12/04/2017 Spotlight


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There are concerns tonight over the drain of doctors from general

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practice surgeries in the south-west after new research has revealed that

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4 in 10 GPs plan to quit within five years.

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The research has been done at the University

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Reasons given for leaving overwork and long hours, leading to

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NHS England says it is working to support GPs and is trying

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Our GP is often the most familiar face in the NHS

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and accounts for 90% of contact with health services.

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But within a few years a report by the

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University of Exeter Medical School warns

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family doctors, making existing problems worse.

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People are already having to wait quite substantially

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for routine appointments and I think the pressure on those routine

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There needs to be a fundamental change in

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the approach of Government towards healt care in the UK.

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the approach of Government towards health care in the UK.

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The system at the minute is just underfunded.

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The problem of GP retention is particularly acute in Plymouth, and

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has been affecting patients at this surgery for 18 months.

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I'm going away on a trip for a month and I had

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to wait a few weeks still for my jabs and even then they still have

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to spread it out a little bit, so it is cutting it fine.

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Things are no better since a survey carried out

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We have lost our senior partner because he retired

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and one of our other partners decided life was tough as a GP

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decided to step aside, so we put out a national advert and

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local advert for vacancies and have been unseccessful.

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NHS England says that it is already working to support existing GPs,

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encourage people back into the profession,

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We are looking at how we support primary care with a whole range of

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professions, because clearly general practice is important, but also

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supporting that with pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other

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professionals who can support the work force.

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There are plans to train them about 5,000 GPs by 2020, but

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will this be enough to compensate for the numbers leaving the

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1% of GPs in England dropped out in the last three months

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So it could be a case of the doctor will not see you now,

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The only residential care home on the Isles of Scilly has

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Last month, the council announced that Park House in

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St Mary's would shut in June because of problems recruiting

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Now, it says the publicity surrounding the closure has led to a

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rise in the number of people applying for jobs, and it's agreed

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to pay care workers a supplement on top of their wages to make

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Prosecutors will be asked to decide whether Devon and Cornwall's Police

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and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, should be charged

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with false accounting in the 2015 general election.

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At the time Ms Hernandez was the Conservative

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The Police And Crime Commisioner's office today said this development

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would not prevent her doing her job and that people were

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With the details here's our Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Hall.

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This is a significant development in the investigation into Alison

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But it is also one that has been marked by the way in which her

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The expenses controversy has dogged Alison Hernandez since her election

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Now the issue is being referred to the Crown Prosecution

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Service to decide whether to charge Ms

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She would not be interviewed today, but

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the chief executive of her office told me the development would not

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She has had this investigation for a year

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already, and she has had a very good first year,

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so she has had a comprehensive police and crime plan published.

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In February, she provided the Chief Constable with a budget

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that will enable him to recruit 100 additional police officers, more

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criminal investigation, lots of other investment, so she is doing

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This is not impacting on her ability to do the role.

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The allegations focus on the Conservatives' use

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Expenses for activists brought in to Torbay to campaign were

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declared nationally, when critics said they should have been part

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As Conservative agent in Torbay, Alison

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Hernandez was responsible for spreading there.

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I would urge you to seriously

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to enable somebody else to take on the role.

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On a Sunday Politics programme, before the referral to prosecutors,

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Alison Hernandez insisted the ongoing investigation had not

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Interestingly, the bit that has been so positive

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about it is the publicity that I have received because of that.

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I can lock down Newquay High Street, and I

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will be stopped by people who need my help.

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In a statement, the Independent Police Complaints

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Alison Hernandez has always denied any wrongdoing in

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It is unclear how long it will take prosecutors to decide

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whether to bring charges against Ms Hernandez.

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It has already taken almost a year of police time

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to reach this point, and this area of election low

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All that goes to suggest that no decision will be

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Nearly a quarter of the unclassified roads managed by Devon County

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Council are in need of immediate maintenance, according

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The authority says 23% of its smaller rural roads need

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The Department for Transport told us it is giving Devon County Council

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over ?47 million in 2017 and 2018 to fix, repair, and upgrade roads.

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I appreciate that there are budget issues and

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purses are stretched, and

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all that sort of thing, but at the same time,

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it is an infrastructure thing, isn't it?

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With the state of the roads where we are, which is very rural,

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and lots of farms, and small country lanes,

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they don't seem to get any

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attention at all, and I would say in the last few years, practically no

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Small, rural roads around here in Devon are actually pitted

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with potholes, which is bad for cyclists, motorcyclists, plus

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Prince Andrew has attended a passing out ceremony at the Britannia Royal

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The Duke of York took the salute as more than 150 officer cadets

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completed their first phase of training.

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The Duke himself was a former cadet at the college when he

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joined the Royal Navy in 1979, as John Danks reports.

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A youthful Prince Andrew, starting at Britannia Royal Naval College.

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When he passed out in 1980, his mother,

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the Queen, inspected the officer cadets.

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If the young officers were excited, they managed to keep a calm

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They arrived here only 30 weeks ago, fresh off the streets

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from a wonderful variety of backgrounds, and they have been

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through a really punishing training programme, and they have absolutely

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made the grade, and pass out today as Royal Naval officers.

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The occasion was marked by a fly past by a Royal Navy Hawk jet

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I have to say that it is an enormous pleasure to be here

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today to see that the traditions and the values that I undertook when I

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was here are still being passed on to you.

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Those traditions included the salute, and the ceremony came to

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an end with a slow march into the Naval College.

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As we go through the main door, and the door slams, we

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That is our first order as naval officers,

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and that commences our life in the Navy.

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I have got my friends and family here.

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The whole occasion has been very emotional.

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John Danks, BBC Spotlight, Dartmouth.

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A ?1 million project to bring a medieval deer park back to life

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has just taken a big step forward, with the arrival of 17 fallow deer.

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It is all part of a new attraction at

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Dartington Hall in South Devon, where visitors will be able to enjoy

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the historic site and have access to the surrounding parkland.

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And finally, amazing pictures have emerged of a humpback whale

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The whale was filmed when she appeared

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She's thought to be the same whale, dubbed

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Doris, that has attracted onlookers to Start Bay in Devon.

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Doris made headlines, not only for her dramatic

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appearances, but also for getting snagged twice in fishing nets.

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Now let's have a look at the weather.

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Nothing too much to worry about the weather, quite a lot of cloud around

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at times. Friday could be quite damp. Tomorrow is a cloudy start,

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risk of a few showers in the morning, but into the afternoon, it

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will be brighter and we will get the sunshine back to. Similar whether to

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today. The high pressure is beginning to retreat further out

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into the Atlantic, opening the door for a couple of weather systems to

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arrive on Friday, the one day when it could be rather cloudy but some

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spots of rain. A lot of clear sky now, but later in the night, more

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cloud coming in from the north-east. It may produce a futures,

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temperatures as low as five or 6 degrees, slightly milder along the

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coast. After a grey starts tomorrow, it should brighten up, some decent

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spells of sunshine and a top temperature of 13 degrees. This is

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Good Friday. It looks like it could be rather dump at times, breezy and

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also quite mild at 14 degrees. Have a good night. That is it from us.

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Join us for our breakfast bulletins tomorrow. Good night from the latest

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team. Brighter on Saturday but cloud again

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on Sunday. Here is Tomasz. Good evening.

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The weather in the run-up to Christmas... Easter! I got ahead of

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myself there! It isn't looking especially

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