NHS crackdown on free prescription items

Painkillers, hay fever medicine and gluten-free food are among the items that will no longer be available on the NHS.

Health bosses are set to wield the axe to cut back on costs that are deemed to be unnecessary, such as things that can be bought relatively cheaply in supermarkets.

Banning the items would save NHS a staggering £400 million per year.

Dr Hilary joined us in our discussion and supported the prescription ban. He told us "we have to use the money wisely" and "use the money for new drugs that can save lives."

The following items patients will pay for out of their own pockets:

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Painkillers, hay fever medicine and gluten-free food are among the items that will no longer be available on the NHS in a major planned shake-up by NHS England. Health bosses are set to wield the axe to cut back on costs that are deemed to be unnecessary, such as things that can be bought relatively cheaply in supermarkets.

  2. The UK will refuse to hand Brussels £50 billion to pay for its divorce from the European Union, David Davis has insisted. When Theresa May triggers Article 50 tomorrow, starting the two-year countdown to Brexit, the demands for cash will form one of the first stumbling blocks in the negotiations.

  3. Security barriers are being placed around Windsor Castle ahead of the next Changing of the Guard. Police said the decision was made following a review of security after the terror attack at Westminster last week. The extra protection was installed overnight.

  4. The new £1 coin becomes available from today. The current £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in over thirty years because of its vulnerability to sophisticated counterfeiters.

  5. Furious father films a police officer confiscating 27 daffodils from his young daughters after they picked them on council land to give to their mum on Mother's Day. They were 'told off' by a police officer, who said he had committed a criminal offence and later confiscated the 'handful' of flowers.

Shocking eyewitness report from the Westminster Attack

New footage has emerged of the moment Khalid Masood was shot dead. Former boxer, Fraser Clark was at Westminster at the time of the attack and was filming events, until taking cover himself. The video shows the attacker walking towards police holding a knife before being shot down by a plain clothed armed police officer. Fraser praised the work of the calm police officer who stepped through the crowd, and rescued the situation.

Fraser also described the attack on PC Keith Palmer as savage and relentless. He said Khalid Masood was full of rage with clear intent to kill, and seemingly ready to give his own life.

See the footage and interview in above video.

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Parents were told they are bottom of the class for packing extreme and worrying grub for their tots - including one who was given chocolate cake, a chocolate bar and a chocolate sandwich!

This morning parenting journalist Sally Peck, and Dad blogger Al Ferguson joined us to discuss if schools should check lunch boxes or let parents make their own choices.

And of course Piers had very strong opinions on the matter ....

Nigel Farage and Alastair Campbell clash over Brexit

I am genuinely worried that we have committed – and you have helped bring about – an act of economic and political suicide and that we are going to go into rapid decline

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As Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday we were joined by Nigel Farage and Alastair Campbell this morning. With their conflicting opinions and strong viewpoints a heated debate quickly ensued with Piers and Susanna attempting to referee the pair.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Two men remain in custody this morning over the Westminster attack as encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp faced criticism for potentially allowing terrorists to communicate undetected. A new arrest was made as part of the Westminster attack yesterday. A 30-year-old man was arrested at an address in Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts making him the 12th person to be held over the deadly plot.

  2. Rescue efforts are underway in a Japanese ski resort, after an avalanche happened overnight. Many are feared to be dead, including schoolchildren. It is thought that there were more than 50 people in the area at the time.

  3. Dozens have been injured after a suspected gas blast in Wirral. Two people have been seriously injured and 32 others are in hospital after several buildings collapsed in the suspected gas explosion. Emergency services were called to the 'major incident' in Bebington, Wirral, on Saturday night. North West Ambulance Service said two people were in a serious condition in hospital, while 32 others were being treated for minor injuries.

  4. A showdown is expected between the Prime Minister Theresa May and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The pair will meet in Scotland today. It comes a day before a crucial vote in Scotland on a second independence referendum, and two days before the government hits the button to trigger Article 50.

  5. Talks on forming a new Northern Ireland government have broken down. It looks as though no agreement between the 5 main parties will be reached before today's 4pm deadline. It will now come down to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, to make a decision as to what will happen next.

Lost in the Grand Canyon - a story of survival

Texas student Amber VanHecke, 24, survived in the Grand Canyon for five days after her car ran out of gas - surviving on emergency food and water. Fearing the worst, she started filming videos for her friends and family.

Eventually she made the bold decision to abandon shelter and walk 11 miles for phone signal. She left notes at the car explaining that she was walking east for help in case anyone came across it and wanted to find her.

She was eventually rescued by an air ambulance pilot as she walked back to her car where she had left notes for anyone that might come across it.

Amber joined us live from Dallas this morning. Still visibly shaken from the experience, she bravely told Kate and Ben her story, below.