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tonight at ten: a revised pay award of 3% will now be put in place for most health workers in england. after an exceptionally challenging year, some staff warn that it might not be enough to reward the immense efforts made. morale is extremely low. there's a lot of people leaving the nhs. leaving the health sector more widely, and i think that is a direct consequence of years of being undervalued. we'll be considering reaction to the offer, which comes just a few months after an offer of 1%. also tonight: more migrants have crossed the english channel to the uk so far this year than for the whole of 2020. horrifying conditions in china, following the heaviest rain in the country since records began. liverpool is no longer
a world heritage site, because of new developments on the famous waterfront. and injapan, team gb have started their olympic campaign successfully, as the women's football side beat chile. and coming up in the sport on the bbc news channel, the oval invincibles win the opening game of cricket's new hundred competition, as a new era begins. good evening. months after rejecting a pay offer of 1%, most nhs staff in england have now been awarded 3% — "in recognition of the unique impact of the pandemic" according to the government. back in march, the department for health and social care said 1% was all it could afford. the 3% rise is being given to staff including nurses, paramedics, consultants,
dentists and salaried gps and is backdated to april this year. but some health unions have already warned that the rise in no way reflects the immense efforts made by nhs staff over the past year. our health editor hugh pym has the latest. nhs staff are at full stretch again, many on the front line since the start of the pandemic say they are exhausted and now there is the daunting thought of another surge in covid patients. that is the backdrop to today's eagerly awaited announcement. what do we want? when do we want it? now. demonstrations by health unions at westminster this week served as a reminder of the anger felt at the government's original offer in england, and the desire for a significant pay rise. a&e is very intense. amy, a member of the royal college of nursing, told me how she and her colleagues felt. morale is extremely low. there's a lot of people
leaving the nhs. leaving the health sector more widely, and i think that is a direct consequence of years of being undervalued, on top of the extra pressure that we faced working through the pandemic. her union, the rcn, said today's pay decision would make it even harder to recruit and retain staff. in march, the government offered a pay rise of 1% to most nhs staff in england, which was widely criticised by unions. later that month, the scottish government announced a 4% wage increase for most health workers. today, the government says it will pay 3% extra this year in england, accepting pay review body recommendations, and the welsh government says it will do the same. the latest pay award in england includes nurses, paramedics and consultants, although notjunior doctors. £1,000 per yearfor the average nurse, and £540 more per yearfor many porters and cleaners. the health secretary, who is self isolating, gave his view via social media.
i am sure that this pay rise will make a real difference to people's lives, not only putting more money in their pockets, but showing them how much we value and respect the heir incredible contributing to our nation. but senior doctors have called for bigger pay rises to compensate, they said, for below inflation increases in previous years. we are disappointed. we wanted more than 5% to make up for our one third pay loss since 2008. so 3% is a long way below that, clearly not as bad as the 1% we were originally offered but we are still very disappointed with the offer overall. consultants will be surveyed by their union, the bma, on whether they might take protest action, such as an overtime ban. 0ther unions have branded the pay award as insulting and grossly inadequate. it will be down to each of them to consult members and gauge how strongly feelings might be running. and hugh is here.
first, it is an award, it is not an offer. with that in mind, are unions likely to demand more? in offer. with that in mind, are unions likely to demand more?— offer. with that in mind, are unions likely to demand more? in effect the government — likely to demand more? in effect the government are _ likely to demand more? in effect the government are saying _ likely to demand more? in effect the government are saying here - likely to demand more? in effect the government are saying here is - likely to demand more? in effect the government are saying here is the i government are saying here is the money, we are going to put it in your pay packets and one union source said they will have to ask members, what do you want to do? some might feel 3% is an improvement and take it, others might feel it doesn't go far enough. the british medical association's consultants will be asked if you want to take action like an overtime ban. junior doctors are on a different deal and are getting 2%. they're angry they're not getting the 3%. so there may be some unrest there. the health foundation think tank has said it has looked at the numbers and although 3% looks better than the
original offer, its at the tail end of the wider economy in terms of average earnings.— of the wider economy in terms of average earnings. people watching and others will _ average earnings. people watching and others will think, _ average earnings. people watching and others will think, how - average earnings. people watching and others will think, how does - average earnings. people watching | and others will think, how does this compare, set against the backdrop of other public services?— other public services? teachers in en . land other public services? teachers in england have _ other public services? teachers in england have been _ other public services? teachers in england have been told _ other public services? teachers in england have been told they - other public services? teachers in england have been told they will. other public services? teachers in i england have been told they will get a pay freeze. it is the same story for police officers in england and wales, although the underpaid £24,000 will get an uplift of £250 a year. ministers say that is what the rest of the public sector are getting, zero so, the nhs 3% should be seen as a reward for the work done. does this reflect what they have been through with the pandemic and for years before that. the number of migrants who've crossed the english channel to the uk so far this year
has now exceeded the total for all of 2020. it's led to the government's decision to give the french authorities an extra £54 million pounds to double the number of police patrolling the beaches of northern france. the home secretary priti patel denied that this was "throwing good money after bad", after a deal last year failed to bring results. our home editor mark easton has the latest. despite the home office throwing millions at the problem of migrants arriving on small boats, the numbers this year have already eclipsed the whole of last. it's an embarrassment for a government which promised to control the uk's borders and make the cross—channel smuggling route unviable. now, the home secretary's being accused of failing the unaccompanied child migrants who arrive at dover's tug haven. unable to find enough local authority places in england to take the children, the home office has resorted to holding them in this local immigration centre, patrolled by guards carrying handcuffs. we understand that between 15 and 20 unaccompanied migrant children are
currently accommodated in this government office building — in sleeping bags, on camp beds and reportedly without proper washing facilities or medical support. 0ne agency has said that the children's welfare is deteriorating. the bbc has obtained photographs of conditions in one holding centre — young boys sleeping on the floor, cushions for pillows and military—style camp beds, trying to get some rest in what looks like an office waiting room. how long have you been staying here? the home office has also taken over this holiday hotel in hythe, paying the owner more than £340,000 for a block book until september. inside, teenage migrants from iran. 0ne told me he'd been there for ten days already. i bumped into paula, who has been due to celebrate her birthday with a stay at the hotel, until the home office turned up. we drove down here to be told,
"we're taking in children." and i said, "i need an explanation, taking in children?" and they explained that, "we have got asylum seekers here for two months. government ministers were warned last year by the prisons' inspectorate and the children's commissioner that the welfare of vulnerable children was at risk without urgent action, but the home office has refused to force local authorities to take child migrants and with kent county council unable to take any more, the backlog building up in the county has seen a number of children waiting for over 100 hours for a place in care. the home office has 14 and 15—year—olds sleeping on camp beds... today, the home secretary was questioned by mps, demanding to know why warnings of a child welfare crisis were not heeded. there are many local authorities around the country that - quite frankly have written us to i and said they will not take asylum seekers or children and have been very firm in their resistance. - so it's important. that we continue to engage and work in a - collaborative manner on this.
the government insists its controversial nationality and borders bill will stop the people smugglers and the economic migrants, but campaigners say the vulnerable children on the the camp beds cannot wait for that law to have any effect. mark easton, bbc news, kent. for the first time, figures have been published showing the number of people living in care homes in england who died with covid. the care quality commission said more than 39,000 people died between april 2020 to march this year. the highest number of deaths in a single care home was 44. our social affairs correspondent alison holt has the story. over 18 bleak months, about 40,000 care home residents have died with covid in england and today's numbers show how the virus spread from care home to care home. well, hang on, young lady... among the many who died as the first wave reached its peak was 78—year—old robert henry. care homes were struggling to get the protective equipment and guidance they needed.
his daughter believes she saw firsthand the impact of that — more than 20 died in his home. there was staff you know going from room to room, not changing their ppe. i could see that what i was witnessing was the virus being spread amongst the residents of the care home. so many of the residents of my dad's care home passed away of this virus and i feel that was needless. dad... audric adamson also died in the first wave of the virus, his daughter fought along with other families to get this data released. we are dealing with grief, - you know under extraordinary lcircumstances and so it's important| to us to understand what happened. since april last year, care homes have had to notify the regulator for england when the death of a resident involved covid. today's data shows that 21 mainly
large homes have had 30 or more covid—related deaths. one single home lost 44 people. the numbers show at the start of the pandemic north—west and south—east care homes shown here in darker colours had the highest number of deaths — each with more than 3,000 residents lost. in the second wave, the south—east, which has a significant homes — had more than 3,300 deaths. the regulators emphasises that they found no particular link between standards of care in a home and the number of deaths. and for care providers the distress of the pandemic has provided yet more evidence of what they see as the crisis facing the system. linden house nursing home in somerset was hit by the virus at tend of last year. ten of their more than 20 residents died and 80% of staff were off. the home's owner recorded her desperation. there were so so few of us that able to work, who either weren't isolating, or hadn't got covid, and it was something that i never
ever ever dreamt that i would ever witness. i know our residents didn't suffer, theyjust didn't get the usual standard of care andist to live with that and it's really, really difficult. her county council helped with emergency staff, but overall she felt abandoned. at one point, i said to the team, i said, "we're going to have to close the home. this is unsafe. we are going to close the home." and i was told, "you can't close the home." i said, "well, why not?" and i was told, "well, no one else will take your covid—positive residents. " it was a living hell. i can't make it sound anything... ..better than that. and today's data will only increase the pressure from staff and families for a public enquiry into what happened soon. alison holt, bbc news. the latest government figures show 44,104 new infections in the latest 24—hour period,
which means an average of 47,696 new cases per day in the last week. there are 4,658 people in hospital with coronavirus and 73 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. 39,035 people have received a first dose of a vaccine in the latest 24—hour period. over 46 million pople have now had theirfirstjab. that's 88.1% of the adult population. and nearly 36.5 million people are now fully vaccinated, 69.1% of all uk adults. the labour leader sir keir starmer is self—isolating after one of his children tested positive for coronavirus. a spokesman said sir keir was already doing daily tests, and had tested negative this morning before he attended prime minister's questions. but in line with the rules, he and his family would now self—isolate. the heaviest rain since records began has caused devastation
in the central chinese province of henan. 200,000 people have been moved to safer areas, after water poured into an underground train system, trapping commuters inside carriages. at least 25 have died. the military have warned that a major dam "could collapse at any time", and soldiers have been mobilised to try to divert rivers which have burst their banks. chinese scientists say global warming has made china's annual flood season much more dangerous. our china correspondent robin brant sent this report. passengers on an underground train, trying to escape the approaching floodwater. instead, though, they found themselves standing still, silent, holding on as the levels rose around them. translation: the water was at shoulder level. . a child and i both nearly gave up. we were worn out. but i used my arm to hang on, and that's why i am bruised.
others in the carriage said air was the problem. translation: we broke half. of a window so air could get in, otherwise we would have choked. at least a dozen people lost their lives as the water overran the tunnels and then the trains. above ground, others faced a terrifying torrent. the muddy, brown waters of the yellow river trying to sweep them away. this was just one example of an impromptu rescue effort that succeeded. the impact of the floods has been widespread, the city of zhengzhou is the worst hit, at one point it had almost a year's worth of rainfall in just three days. over a million people have been affected. in the last few days, hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from in or around this city and millions more warned
about the impending floods, but the most troubling question that remains amidst the stench of dirty water here is how was it that a station on this line, on an underground metro system that's less than ten years old, came to be overwhelmed by rainwater and passengers left to die on the platform? china has mobilised its army, but not its leader. in a brief statement, president xijinping called for improvements to the system for early warnings. measures that are likely to be needed more as chinese scientists admit these once in a millennia rains could become more frequent as global warming makes for more dangerous weather. robin brandt, bbc news, zhengzhou in eastern china. the eu is being asked to change the way that trade between great britain and northern ireland is regulated. the protocol signed last year as part of the brexit outcome was aimed at preventing checks on the border between northern ireland and the irish republic. the uk government is worried
about goods no longer exportable from britain to northern ireland. our correspondent emma vardy reports. all is not rosy with northern ireland, still at the heart of the deadlock between the uk and the eu over brexit. added costs and suppliers either refusing to ship to northern ireland, or only agreeing to send large orders, have been some of the issues for garden centres, just one of many sectors affected. i think the reality for brexit to us was such a shock. we thought we had got ahead of brexit. we had been on every single zoom call we could with the local council, local governments. we took all the advice we could. even after all that, we still cannot get the paperwork to work. what difference would it make if the eu were to simplify things, for you? oh, it would be a dream. if we could get it simple, that it would just mean we could go back to our old ways of ordering as and when we need. it has had a dramatic effect on our cash flow. effect on our workload. order. today, the uk government laid down new demands for the eu, saying the burdens on business will get worse unless major
alterations are made. these proposals will require significant change to the northern ireland protocol. we do not shy away from that. we believe such change is necessary to deal with the situation we now face. we look to open a discussion on these proposals urgently. the protocol means there are thousands of new checks on goods crossing the irish sea, to avoid checks over the irish land border. the uk wants the eu to remove the need for checks and paperwork on many goods which are staying in northern ireland, with customs documents only needed for the products that are to be sold in the republic. another demand is for a complete standstill on the protocol while new negotiations take place. what we expected at the time was that we would be able to operate the protocol in a light—touch way, taking account of the delicate politics and the peace process in northern ireland and obviously, that is not how it has turned out. so that is why we need to move forward in a different way. the brexit arrangements continue to be divisive in northern ireland,
with protests in loyalist communities, who see the protocol as undermining their british identity, while nationalist politicians and the irish government are urging the uk to operate the protocol as was already agreed. we are still examining what the british government said. the european union will certainly examine with respect what the british government have said, but i think everyone has been clear that we don't see how a renegotiation would work. we already have a document there that is the fruit of years of negotiations. whether it is issues to do with plants orfood or animal products, the two sides are supposed to resolve any differences but the uk has already angered the eu by acting unilaterally, of its own accord, in all of those areas. there is legal action for that still ongoing. the eu says it will not renegotiate the protocol, and if the uk deviates further from the original agreement, it could have wider implications for the overall trade deal, affecting millions more consumers. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast.
the mayor of liverpool says she and many other people across the city are bewildered by the decision of unesco, the un's cultural body, to strip liverpool of its status as a world heritage site. liverpool was awarded the title in 2004, recognising its rich heritage as a major trading centre and port, and its architectural landmarks. but the world heritage committee says that developments on the city's waterfront have resulted in "irreversible loss". our correspondent colin paterson spent the day there. liverpool, a city with ambitions to build and regenerate, ambitions which have led to it being stripped of its unesco world heritage status after a secret ballot. the site of liverpool, maritime mercantile city, is deleted. the title brought prestige and helped attract international tourism. liverpool was chosen because of its history as a trading
centre and the splendour of its waterside buildings. it has been removed as unesco believes new developments have led to a serious deterioration of landmark areas. liverpool are playing the victim here. it's not unesco's fault. wayne showed a delegation around the city when they visited in 2011. this is devastating for liverpool. it's an embarrassment for liverpool. we've lost the status symbol of being up there with the taj mahal, the pyramids and the great wall of china. unesco say a major problem is everton's new stadium, which will start being built later this month in a disused dock. liverpool council say the new ground is more important than the world heritage title. i would say it is, definitely, - because at the moment the dock is completely decaying, - it doesn't serve any social value to the community around it. we wanted to open it up. that's what we thought - unesco were about as well, putting heritage in the heart of our community for- people to learn about it. 99, please!
but this decision even affects ice cream vans. are you going to repaint the van? it would cost me a lot of money if i had to. i don't think unesco are going to come after you. no, i hope not! liverpool city council says it will try to appeal the decision, but according to unesco, there is one less place of wonder in the world. colin paterson, bbc news, liverpool. the opening events of the tokyo 2020 olympic games have taken place, two days ahead of the formal opening ceremony on friday. thousands of athletes have arrived injapan for the games, which will be held without spectators as cases of coronavirus continue to rise. in rio in 2016, team gb finished second in the medal table, and our sports correspondent natalie pirks has been catching up with some of the british athletes. the wait has been a long one, but today tokyo finally welcomed the start of an olympics that many thought would never happen. the joy of a home run
was still there forjapan in the softball this morning, despite the empty stadium. that will be a recurring theme. parris. .. great britain's women were also off to a 2—0 winning start in the football. and white! yes! brilliant. but with only staff to cheer them on. for the athletes still waiting their turn, though, being here is a relief, regardless of the obstacles. we're lucky we are here. | no audience or audience, we're here to kind of do. the very bestjob we can. that's what we've prepared for and to be honest, - it'll still be amazing being in the arena, | it's an olympic games at the end of the day, | it's the biggest sporting event in the world. - the pandemic has changed everything. tokyo is in a state of emergency. this has been the longest thing ever. athletes like british sprinter asha philip faced huge waits at the airport. konnichiwa. tracking and health apps had to be installed onto phones and a negative test returned before they could leave hours later. covid has already caused chaos.
one british shooter pulled out today after a positive test back home, and for others, there's the threat of being deemed a close contact. this is the olympic games, i've worked my whole life for this. hurdlerjessie knight was pinged after her flight to tokyo. she is now one of a number already having to isolate. my heart dropped and to be honest, i thought i'd tested positive. but it was just that i was a close contact. i was really relieved. you don't want to miss 14 days of training, going into the biggest race of your life. so i was panicking, but to be honest, it was communicated so quickly that i would be able to train as long as we were providing those negative tests. if athletes were allowed to mingle with locals, they'd hear strong opposition from many about the games. but for 375 british athletes, the show goes on. for the first time, more than half of them are women. they will represent the country in 26 of 33 olympic sports. in 2016, great britain became the first country in history to improve its medal tally
immediately after a home games. this time around, the medal target is 45 to 70, and individual targets for sports have been scrapped. this is how hollie webb won the gold for great britain. . the new olympic motto for tokyo is, "faster, higher, stronger, together." sport's unique ability to deliver a feel—good factor has never been more needed. natalie pirks, bbc news, tokyo. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a very good night. good evening, i'm asad ahmad. in the last 72 hours, a teenager has been killed
good evening. it's been another day of hot sunshine for most parts of the uk, and in northern ireland, it looks like we have broken a record once again. 31.3 degrees at castlederg in county tyrone, provisionally the highest temperatures on record in northern ireland. the previous record was only sent last saturday. so, still a met office amber extreme heat warning in force here. also one for southern wales, parts of the midlands, down into the south west of england. and part of the reason for that heat warning is that temperatures really aren't falling far overnight. 11pm bringing temperatures still up into the 20s for some. as we head through the night, those temperatures won't fall an awful lot further. we will see some low cloud rolling in across northern and eastern scotland, parts of north east england. that'll retreat to the coasts through the day tomorrow. a few thunderstorms popping up, but for most, it's dry with hot sunshine. and in northern ireland tomorrow, well, we could be looking at temperatures up to 32 degrees. we may break that record once again. temperatures will come down through friday, and particularly into the weekend, which will bring some heavy downpours or some.
notice the wind is mostly and easterly so very light, pushing the heat towards the sow at the highest temperatures again on thursday could well be another record that remains to be seen. possibly up to 32. most of us mid to high 20s. friday still a very warm day, would not necessarily class it as a very hot day but warm enough, temperatures into the mid or high 20s to my notice and blue, some rain here and thunderstorms brewing just to the southwest of us. and this is an area of low pressure which will drag in fresh or atlantic air and push which will drag in fresh or atlantic airand push the which will drag in fresh or atlantic air and push the hot air towards more eastern parts of europe. this can be very slow moving thunderstorms and they can bring an awful lot of rainfall in a short space of time and that's to come this weekend, saturday and sunday especially across the southern half