopefully it will have cleared through by the time of

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