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today at 5 — a doctor who was struck off over the death of a six—year—old boy wins her appeal to practise medicine again. jack adcock died of sepsis. dr hadiza bawa—garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence thousands of doctors signed an open letter of support for dr bawa—garba. signed an open letter this afternoon she again apologised for his death. lam i am truly sorry for this and i will live with this for the rest of my life. we'll have the latest from the court of appeal in central london. and we'll be talking to dr cecily cunningham, from the doctors association uk, to find out what the ruling means for the nhs. the other main stories on bbc news at 5... the murder of 25—year—old model harry ozkau. two men are found guilty at the old bailey. the government launches a drive to eradicate homelessness in england within the decade. the number of people sleeping rough has been rising for the last seven years. how aritifical intelligence can diagnose eye disease as accurately as some
of the world's leading experts. people will be empowered, because their sight will be saved through this artificial intelligence, of this artificial intelligence, of this algorithm. tackling the touts — ticketmaster is closing two websites which allow people to offload unwanted tickets. hello, today at 5. a doctor who was struck off after the death of a six—year—old boy has won her court of appeal challenge over the decision. dr hadiza bawa—garba was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter three years ago, after the death of jack adcock, who had developed sepsis. judges at the court of appeal said the high court had been wrong
to bar herfrom practicing and an earlier decision to suspend herfor only one year should stand. our correspondent richard lister is at the court of appeal in central london. as you say, this case all started with the tragic death of jake adcock at leicester royal infirmary back in february 2011 and it has become something of a lightning rod for the medical profession. all sides in this debate have been looking very carefully at what the implications are for their community, depending on which way this case was going to go. although as you say, dr bawa—garba was given a suspended sentence for manslaughter in the wa ke sentence for manslaughter in the wake of her involvement in the death of jake adcock, an wake of her involvement in the death ofjake adcock, an independent medical tribunal said that actually there were multiple systemic failures at the hospital at the time
of jack adcock‘s death and because of jack adcock‘s death and because of that it would be incorrect to strike her from the of that it would be incorrect to strike herfrom the medical register, she should instead just be suspended for 12 months of. the general medical council disagreed with, they said so serious was her involvement with this case that she should be struck off in order to maintain public confidence in the nhs and the high court in a case here backed that view and said she should be struck off. but with the support of support of hundreds of doctors, if dr hadiza bawa—garba came back to the court of appeal and today the court of appeal said that in fact she was correct, that there we re in fact she was correct, that there were no grounds to strike her from the medical register. she is currently in nigeria and she gave her reaction to the bbc earlier. lam very i am very pleased with the outcome but i want to pay tribute and rememberjake but i want to pay tribute and remember jake adcock, a but i want to pay tribute and rememberjake adcock, a wonderful little boy who started this story. i
wanted to let the parents know that lam wanted to let the parents know that i am sorry for my role in what has happened to jack. i am sorry for my role in what has happened to jack. now, the general medical council has indicated that it will move quickly to reinstate dr hadiza bawa—garba onto the medical register. it says it is not going to appeal today's decision. wilshere return? that question was put to her in nigeria. i have dedicated my life to medicine. it is my purpose, i can't see myself being, and body else but a practising doctor. so, of course when i got the news that i can be given another opportunity to work again, i was very pleased and thank god for this day. what are your plans for the future, what's next? i am still learning, i am hoping that i will be given the opportunity to prove that what has
happened can only make me a better doctor. i will continue to reflect on what has happened over the years and use that to become better at serving my community. so, my plans are to hopefully god willing work again one day. one of the reasons that so many doctors have backed her in this appeal, in fact they have actually provided much of the money to fund her appeal here at the royal courts ofjustice, to fund her appeal here at the royal courts of justice, was to fund her appeal here at the royal courts ofjustice, was because they we re very courts ofjustice, was because they were very concerned about the indications of this case as far as their own futures were concerned. they felt that she was being made something of a scapegoat for the wider failings something of a scapegoat for the widerfailings as they something of a scapegoat for the wider failings as they saw it within the nhs. they were concerned, too, that this could have a chilling effect on doctors' willingness to be open about their own clinical errors and allowing the nhs to learn from them in the future if they were co nsta ntly them in the future if they were constantly concerned that the general medical council might well pursue them. well,, of course, jake
adcock‘s parents were very concerned about the fact that dr bawa—garba might be allowed to continue working asa might be allowed to continue working as a doctor in the uk. jack's mother has said she felt it was appropriate that she remained banned from working in this country and we are yet to hear a response. the general medical council has indicated it will not appeal and in something of a trite statement it said, we are sorry for the anguish and uncertainty these proceedings have had onjack‘s uncertainty these proceedings have had on jack‘s family, uncertainty these proceedings have had onjack‘s family, dr bawa—garba and the wider profession. we can talk now to dr cecily cunningham who leads the campaign learn not blame with the doctors association uk, aiming to bring a change in culture within the nhs. thanks for being within the nhs. thanks for being with us. what do you think are the wider implications of this case?
just before we start i would just like to add my own regret about what happened to jake adcock and we must i’ui'i happened to jake adcock and we must run the at the heart of this is a child who died and a family who lost their son. i have spent quite a lot of time over the last few months talking through social media and in person to people who have experienced the death of a relative or harm within the nhs, and the purpose of our campaign is to bring together both the medical profession but also those who use the nhs. and we are all patients in the end, so that's all of us, to campaign for a more just culture in the nhs. but your point of your campaign, and what hundreds of otherjunior doctors have said, is that this particular doctor, yes, it was a mistake but she was massively overworked and there was under staffing and that this was a real problem within the national health service, this wasn'tjust her human failings, this was a systemic problem, is that your point? so, we
should consider what happens in the nhs every day. they doctor does not look after one patient in isolation. a doctor has to do many tasks at any one time. and on that day she was actually covering the job of another registrar as well as her ownjob. her consultant was not on—site for a good portion of the day. herjunior doctors were very new to paediatrics, just recruited. and on top of all of that the it system we nt top of all of that the it system went down. she wasjust back from top of all of that the it system went down. she was just back from 14 months maternity leave and she had not had in dutch and to the trust. she had missed handover that morning. there were a lot of reasons as to why herjudgments which she made about jack were not made in isolation, they were made in the context of unbearable pressure. and unbearable pressure which lodge of doctors have to face every day in the nhs and some people watching this might say, these are excuses, this might say, these are excuses, this was a terrible mistake which led to a child dying? what we very much want is accountability for
families. when something happens that has a negative outcome, what people want is, they want to know what happened. and where there are deficiencies in care they want an apology and they want openness and transparency. and the nhs historically has been poor at providing that two families. there are some exceptional areas of good practice within the nhs, and there is movement on this, for example, there is a new set of guidance called learning from deaths which has used a lot of families' experience who have been bereaved and if it is put into practice, this will result in a better experience for people. medicine is in 80 high risk and people die in the nhs but we should always be asking questions about whether we can do better, and that the purpose of our campaign. and so many junior cheers that the purpose of our campaign. and so manyjunior cheers came to her support in this case, i think thousands actually, is that because
they thought perhaps there for the grace of god go i, that they are dealing with terrible frontline pressures every day and that they one day would make up terrible mistake? yes, and i think every doctor who you speak to has been through the training system will have their own experience. i was involved in a situation where i was a first—yearjunior doctor where involved in a situation where i was a first—year junior doctor where a patient had less than perfect care andl patient had less than perfect care and i was part of that. the difference being that in my situation, it was dealt with much better with the family, the family complained appropriately, the consultant met the family and was open and honest and there was a meeting where we all sat down together and is talked to that family about what had happened. subsequently one of the main issues with my case was that a drug which is complicated to use had no form of good documentation and that was the change that resulted and as a result of practice became safer and that family were happy with that outcome. good to talk to you. there is more on that story tonight
on panorama at half—past eight on bbc one. a london model has been found guilty of killing his fashion rival in a row over a girlfriend. george koh stabbed fellow model harry uzoka in the heart after he went to settle the dispute, accompanied by two friends. mr uzoka, who was armed with a dumbbell bar, died in the street outside his shepherd's bush home. adina campbell reports. harry had already made a name for himself with some of the biggest high—street rancid. he was also an aspiring actor and had just been offered a role in a british film. but the 25—year—old's life was cut short earlier this year. a growing
view with one of the defendants, a fellow model, had fled to a fight. the pair fell out over claims of george had slept with harry. heated m essa 9 es we re george had slept with harry. heated messages were then sent on social media and on the day of the fight in west london poll harry and a friend decided to arm themselves with dumbbell bars. but george had if knives and with him were the other two defendants. it was here next to this housing estate in west london where the fight took place. the fight itself lasted just a couple of minutes. harry's friend managed to escape but for harry, that wasn't the case. he was stabbed in the chest several times. he was able to stumble back to his home nearby but his injuries were so serious, the emergency services couldn't save him. one of harry's closest friends says he was surprised to find out he's been involved in a fight, something he believes was out of
character. that part of the story was the most shocking. i cried a lot andi was the most shocking. i cried a lot and i think i probably stopped crying, like, the day after and i think maybe a couple of weeks went by and then it really hit me. two men have been found guilty of murdering harry. they are both in their 20s and they had claimed they had acted in self defence. but the jury had acted in self defence. but the jury at the old bailey didn't believe them. a third man has been found guilty of manslaughter. all three men will be sentenced next month. how would you like people to remember harry? he was a light, he truly was a light. if anyone could get anything from harry's life, forget the modelling, forget like what he attained, really look at how
he made people feel. the government has launched an initiative to end rough sleeping on england's streets within a decade. ministers are promising millions of pounds "to help people turn their lives around", including support for mental health and addictions, and funding for housing. charities have welcomed the investment but say much more needs to be done to tackle the root causes of homelessness, in particular the lack of safe, affordable homes. graham satchell has more. we are on the streets of east london with homelessness charity st mungo's. 0utreach workers do this every night, checking parks, streets, doorways. this man, who didn't want to be identified, told us he had drug and mental health problems. he's been sleeping rough for four months. i got evicted because i didn't engage with a couple of services and they didn't like that, the fact i wasn't engaging. they thought i wasn't willing to sort myself
out so they evicted me. that's how i became homeless. it's quite hard. and it's quite scary as well. most of the time when you're starving and hungry and you ain't got no money with nowhere to go and get some food. if you could say one thing to the government, what would you say to them? i would say help the homeless. give them a chance to change their life. the number of people sleeping on the street has more than doubled in a decade. today's announcement by the government promises £100 million to end rough sleeping in england by 2027. it includes £50 million for homes for people ready to move on from hostels and 30 million for targeted mental health services for rough sleepers. housing secretary james brokenshire on a visit to a homelessness hostel in london today. he says nobody should have to sleep rough and he wants to make it a thing of the past.
the 100 million is in respect of reprioritisation of our budget, around half of that is new money to rough sleeping and homelessness. but it is a question of prioritisation. that's why we know it is important. i know that there is more that we need to do in respect of dealing with the challenges of people being out the street. st mungo's and other charities have welcomed today's strategy but remain concerned about the causes of homelessness, like a lack of safe, affordable housing. what we're saying is that much more needs to be done. so it's a good start, but it'sjust the beginning. and to end rough sleeping by 2027 is going to take a lot more investment. labour says government cuts to benefits, housing and other services have caused the homelessness crisis. we know that rough sleeping is a huge problem. you just have to go out on the streets to see it. but what we've got from the government is a strategy that will reduce it byjust under a decade, which doesn't really reflect the scale of the problem at all.
and the investment they're announcing is a drop in the ocean. graham satchell, bbc news. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan is here. michael, first of all, put this into some sort of context. why has there been such a rise in the number of homeless people in the last seven yea rs, homeless people in the last seven years, the figure has gone up and ? years, the figure has gone up and up...? well, for years, the figure has gone up and up. . . ? well, for some years, the figure has gone up and up...? well, for some people years, the figure has gone up and up. . . ? well, for some people there is clearly a lack of housing, private rent has gone up, their tenancy has ended, they can't afford to find somewhere else and they don't become eligible for support from the local authority and so they end up sleeping rough. but on top of that and much more common, certainly with a number of rough sleepers i have spoken to in recent times, has been cuts to drug and alcohol services, many of them claim they're waiting and have been waiting for months and months and months to get into some sort of rehab service. tens of millions pounds have been
cut from those services in recent yea rs. cut from those services in recent years. and also rising thresholds for mental health support, so people can't get the mental health support they need and that leads to them having difficulties with their tenancy and that leads to them becoming homeless. so it is simply providing more houses will not end rough sleeping in and of itself. you have to address the mental health issues and the drug and alcohol issues and the drug and alcohol issues as well. this is a bold initiative from the government, they're saying they are effectively going to end the problem on english streets within a decade — is that realistic? well, it is certainly bowled, as you say. there was an initiative started 28 years ago under a previous conservative government which ran on up until 2008 and it managed to reduce rough sleeping in london in particular, which was the main area for rough sleeping at the time, by about two thirds but it still meant that there we re thirds but it still meant that there were around 500 sleepers in london on any single night. there aren't many people who frankly think that you will eradicate rough sleeping
but there are an awful lot of people who think that the government could do more. this is a step in the right direction, a lot of charities would say but there are other models and initiatives out there which might have a more dramatic effect. and they're promising lots of money, £100 million, is that new money? well, they have struggled all day to provide an answer to that. the last e—maili provide an answer to that. the last e—mail i got from the ministry of housing, it did not even taught up to 100 million, it got up to 81 million. they say that office 100 million, 55 of it new money but i think that depends on what your devotion of new is. they say it is new money towards rough sleeping initiatives from the ministry's existing budget rather than additional money from the treasury. michael, thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news... a doctor who was struck off over the death of a six—year—old boy has won her appeal to practise medicine again. in sport, dina asher—smith is back
home after starring in the european championships in berlin. she completed the spring trouble, a first for a british athlete at a major championships. —— the sprint treble. tiger woods will be waiting to see if he is going to play in the ryder cup next month. he was runner—up last night in the tournament. the us captain has got four captain's picks to make. england have named an unchanged squad for the third test at trent bridge. i will have more sport for you in the next 15 minutes. the website ticketmaster is to shut down its secondary resale sites
seatwave and get me in in an effort to tackle touts. the sites, along with other similar outlets, have been criticised by fans and artists alike, because tickets were often sold for an inflated price. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. it is notjust concertgoers who have been unhappy with the activities of ticket touts. artists like ed sheeran have long campaigned for a fairer deal for fans from secondary sites when it comes to tickets for their tours. today's announcement from ticketmaster that it is closing down the two secondary sites it owns has been seen as a major step forward. in a statement the company said... ticketmaster has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to combat overpriced tickets from touts because it also owns
seatwave and get me in which take a cut of the profits from the sales of tickets that are often being resold at highly inflated prices. instead ticketmaster will set up a new exchange system where tickets cannot be sold for more than the original price. that's what the website twickets has been doing for some time. it's the reason artists like ed sheeran and adele have chosen it for the official reselling of tickets to their concerts. should ticketmaster have done this years ago? in our view, yes. we welcome any change and the change today is great news but ideally yes, everybody should operate in the way we have done over the last six years. protect the consumer, protect the fans, who are constantly being ripped off by the secondary market, whether that be through the excess of ticket prices or the fees they are charged to trade. this move will not stop touts completely. tickets are still being sold at
increased prices for profit on sites like ebay and viagogo. earlier this year, ed sheeran's promoters cancelled more than 10,000 tickets for his stadium tour that had been resold on viagogo. the singer has been one of the leaders for the campaign group the fanfare alliance. it welcomed the news today but also said more had to be done to prevent touts exploiting the passion of fans for their favourite artists. lizo mzimba, bbc news. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says he would "of course" be open to the labour party adopting, in full, the internationally recognised definition of anti—semitism including all examples. the party has faced criticism that its new code of conduct isn't adequate. 0ur correspondent in westminster isjonathan blake. jonathan, this is a row which has
been plaguing the labour party right through the summer, has mr corbyn's line on anti—semitism changed at all now? no, but he has suggested that it might. today, mr corbyn was asked about the possibility of labour adopting the international holocaust remembrance alliance's full definition of anti—semitism and all its examples in full. because as we know and as we've been talking about for the last few weeks and months, the labour party has its own code of conduct when it comes to anti—semitism, and that adopts the definition and all but one of the exa m ples definition and all but one of the examples in full. now, after the labour party's examples in full. now, after the labour pa rty‘s national examples in full. now, after the labour party's national executive committee meeting last month, when it adopted that code of conduct, it decided to consult with the djourou edged immunity and others about that one example, which the labour party in its own mind has strengthened. —— with the jewish
in its own mind has strengthened. —— with thejewish community. to allowing mr corbyn's words today proper debate and also criticism of the israeli government in pertaining to its actions towards the palestinian people but not, crucially, he says, to do so with any anti—semitic intent. so, after criticism from trade unions, the labour party's criticism from trade unions, the labour pa rty‘s own criticism from trade unions, the labour party's own mps and many others, would the party, he was asked, change its position and adopt the definition and all the examples in full? of course, consultation means you consult and listen to people, and what the national executive did at its meeting in july was to agree a very comprehensive code of conduct, the most sophisticated, toughest code of conduct of any political party in britain, to drive out any form of racism and any form whatsoever of anti—semitism in the party. agreed on the definition, the ihra definition of anti—semitism, and agreed on almost all of the examples. we expect a decision early next
month from the party on its code of conduct around anti—semitism. mr corbyn was also asked today about his attendance in 2014 at the palestinian martyrs cemetery in tunisia. this is a story which has surfaced again. he answered questions on this during the election campaign last year, when his attendance first came to light. the daily mail has published photos this morning showing him at that cemetery. and the criticism against mr corbyn is pertaining to exactly what he was doing there. now, he was there at the end of a conference which had been called by the president of tunisia, calling together different factions of the palestinian movement to try to create a unity government and mr corbyn has always said that he was there and took part in a wreathlaying ceremony, where the victims of an airstrike attack in
1985 on the palestinian liberation organisation's headquarters in tunisia took place. what is less clear is his involvement in a separate wreathlaying ceremony at a memorial to those who were accused of carrying out the attack and killings of israeli athletes at the 0lympic killings of israeli athletes at the olympic games in munich in 1972, alleged members of the black september terrorist group. mr corbyn was asked today whether he took part in that wreathlaying ceremony. a wreath was indeed laid by some of those who attended to those who were killed in paris in 1992. were you involved? i was present when it was laid i don't think i was involved in it. i was there because i wanted to see a fitting memorial to everybody who has died in every terrorist incident everywhere, because we have to end it. you can't pursue peace by a cycle of violence, only by a cycle of dialogue.
now, his words, i don't think i was actually involved in it, are far from beyond doubt and it will leave mr corbyn's critics some room to step in and say that he is not entirely sure of what he was doing there. the jewish entirely sure of what he was doing there. thejewish labour entirely sure of what he was doing there. the jewish labour mp entirely sure of what he was doing there. thejewish labour mp lucy annaberg is one who has tweeted this afternoon saying, being present is the same as being involved. when i attend a memorial, my presence alone demonstrates my association and my support. where is the apology? she asks. also his political opponents asks. also his political opponents as you might expect are weighing in on this. the home secretary, sajid javid, has said mr corbyn should resign. but the labour party are pushing back hard, saying that the munich widows are being misled, the widows of the israeli athletes killed in the attack in 1972 who we re killed in the attack in 1972 who were quoted in the daily mail saying jeremy... meanwhile the tory party
have problems of their own after boris johnson's burka comments, have problems of their own after borisjohnson's burka comments, of course. and the latest twist on that is that the muslim councillor britain have written to the prime minister tonight asking her to make sure that there is no whitewash in the investigation into mrjohnson's remarks? that's right. we know boris johnson, complaints against boris johnson's comments, are being looked at by the conservative party internally as part of a disciplinary procedure after he wrote in the daily telegraph last week that women who wear the burka look like bank robbers and letterboxes. the muslim councillor britain, which was highly critical of his comments at the time, has written to the prime minister and it is a letter which offers her support, saying that she should continue to show the leadership she has shown on this issue and also calls for an investigation, a full and transparent inquiry, to be undertaken as soon as possible. so,
making their feelings clear, not necessary criticising the prime minister or the party's approach but making it clear that it wants a full inquiry to be done. time for a look at the weather. it has been a funny old day. there has been a limited amount of sunshine, more across wales and the south—west. also some storm clouds like this developing. heavy and thundery downpours, quite slow moving across northern england and down towards east anglia. patchy rain and drizzle in scotland are worthwhile. wet weather around this evening, chiefly across northern and eastern parts of england. the storms will slowly decay as we approach midnight or the early hours of the morning. it should become dry in the
north of scotland. temperatures 12 to 14 degrees overnight. into tomorrow, we will find some rain brushing northern ireland, coming into scotland. not too much for eastern scotland. there will be few showers around. the cloud will build up, limiting the sunshine in the afternoon. temperatures similar to today. 25 celsius in the south—east of england and more rain to come in the north west. this is bbc news.
the headlines... a doctor, who was struck off over the death of a six—year—old boy, has won her appeal to practise medicine again. dr hadiza bawa—garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in 2015 over the death ofjack adcock, who died of sepsis. iam very i am very pleased with the outcome but i wanted to pay tribute and remembered jack adcock, a wonderful little boy. the murder of 25 year old model harry uzoka. two men are found guilty at the old bailey. the government promises more money to eradicate homelessness in england by 2027 and help deal with mental health problems and addictions. but labour says the plan doesn't go far enough. 0llie has the latest bought for us.
dean asha smith has returned home after her brilliant week in berlin at the european championships when she became the first british athlete to co m plete she became the first british athlete to complete the sprint treble 100 metre, 200 meter and 100 meter relay titles. she broke national records with world leading times. this is much better than just european performance full looking forward to the world championships next year in doha and beyond that the tokyo 0lympics. for now she is enjoying all the attention and the medals. definitely not used to this. i'm am not the kind of person who hands out the limelight. that is not me at all. i do not think i will ever get used to this kind of thing. it is heart—warming to see so many
people taking an interest in athletics. they want to see a british beam outsprinted doing so well. tiger woods is going to have to wait till next month to see if he gets a wild card to play at the ryder cup. us have confirmed the first eight members of their team who have qualified by right for the eventin who have qualified by right for the event in paris. he finished in the top ten at the open. he is back into the top 30 in the world for the first time in four years. forjim furyk, who has four extra picks to make the case for tiger woods is difficult to ignore. what is important is how well tiger has played. second place at the pga. i think the word he used is trending to describe his game. wait to see him playing well. the numbers are nice, good to look at but not always the most important. we want the players who will help us to be successful. here are the automatic picks. real heavyweights in now for the us
and the newly crowned pga champion, brooks koepka. brooks will travel no matter what. fitness permitting he is almost certainly going to take pa rt is almost certainly going to take part as a player. england have named an unchanged 13 man squad. no place for ben stokes, whose court case for affray at bristol crown court continues. england are two up in the five test series. his replacement, chris woakes, will retain his place in the 11 after a maiden test century at lord's. moeen ali to contest for the spinners birth. adam and simon yates are going to race together for that australian team,
mitchelton—scott. 0ne together for that australian team, mitchelton—scott. one of the twins was always scheduled to take part. adam has also decided to take part. the race starts at malaga on the 25th of this month. danny carey who coached the british women to olympic hockey gold has switched to the men's team. he has been appointed as successor to bobby crutchley, who stepped down earlier this year. he says he is excited by the opportunity am proud of how the women he has coached inspire future generations of hockey players will stop that is all the sport announced a much more on the bbc sport website. that is all for now. let's return now to the government's rough sleeping strategy which has been unveiled today. the housing secretary james brokenshire said he wanted to make homelessness a "thing of the past." the £100 million proposal includes a vow to bring an end to rough sleeping in england by 2027. under the proposals,
around £30 million will be spent on mental health services. with 50 million being put towards homes outside of london for those who are ready to move on from hostels or refuges. but there have been questions raised about where the money to fund the plans has come from. the housing secretary visited a facility for homeless people in london today. here's what he had to say. around half of the sum that we have committed is new money to rough sleeping and homelessness because it is about prioritising the budget that i have as to where they need is. and this does not reflect on other funding we have already put in place. so, for example, this year we have already committed £30 million through our rough sleeping initiative, to target resource to local authorities with the most acute need and therefore the pressures we know are there, the difference we want to make and how i am committed to seeing we are seeing people off the street, getting the support they
need and really making a difference. charities have welcomed the plan as a "step forward" but warn it isn't a total fix for the issue. homelessness has been on the rise in england over the past seven years. latest figures from the charity shelter show that more than 4,750 people were estimated to be sleeping rough last year. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, described the situation as a "moral crisis" and said the government's strategy didn't go far enough. rough sleeping has doubled since 2010. they seem to have very limited aspirations and there is no new money available at all for it. anyone who meets or sees rough sleepers realises two things — they are human beings just like all of us and they have had disasters in our lives and, secondly, they need somewhere to live so they can contribute to our society. i talk to rough sleepers almost every day in my
own constituency. they are good, decent people. they have just had bad luck in life and, so, i'm determined that a labour government would immediately purchase 8000 properties to give immediate cover and safety for those people in rough sleeping. amy varle was made homeless at the age of 16 after her family unit broke down — she's now a social housing strategist. she's in our salford studio. thank you so much for being with us. tell us first of all about your experience of being homeless and how you ended up in that situation. experience of being homeless and how you ended up in that situationlj ended up homeless through something which happens to lots of people, my pa rents which happens to lots of people, my parents relationship broke down and they went to live in different houses and i was caught up in the middle of that and troubled at the time and handlebar is really difficult lee. i ended up moving on
into temporary accommodation. —— and handlebar at in a difficult way. i saw people are much worse positions than i was ever in. i do have an understanding of what it feels like to have no stable home. i have a lot of empathy with people in that situation as well. i have a positive experience of homelessness with lots of intensive support. i had a lovely home. even though was a temporary accommodation placement, it was a lovely and warm home. that gave me the stepping stones i needed to move on with my life make a change and get back into society and contributing again. the numbers of people now who are homeless, it is rising every year and has been for the last seven years. thousands on the last seven years. thousands on the streets of england, 4500. why do you think the numbers are going so fast? i think, for me, you think the numbers are going so fast? ithink, for me, homelessness is predominantly a housing issue and
we need to look at the provision of homes and building homes and the supply of homes and how we allow people to access times, whether in the public sector, the private sector, social housing. we do not have enough homes and we couple that with insecurities in benefits systems. we are still recovering from a recession where people have lost jobs from a recession where people have lostjobs and we are still picking up lostjobs and we are still picking up the pieces from. we know it is ha rd up the pieces from. we know it is hard times of austerity in our country and that is having a knock—on effect. we need to pool our resources together and look at how we will tackle the issue at strategic and government level. that will take lots of input from lots of different organisations, lots of people. i believe it can be done and will make a lot of difference. the government is saying it is going to try to eradicate the problem com pletely try to eradicate the problem completely make a thing the past in the next decade. is it a dream or it
realistic? i would love to see a world with no homelessness in it. when i started designing my solutions for homelessness in 2012, i had solutions for homelessness in 2012, ihada solutions for homelessness in 2012, i had a vision of, let's eradicate homelessness and remove all together. since then i have done lots of work with homeless people and organisations supporting homeless people. i have been across to america and researched over there and looked at homelessness on a totally different scale to what we are seeing here in britain. now, my view is, we're always going to have a stream of people coming through who have social issues and social needs and are not able, without support, to meet the requirements of the tenancy agreement. i think we are going to always have the problem but what we can do is to create a really robust system that comes into being very quickly. i have changed my ethos. i would like to make
homelessness a choice. if you find yourself in a homeless position, there are numerous options available to you and there will be one of the options you want to take and will work for you. that is my aim. let's make homelessness of choice. the government is talking about £100 million it will pour into tackling this. there is a debate about how much is new money. how would you spend the 100 million? is it on new housing? i would love to have that budget. to people like you and i sounds like a huge amount of money to solve homelessness. actually we are spending over £1 billion a year responding to homelessness in the uk at present. it is a fantastic start. what i really like about this initiative is, it is bringing in support in lots of different areas, for different sections of people who
are homeless with different social needs. it is bringing in lots of different organisations to work and collaborate. it is a great start and will encourage lots more investment in homelessness and homelessness solutions. thank you for coming on the programme. amy was homeless at the programme. amy was homeless at the age of 16 and is now social housing strategist. the lawyers in the case of an england cricketer ben stokes accused of affray outside a nightclub in bristol last year have been summing up their cases. the 27 year old, and another man ryan ali, deny the charge. andy moore is at bristol crown court for us. so, the prosecution started this morning by reminding thejury so, the prosecution started this morning by reminding the jury what the charge of affray was. it was an act of violence where any reasonable person would fear for safety. in this case, ben stokes might have started out replying to an act of aggression. a bottle was waived in
his direction. then the derivatives demonstrated plainly and clearly that ben stokes moved from defence and became the aggressor himself. he talked to the prosecutor about ben stokes in the witness box and he said he was trying to explain and justify himself. he said it was plain that ben stokes was lying. he says he acted deplorably as the red mist came down. we heard from the defence who said there were big holes in the prosecution case. he said his client has acted to defend himself and others. he was trying to protect two gay men from homophobic abuse. the defence for ben stokes said what he did was to take reasonable actions. he went on to say a person cannot say the exact measure of defensive actions in such an adrenaline filled incident. now, thejudge has finished his an adrenaline filled incident. now, the judge has finished his summing up. so the case is effectively
closed for the day. the jury has been sent home. it will start its deliberations to find ben stokes guilty or not guilty at 10am tomorrow. the headlines on bbc news. a doctor who was struck off over the death of a six—year—old boy has won her appeal to practise medicine again. the murder of 25 year old model harry 0zkau — two men are found guilty at the old bailey. the government launches a drive to eradicate homelessness in england within a decade. artificial intelligence can diagnose eye disease as accurately as some of the world's leading experts. research by moorfields eye hospital in london and the google company deepmind, found that a machine could learn how to read complex eye scans and detect more than 50 types of disease. 0ur medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. it is quite right. 0n the brink of
going blind, elaine poss ‘s site was saved by doctors at moorfields eye hospital. this scan showed she needed urgent treatment. there is a growth of abnormal blood vessels under the retina. artificial intelligence have learned how to interpret the complex images. the computer analysed 1000 patients gangs using a set of rules, an algorithm, and was able to detect over 50 eye conditions and did not miss a single, urgent case. this is a jaw dropping result. i think it will make most eye specialists garth became as we have shown that this algorithm is as good as some of the world's leading experts in interpreting these scams. using
artificial intelligence to diagnose eye disease could be a game changer. that is because at present doctors are swamped by the number of scans they have to read and some patients go blind before they get treated.|j can see the leaves, the detail is not sharp. 200 people a day in the uk likea not sharp. 200 people a day in the uk like a lame develop the blinding form of age—related macular degeneration. she only has vision in her right eye and welcomes the advent of artificial intelligence in health care. it is extraordinary, absolutely brilliant. people will be empowered because their site will be saved through this artificial intelligence, this algorithm, and they will not be disabled by not having sight at all. google's london headquarters is home to its artificial intelligence company, deep mined. they developed the
algorithm to interpret the scan is. we are looking at eye disease but we're also looking at plans for radiotherapy treatment. it could ta ke radiotherapy treatment. it could take specialists eight hours to plan treatment for complex cancers and whether we can use artificial intelligence to identify breast cancer more effectively and earlier through mammography screening. artificial intelligence is said to have a profound impact in health care. freeing up clinicians to spend more time with patients. not eve ryo ne more time with patients. not everyone will be happy with the tech giant like google having access to health data. so the people at deepmind will need to ensure that patient confidentiality and data protection are embedded in everything they do. the eye research results, published in the journal, nature medicine, are so promising that artificial intelligence looks likely to play a key role in the nhs within just a few years.
fergus walsh, bbc news. cuba — a country which has historically had a reputation for homophobia — could become the latest country to approve gay marriage, after changes to the country's draft new constitution were approved by the national assembly. the document will be sent out to every corner of the island today for a process of national public debate, before being put to a referendum later this year. will grant reports from havana. hot off the presses — cuba's new constitution. 0rdinary cubans are only now digesting a completely newly written magna ca rta. big changes are proposed, like recognising private property and redefining marriage as between two people, notjust a man and a woman. paquito and miguel are two people who have been together for 15 years. on an island renowned for the homophobic attitudes of its past, this change, they say, is long overdue. translation: i took a long time to come out of the closet,
because i had no points of reference around me. there was no information about it. back then, it was a problem and a stigma. translation: we're trying to say there isn't a single type of family. the nuclear family isn't the only one that exists. that's what we're fighting for. cuban society hasn't always been this understanding towards gay men and women. in the worst years of the 1970s, homosexual people were exiled, sent to work camps or even prison. today, people seem to want to rectify mistakes of the past, except for one institution which still won't budge on gay rights — the church. in this methodist church in havana, the congregation is deeply committed. but when it comes to the question of same—sex marriage, the message is not one of tolerance. translation: we have distributed material which talks about the original design
of the family, that is the family as it has always been known, and we're going fight with all of our strength to make sure this measure isn't included in the constitution. still, it's expected same—sex marriage will be approved. the main supporter the lesbian and gay community have on the island is mariela castro, the daughter of raul castro, and the influential head of the homosexual rights commission. at a recent gay pride march in havana, symbolic weddings were held with blessings from sympathetic members of the church. by the time the next pride comes around, paquito and miguel, who have already brought up a son together, hope they might be able to get married for real. will grant, bbc news, havana. we're going to take you back to our main news, the fact the doctor has
won the right to practice having been struck off the medical register when a child died in her care. the child died after developing sepsis in 2011. it said an earlier decision to suspend herfor one in 2011. it said an earlier decision to suspend her for one year should stand. in the last few minutes we have been hearing from the mother of the boy, jack adcock. she has been giving her reaction to the court ruling today. i was gobsmacked. i could not believe the phone call i received. i am disgusted and devastated. ijust cannot understand how someone can be charged with gross negligence, manslaughter, struck off the register by the general medical council and then be reinstated. she has now been in front of nine high courtjudges. what are the other
judges saying? the other six did not do theirjobs right? it makes a mockery of the justice system. it also sets a precedent for doctors to be able to do whatever they want. you might as i'll give them a green card. she did not make one mistake or two mistakes, all three mistakes, she made 21 mistakes that day. all human errors, except one, which was a system error. people keep forgetting that. i cannot believe that no one is interested... the nhs, we are the people who have to go to these hospitals. i could properly guarantee you now, because eve ryo ne properly guarantee you now, because everyone knows about the case, it is such a high—profile case, everyone will lose trust and faith in the nhs. iam will lose trust and faith in the nhs. i am sure i have cost you cannotjudge all doctors nhs. i am sure i have cost you cannot judge all doctors and nhs. i am sure i have cost you cannotjudge all doctors and nurses with the same brush, i understand that. however, ido with the same brush, i understand that. however, i do not think... it does not matter. they are given a
green card and they can do what they want. we'll sit think it is now probably, giving other people a chance who have been struck off before, the chance to appeal because they are probably thinking, she has been charged with gross negligence, manslaughter, mine is not as bad as that, i will appeal. manslaughter, mine is not as bad as that, iwillappeal. i manslaughter, mine is not as bad as that, i will appeal. i think they have opened a can of worms. the mother of jack adcock whose son died in that case. expressing her anger saying she is disgusted with the decision. more on that on the bbc news channel. now the time to catch up news channel. now the time to catch up with the weather. some areas have had torrential downpours and thunderstorms. here is one, amidst the storm cloud. 0ut towards the west and south—west of england it has been a much quieter
day. the cloud is not as high, it is a little bit thinner and so it is generally drive. the storm you can see on the borders the north of england and east anglia are drifting slowly southwards. a few are still around into this evening. for most of wales and the south—west of properly be drive. sun in the midlands. it should be a dry end to the day for northern ireland, pretty cloudy. a limited amount of sunshine across scotland, central and northern areas. we are seeing rain and drizzle. most of the wet weather is in the line of storms which shall slowly decay as we head into the early hours of the morning. becoming drier overnight, becoming quieter. temperatures falling no lower than 12,13, temperatures falling no lower than 12, 13, 14 degrees across most of the country. introduced again wednesday, we have this line, this
weather front stretching into the atla ntic weather front stretching into the atlantic producing pockets of rain. high pressure building up in the azores. some cloud and outbreaks of rainfor azores. some cloud and outbreaks of rain for northern ireland. into scotla nd rain for northern ireland. into scotland the heavier rain more across the hills in western scotland. much better day for the eastern side of england. temperatures very similar to those of today, up to around 25. into wednesday, still the same weather front in the north—west. more widespread rain, heavy rain in northern ireland and scotland are also into north—west of england, pushing into wales. still dry with sunshine in the south—east. a strong, gusty, westerly winds. temperatures up to 25, 20 six. the rain on the weather front, because the jet stream is dipping further south—west pushes the weather front towards the south east bringing rain
early on thursday in the south—east of england but drawing down cooler and fresh air. temperatures will drop by thursday. there will be sunshine around with showers in the north—west. 0n the whole we are keeping atlantic winds. that means the more unsettled weather will be in the north—west of the uk. it will be warmer in the south east. a doctor struck off after being convicted of gross negligence manslaughter wins the right to practise again. the court of appeal said hadiza bawa—garba, convicted in 2015, did "not present a continuing risk to patients". i can't see myself being anybody else but a practising doctor saving the community, so of course when i got the news that i could be given the opportunity to work again, i was very pleased. her conviction was over 6—year—old jack adcock who died in 2011 of sepsis — his mother criticised today's ruling. i'm disgusted, i'm devastated.
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