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There are concerns tonight over the drain of doctors from general
practice surgeries in the south-west after new research has revealed that
4 in 10 GPs plan to quit within five years.
The research has been done at the University
Reasons given for leaving overwork and long hours, leading to
NHS England says it is working to support GPs and is trying
Our GP is often the most familiar face in the NHS
and accounts for 90% of contact with health services.
But within a few years a report by the
University of Exeter Medical School warns
family doctors, making existing problems worse.
People are already having to wait quite substantially
for routine appointments and I think the pressure on those routine
There needs to be a fundamental change in
the approach of Government towards healt care in the UK.
the approach of Government towards health care in the UK.
The system at the minute is just underfunded.
The problem of GP retention is particularly acute in Plymouth, and
has been affecting patients at this surgery for 18 months.
I'm going away on a trip for a month and I had
to wait a few weeks still for my jabs and even then they still have
to spread it out a little bit, so it is cutting it fine.
Things are no better since a survey carried out
We have lost our senior partner because he retired
and one of our other partners decided life was tough as a GP
decided to step aside, so we put out a national advert and
local advert for vacancies and have been unseccessful.
NHS England says that it is already working to support existing GPs,
encourage people back into the profession,
We are looking at how we support primary care with a whole range of
professions, because clearly general practice is important, but also
supporting that with pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other
professionals who can support the work force.
There are plans to train them about 5,000 GPs by 2020, but
will this be enough to compensate for the numbers leaving the
1% of GPs in England dropped out in the last three months
So it could be a case of the doctor will not see you now,
The only residential care home on the Isles of Scilly has
Last month, the council announced that Park House in
St Mary's would shut in June because of problems recruiting
Now, it says the publicity surrounding the closure has led to a
rise in the number of people applying for jobs, and it's agreed
to pay care workers a supplement on top of their wages to make
Prosecutors will be asked to decide whether Devon and Cornwall's Police
and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, should be charged
with false accounting in the 2015 general election.
At the time Ms Hernandez was the Conservative
The Police And Crime Commisioner's office today said this development
would not prevent her doing her job and that people were
With the details here's our Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Hall.
This is a significant development in the investigation into Alison
But it is also one that has been marked by the way in which her
The expenses controversy has dogged Alison Hernandez since her election
Now the issue is being referred to the Crown Prosecution
Service to decide whether to charge Ms
She would not be interviewed today, but
the chief executive of her office told me the development would not
She has had this investigation for a year
already, and she has had a very good first year,
so she has had a comprehensive police and crime plan published.
In February, she provided the Chief Constable with a budget
that will enable him to recruit 100 additional police officers, more
criminal investigation, lots of other investment, so she is doing
This is not impacting on her ability to do the role.
The allegations focus on the Conservatives' use
Expenses for activists brought in to Torbay to campaign were
declared nationally, when critics said they should have been part
As Conservative agent in Torbay, Alison
Hernandez was responsible for spreading there.
I would urge you to seriously
to enable somebody else to take on the role.
On a Sunday Politics programme, before the referral to prosecutors,
Alison Hernandez insisted the ongoing investigation had not
Interestingly, the bit that has been so positive
about it is the publicity that I have received because of that.
I can lock down Newquay High Street, and I
will be stopped by people who need my help.
In a statement, the Independent Police Complaints
Alison Hernandez has always denied any wrongdoing in
It is unclear how long it will take prosecutors to decide
whether to bring charges against Ms Hernandez.
It has already taken almost a year of police time
to reach this point, and this area of election low
All that goes to suggest that no decision will be
Nearly a quarter of the unclassified roads managed by Devon County
Council are in need of immediate maintenance, according
The authority says 23% of its smaller rural roads need
The Department for Transport told us it is giving Devon County Council
over ?47 million in 2017 and 2018 to fix, repair, and upgrade roads.
I appreciate that there are budget issues and
purses are stretched, and
all that sort of thing, but at the same time,
it is an infrastructure thing, isn't it?
With the state of the roads where we are, which is very rural,
and lots of farms, and small country lanes,
they don't seem to get any
attention at all, and I would say in the last few years, practically no
Small, rural roads around here in Devon are actually pitted
with potholes, which is bad for cyclists, motorcyclists, plus
Prince Andrew has attended a passing out ceremony at the Britannia Royal
The Duke of York took the salute as more than 150 officer cadets
completed their first phase of training.
The Duke himself was a former cadet at the college when he
joined the Royal Navy in 1979, as John Danks reports.
A youthful Prince Andrew, starting at Britannia Royal Naval College.
When he passed out in 1980, his mother,
the Queen, inspected the officer cadets.
If the young officers were excited, they managed to keep a calm
They arrived here only 30 weeks ago, fresh off the streets
from a wonderful variety of backgrounds, and they have been
through a really punishing training programme, and they have absolutely
made the grade, and pass out today as Royal Naval officers.
The occasion was marked by a fly past by a Royal Navy Hawk jet
I have to say that it is an enormous pleasure to be here
today to see that the traditions and the values that I undertook when I
was here are still being passed on to you.
Those traditions included the salute, and the ceremony came to
an end with a slow march into the Naval College.
As we go through the main door, and the door slams, we
That is our first order as naval officers,
and that commences our life in the Navy.
I have got my friends and family here.
The whole occasion has been very emotional.
John Danks, BBC Spotlight, Dartmouth.
A ?1 million project to bring a medieval deer park back to life
has just taken a big step forward, with the arrival of 17 fallow deer.
It is all part of a new attraction at
Dartington Hall in South Devon, where visitors will be able to enjoy
the historic site and have access to the surrounding parkland.
And finally, amazing pictures have emerged of a humpback whale
The whale was filmed when she appeared
She's thought to be the same whale, dubbed
Doris, that has attracted onlookers to Start Bay in Devon.
Doris made headlines, not only for her dramatic
appearances, but also for getting snagged twice in fishing nets.
Now let's have a look at the weather.
Nothing too much to worry about the weather, quite a lot of cloud around
at times. Friday could be quite damp. Tomorrow is a cloudy start,
risk of a few showers in the morning, but into the afternoon, it
will be brighter and we will get the sunshine back to. Similar whether to
today. The high pressure is beginning to retreat further out
into the Atlantic, opening the door for a couple of weather systems to
arrive on Friday, the one day when it could be rather cloudy but some
spots of rain. A lot of clear sky now, but later in the night, more
cloud coming in from the north-east. It may produce a futures,
temperatures as low as five or 6 degrees, slightly milder along the
coast. After a grey starts tomorrow, it should brighten up, some decent
spells of sunshine and a top temperature of 13 degrees. This is
Good Friday. It looks like it could be rather dump at times, breezy and
also quite mild at 14 degrees. Have a good night. That is it from us.
Join us for our breakfast bulletins tomorrow. Good night from the latest
team. Brighter on Saturday but cloud again
on Sunday. Here is Tomasz. Good evening.
The weather in the run-up to Christmas... Easter! I got ahead of
myself there! It isn't looking especially