this is bbc news, i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at two: downing street warns gps in england they must open for longer to meet patient demand or risk losing funding. jeremy corbyn warns the social care system was at serious risk of breakdown and, if labour wins the next election, failing private care homes will be taken into public ownership. i don't keep talking about the national health service because it's in labour's comfort zone. i talk about the nhs because it's in a danger zone at the present time. the east coast of england escapes significant flooding after a tidal storm surge passed overnight. a group of mps says theresa may must spell out whether she wants the uk to remain in the single market by the middle of next month before talks can begin. also in the next hour: a girl stolen from hospital when she was just eight hours old is found 18 years after she disappeared. police in the us made the discovery following a tip—off.
a woman's been charged with kidnapping. and in half an hour's time: the travel show goes underground as it explores russia's hidden military history in vladivostok. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister is warning gps they could face funding cuts if they don't keep surgeries open for longer to meet demand from patients. the government says many people are going to hard—pressed accident and emergency departments because they can't get gp appointments. doctors' leaders accuse the government of failing to address an nhs funding crisis. our political correspondent, tom barton, reports. waiting time targets missed, hospitals declaring major alerts.
the news from the nhs last week was not good. and now there is a suggestion from number 10 that part of the cause is family doctors just aren't open for long enough. a downing street spokesman said it is increasingly clear that a large number of surgeries are not providing the access patients need and that patients are suffering as a result. ministers are proposing withholding extra funding from gps who cannot show they are offering appointments at the times their patients want them. the government sees gps as key to reducing pressure on hospitals, pointing to figures which suggest nearly 30% of patients at accident and emergency would be better cared for elsewhere. but those representing gps see today's announcement as an attack on their profession. there is no point in blaming hard—working doctors
or nurses in the nhs. there's no point blaming one part of the system when clearly we know what the reasons for the problems are. the reasons are too few doctors, lower than any other part of europe, too few hospital beds, cuts in social care, so patients in hospital cannot come out into the local community. jeremy corbyn defended gps and warned that the solution was to improve funding in the care system. a labour government would give social care the funding it needs and give a firm commitment to take failed private care homes into public ownership to maintain the social care protection our people need. it's the very least we can do to guarantee dignity for people who have given so much to our country. ministers say stopping people using accident and emergency inappropriately should ease pressure on hospitals and say other parts of the nhs, including gps, must play their part
in making that happen. ourgp our gp surgery is open seven days, which is very good, and i think every surgery should be open seven days a week. it would save everybody going to a&e. it is a jolly good idea. a lot of gps say it is very ha rd to idea. a lot of gps say it is very hard to find doctors. that is a problem. i think there should be a lot more money poured into doctors and social care for the elderly. lot more money poured into doctors and social care for the elderlylj think and social care for the elderly.” think it is an excellent idea. we need are open seven days a week. i
welcome the recruitment industry so i understand the recruitment argument. there needs to be a big focus and investment on recruiting and attracting more people to their industry. it is definitely the way forward. these guys are already open six days a week and have a walk—in clinic. it takes weeks to get an appointment as it is. i would imagine this is not a good idea. but a&e is struggling as well. would it work if gp surgeries open for longer? possibly, but that you need more gps, so it is a vicious circle. one lady mentioned social care reform. jeremy corbyn has used a speech in central london to defend his leadership of the labour party after claims by a centre—left think tank it was too weak to win an election. i don't keep talking about the national health service
because it is in labour's comfort zone. i talk about the nhs because it is in a danger zone at the present time. much of this is about the systematic neglect of our elderly people. over a million of whom are not getting the social care they need. we will not let the elderly down. people who have worked and contributed all of their lives in taxes and made a huge contribution to our society. a total of 380 care home businesses have been declared insolvent since 2010. that is because the amount councils pay towards fees for residencies have fallen and costs have increased. we are warning the government that if you do not put money into social care now, the system is at serious risk of breaking down.
the fifth annual report of the care quality commission found one in five nursing homes did not have enough staff to make sure people received good and safe care. frankly that is outrageous. one in five. a labour government would give social care the funding it needs and give a firm commitment to take failed private care homes into public ownership to keep the social care protection our people need. i'm joined from central london by the shadow health secretary, jon ashworth. a lot of health issues in the headlines. we heard jeremy corbyn talking about social care, we have the situation in gp surgeries, in a md, these things do not happen overnight and there is not one pill to solve all, is their? indeed, but
what we have seen from theresa may is another example of how she simply doesn't know what is going on. earlier in the week, the government tried to downgrade the a and it target, then they blame the nhs boss, and now they are up blaming family doctors. they have been promising a seven—day gp service for six and a half years now. theresa may's response to this crisis is increasingly incompetent and floundering. she needs to urgently get a floundering. she needs to urgently geta grip floundering. she needs to urgently get a grip of the situation and she has not so far. you say she does not understand it but did labour understand it but did labour understand that when they introduced gp contracts? of course labour understands it. when labour were in government, we were proposing a seven—day gp service. this government have cut back on walk—in centres so more people are going to a&e. the government's complete
failure to deal with the social care crisis in this country, they have cut billions from social care, which means increasing numbers of elderly and vulnerable people are trapped in hospitals with nowhere to go, putting huge pressures on the system itself. we say, put money now and the social care, stop stubbornly ignoring the needs of social care because if you don't solve our social care crisis, we will never deal with these wider pressures on the nhs. if you were in power, how would you fund all this? there is £700 million allocated to social ca re £700 million allocated to social care for the plan from 2019, we would say bring that forward now. the government is about making choices. this government has chosen to cut corporation tax, it has chosen to cut capital gains tax, it has chosen to give the wealthiest estates a nd has chosen to give the wealthiest estates and inheritance tax cut, it
has put millions into grammar schools. the government could have made a different set of choices and allocated those resources to the health service and social care because they desperately need support now but also needs competent leadership from thejob support now but also needs competent leadership from the job of government and sadly we're not getting that from theresa may. looking back to the gp contract she introduced, was a mistake to allow gps to opt out of out of working? gps to opt out of out of working? gps are still offering out of hours service. some gps have been interviewed today have referred to the reality gps working today. with respect, theresa may's government has been promising a seven—day gp service for six and a half years now. they have not delivered on that. if anything, they have cut back because they're not put the investment into the training
necessary , investment into the training necessary, they had not planned for what will be a scalable time and amongst gps and have completely ignored the needs of elderly people by cutting back their social care packages, which is now why we have literally huge pressures on our nhs today, we are lacking competent leadership and a competent response to this crisis, which is why is it a cup ability for the situation we today lies at the doors of ten downing st. so you're not taking any responsibility from when labour were in power? when labour were in power, we more than doubled investment into the nhs but now it is going through the nhs but now it is going through the largest financial squeeze in its history. funding will be cut next year. when labour were in power, we we re year. when labour were in power, we were meeting be a any targets four hours. this government has not met its a hours. this government has not met itsa in hours. this government has not met its a in the target sincejuly 20 15. that shows you the difference between a labour managing the nhs
and tory mismanagement. you think the nhs is right for today's society? does it work for the day's society? does it work for the day's society? yes, of course it does, and i will never come to any proposal to move the some sort of social and so on scheme or charging for operations. that is nothing i would support. delivering health care, publicly funded, free at the point of use, is not the fairest way but the most efficient way of delivering health care and labour will always be committed to that. the east coast of england has escaped largely unscathed from a tidal storm surge during the night. thousands of people had been advised to leave their homes but the high tide failed to breach flood defences. simon clemison reports. after all the words of warning, just the sight and sound of a huge display of strength by nature. within five or ten minutes it was coming over the walls and it
was just flooding straight in. it just started running all the way down the street. it was awful. about 30 homes were inundated here in hornsea. businesses too. into the evening, people in the path of the storm surge were still trying to protect their properties. many had been advised to leave, but some in great yarmouth were keen to stay put. we saw this all happen in 2013. but you have to take precautions at the end of the day. all we are doing is putting sandbags near the doorways. others found comfort however they could as special rest centres opened up. but when high tide arrived in each town, conditions appeared to ease. the environment agency had sent in pumps and more than five miles of temporary barriers. officials insist the emergency response was not over the top. the worst appears to be over. the defences have held. the rest centres will be laid off now. to be honest with you, if that had of breached,
we would have been in a lot worse situation in and these centres would have been needed. it's wise to say that we followed everything by the book as far as the environment agency and emergency services were concerned. for those of you who want to go home, get out of here! some are now beginning to return home. but with storm warnings still in place, people are being urged not to take chances. our correspondent, alex dunlop, sent this update from great yarmouth on the norfolk coast. it was a bit tricky last night, but not nearly as bad as we had feared. stand here five minutes and the weather changes. this snow has dropped in the last half an hour. this is the river running through great yarmouth. this is where the pinch point was. it's ok at the moment. this tide is coming in, we expect high water at half past ten. we should be all right. it came to about two feet below the flood defences last night.
but then receded. there were no major breaches of defence in yarmouth. but it was a different picture in hornsea in east yorkshire. we understand emergency services said at least 30 properties were flooded in the east yorkshire seaside town last night. three people had to be saved from a car which became trapped in five foot of water on the seafront as the storm surge overcame the sea defences. back in yarmouth what i found interesting last night at half past nine with the high water is a lot of properties, if we take a look not far from the river, many lights were switched on. people were clearly deciding to stay home. 5,000 properties were at risk of severe floods. only about 70% heeded the police and military advised to go to the evacuation rest centres. 60% decided to make their own luck,
either moving in with relatives or hunkering down in their own homes. three years ago they saw this before. to some extent they knew what was coming. we can talk to toby from the environment agency. the worst did not happen. explain why we did not get that combination of wind, tide, why did that not happen? for a significant storm to have a major impact, you need a combination of high tide, a surge and wind on top of that to come together. we predicted all of that, we forecast all of that. but actually they came out of sync. the impact was much less significant than we might have feared, mercifully. it is so hard to call. it is very difficult. it is not an exact science. actually, what we saw were levels which were not far below the top of the defences.
if the wind remained in the same direction and strength, we might well have seen significant toppling of defences and flooding. huge resources were drawn in and huge planning. people might say, did you overreact? what we have seen in the last few years is a significant strengthening of defences on the east coast. about half a million properties have been protected from flooding in the last 24 hours. we brought in additional resources to support that and made decisions with the emergency services partners, police, localauthorities, fire and rescue, and in some places and some circumstances evacuation was the right course of action. i remember being here three years ago when these flood defences, i think it was about four inches from going over the top. is there a danger of looking back in 2007 when the plug—in was not too
bad and we got away with it in 2013, last night we got away with it and is the risk of complacency? we can bring in temporary flood defences to support these. emergency partners work together to make the best decisions to support communities. but this is not a precise science. the margins are very fine. in a word, the danger has now passed. it has now passed, the tide is receding and the weather is looking a little bit more benign. the headlines on bbc news: downing street warns gps in england they must open for longer to meet patient demand or risk losing funding. ministers have been accused of "scapegoating" doctors. jeremy corbyn warns that failed private care homes could be taken into public ownership under a future labour government. a tidal storm surge passes without causing significant flooding although damage is reported in some
parts of england, including the coastal town of scarborough. a teenager who was stolen as a newborn baby from a hospital in florida 18 years ago has been found in south carolina. kamiyah mobley was discovered after a tip—off and dna tests confirmed her real identity. the woman who raised her has been charged with kidnapping. richard galpin reports. this is kamiyah mobley with the woman who, for all her life, she believed to be her mother. they'd seemed a perfectly normal and happy family living in a quiet part of south carolina. but today, her mother, gloria williams, is under arrest, charged with kidnapping kamiyah after she was born 18 years ago and giving her a false identity. so in south carolina, we found an 18—year—old young woman, with the same date of birth,
but a different name. so further investigation revealed that fraudulent documents had been used to establish that young woman's identity. in interviews with people, it supported the possibility that this young woman may be kamiyah mobley. just after she was born in this hospital in florida in 1998, kamiyah was abducted by a woman posing as a nurse. but it was only last year that police received a tip which eventually led to the arrest. for her biological family, a moment of huge relief. she sounds so intelligent and so respectful and she says she will be here to see us. for kamiyah herself, disbelief that the woman she loved as a mother is now accused of being her abductor. a cross—party group of mps is calling on the government to publish its brexit plan by next month at the latest. they're also asking for transitional arrangements to smooth britain's
departure from the european union to give the economy time to adapt. our business correspondent, joe lynam, reports. britain's biggest industries employing millions of people have long been calling for some sort of transitional arrangement after britain quits the eu. they needed to avoid a sudden change in the rules post brexit. now, they've got support from a key group of mps from all parties in the commons. we think that any return to tariffs or bureaucratic obstacles would not be in the interests of british business and the committee believes that transitional arrangements will be needed to smooth the process as we leave the european union particularly, if there were to be any changes to the way we trade or the way we sell our services. the brexit committee of mps says the government should set out by mid—february whether it aims to remain in the single market or the customs union. it should press for a transitional arrangement with the eu if it can't secure a full deal within the two year time frame.
crucially the committee said that the government should offer mps a vote on whatever is agreed at the end of the negotiation. but some lobby groups dismissed the idea. we should spend the two years of negotiations on the financial services and ensuring the city is ok. we don't need a transitional arrangement. the government said, "we will set out our plans by the end of march and that parliament will be appropriately engaged throughout the process of exit, abiding by all constitutional and legal obligations." next week, theresa may gives a big speech on britain's future talks with the eu. at the same time, the supreme court could decide whether she, or all mps in parliament will decide whether and when to formally trigger the exit process. the us president—elect, donald trump, is suggesting he will consider lifting sanctions imposed on moscow by president obama in retaliation for russian cyber attacks. in an interview with
the wall streetjournal, mr trump said he would retain sanctions "at least for a period of time" but could scrap them if russia was helpful to the us. sarah corker reports. with days to go before donald trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the united states, washington is still reeling from an extraordinary week of swirling allegations. and now with an eye on future global relations mr trump has said he is willing to work with russia and china providing they co—operate. he told the wall streetjournal, "if russia is really helping us, why would anyone have sanctions". when asked about the one china policy under which the us no longer acknowledges taiwan he said, "everything is under negotiation." meanwhile, allegations that russia attempted to influence the presidential election will be investigated by a us senate committee.
they'll examine alleged close ties between moscow and members of mr trump's campaign teams and russia's cyber activity and intelligence practises. and lawmakers have been briefed about the unverified dossier with its explosive claims. the american people are owed the truth and there is a great deal of evidence to say that is an issue of high interest to the american people. the strength, the integrity of our own democracy. the president—elect has angrily denounced the allegation against him and his team as fake news. back in washington, the focus turns to friday, 20th january, and the inauguration. rehearsals have already started as the nation gets ready to usher in a new political order with the rest of the world watching what happens next. the studio behind the star wars
films says it won't digitally recreate carrie fisher's performance in new instalments of the franchise. ms fisher, who died last month, played princess leia in the original trilogy. lucasfilm was responding to speculation that it was negotiating with her estate over using her image in the films. she was expected to appear in episode 9 of the saga, due to be released in 2019. the divorce of film starjohnny depp and actress amber heard has been finalised after months of wrangling over the final terms of the break—up. depp has agreed to pay heard $7 million, which she says she will donate to two charities. she had accused depp of domestic abuse — a claim he denies. heard filed for divorce in may after 15 months of marriage. a number of frozen fish and meat products are being recalled from sale across the uk for being potentially unsafe. the food standards agency and food standards scotland said the mda products ltd items had been
repackaged in unapproved premises. the products may also have best—before or use—by dates that have been extended beyond those set by the manufacturers. on sunday, a major summit will be held in paris for what's being seen as one of the last chances to save the so—called two—state solution for the israeli—palestinian conflict. that's long been the goal of international peace efforts but one of the most divisive issues remains the status ofjerusalem on sunday, a major summit will be held in paris for what's being seen and neither israel nor the palestinians will be represented at the conference. our middle east correspondent, yolande knell, reports from jerusalem. jerusalem is meant to be a shared capital for israelis and palestinians living peacefully, side—by—side, in two nations. that is how many see the two—state solution to the conflict. but today, israel controls most
of the west bank and eastjerusalem, which the palestinians want for their state. and over 600,000 israeli settlers live in these areas, captured in the 1967 war. the settlement‘s mayor represents an influential settler organisation. we are going further away from the two—state solution, i think the palestinians were given an option to set up a palestinian state and we know today for a fact that the palestinian authority is completely corrupt, completely bankrupt. but many in the international community say that settlement expansion is also what is undermining a two—state solution. the issue of the settlements, compromises were made in the past and unfortunately, none of these attempts have brought peace up until now. but there are new international efforts to push for peace and a palestinian state to neighbour israel. it is all happening just before donald trump takes office. could this be the sight of his us embassy in jerusalem?
he is promising to move his ambassador from tel aviv. many israelis welcome the idea because it recognises a united jerusalem as their capital, but palestinians believe it will kill the two—state solution. they say their presence in this city is already threatened. so, first of all, i am considered a permanent resident and not a citizen as any israeli jew living injerusalem. since 1967, more than 14,000 residency cards were revoked by israeli authorities and the main purpose is to minimise the number of palestinians living injerusalem and to ensure a jewish majority. how do you think the next us president, donald trump, could change things? trump's move of the embassy would be in violation of international law, but it would also be legitimising israel's occupation of eastjerusalem by recognising
israel's exclusive sovereignty over jerusalem. recent opinion polls suggest most israelis and palestinians do still support the idea of two states, but only by very narrow margins. on both sides there are fears that chances for a peace deal are fading. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. in 1979, a teenage photographer took his camera along to a gig by thejam. he captured the band at the height of their fame but lacked the confidence to do anything with the pictures. now, nearly four decades later, they're on the cover of a live album by the jam. john danks reports. the jam on top of the pops in november 1979. when mike searle went to see them play live in aylesbury that same month, he took along his russian—made zenit camera.
it was an amazing gig. they were an amazing band to see live. paul weller used to leap around with his guitar. so what i really wanted to do was catch him jumping with his guitar, because that was his signature move. so i managed to get that. lacking confidence, mike didn't do anything with them. the pictures didn't see the light of day again until a few years ago. wanting to set up as a freelance photographer, mike dug them out, put them online and then he got a call. someone from universal music called me up and said, "we'd like your photos. we'd like to use them on a live album we're releasing from the same year, are you interested?" and i was like, "yes, i am". a deal was done and six months later the finished album was posted to him. i got the package and opened it up and it was shiny, heavy,