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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. NHS plans to cut the number of hospitals and hospital beds, as well as centralise services in 44 different areas of the country, must go ahead - according to the health think tank the Kings Fund - if the NHS is to survive financially. The Kings Fund has told GMB the government must earmark more money for community and social care budgets, in order for the transformation to take place, and it's essential for the longevity of the health service.

  2. England's schools are suffering from worsening teacher shortages, particularly in key subjects such as physics and maths, MPs have warned. The Government has failed to deal with the problem, missing recruitment targets for the past five years in a row, according to the Commons Education Select Committee. In a highly critical new report, it called for urgent action, including more focus on retaining teachers once they are in the classroom, and suggesting a cap on the number of hours teachers work.

  3. Labour is calling for an urgent review of government plans to revalue shop business rates (first time in seven years), as hundreds of small businesses face closure. On average, companies will see their tax bill increase by a staggering 177% from April. In some cases it's 400 %. Campaigners say if rates increases, independent shops will be forced to close, as it's not an affluent area and it survives on seasonal trade.

  4. Many peers contribute "absolutely nothing" to Parliament, a former lord speaker claimed as she alleged one member kept a taxi running outside while signing in to collect the £300 daily allowance. Baroness D'Souza suggested the "sense of honour" that used to come with being a member of the House of Lords had been lost.

  5. Specialist police officers have begun excavation work at what is believed to be the former home of double murderer Christopher Halliwell. The 53-year-old taxi driver, of Swindon, Wiltshire, murdered Becky Godden, 20, in January 2003 and Sian O'Callaghan, 22, in March 2011. He was handed a rare life sentence - meaning he will never be released - at Bristol Crown Court last year after being convicted of Miss Godden's murder.

David Baddiel tells dad's dementia story with the help of comedy

I wanted to show that dementia is a dark rainbow, it's not just one thing

– David Baddiel

New documentary The Trouble With Dad sees David Baddiel tell the story of his father's dementia and it seems comedy has helped him and his family to come to terms with the disease.

He spoke to us this morning about making the decision to expose his dad and his battle with Pick's disease to the world by making the documentary with his brother - admitting he "wasn't sure about it at all".

However, he decided their father isn't "a figure of pity" and explained how dementia is far more "complicated" than we might think and how the documentary show this.

"At the end of the day we feel our dad comes across well," he told us.

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15,000 hospital beds have been cut - is the NHS at ‘breaking point’?

Is the NHS at "breaking point"?

Hospitals have cut 15,000 beds over the last six years leading to delays and cancelled operations, the British Medical Association warned. The report found that in the first week of January this year, almost three-quarters of trusts had a bed occupancy rate of 95% on at least one day.

Today we were joined by Dr Sarah Jarvis who expressed her concern over the current state of the NHS. She revealed that the hospitals problems stem from "cutting the beds without putting the services in place in the community".

An NHS improvement spokeswoman admitted that the NHS have been "under real pressure" and they're trying to "make more efficient use of the number of beds available".

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The man who 'died 27 times' and lived to tell the tale

Father-of-three Ray Woodhall has been labelled the "miracle dad" after he "died 27 times" but is now on the mend. Ray had a heart attack playing football and had to be resuscitated 27 times over a period of 24 hours.

On the football field Ray initially dismissed the off-duty male nurse who said he was having a heart attack telling us: "I thought I was dehydrated".

Thankfully the male nurse insisted that Ray should go to the hospital and upon his arrival there he started to have is cardiac arrests.

Ray also took the time to thank the hospital for their amazing care as the NHS have been heavily criticised. But despite his heart attacks and disapproval from his wife, Ray is determined to return to the football pitch in a few weeks time.

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Ranvir's blog: Brakes on Brexit?

GMB's Political Editor Ranvir Singh writes:

So, if you know anyone who's been divorced - it can be messy. You make the decision you want out but then it can be expensive and full of sometimes painful compromises.
The vote in the commons was the agreement that the marriage is over, but the next two weeks in the House of Lords, is the conversation with your lawyer - who you argue with over what you want from the divorce versus what your lawyer thinks is realistic.

Prisoner Charles Bronson’s fiancée admits: 'I’m taking a huge risk'

He’s a gentle giant and he is a gentleman

– Paula Williamson speaks on Charles Bronson

The nation wants to know - what made Paula Williamson fall in love with Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson?

The former Emmerdale and Coronation Street actress is now engaged to Charles and in an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain, she admitted she’s taking a “huge risk” marrying him. But she insists the relationship is the “real deal”.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. A coalition of cross-bench peers are expected to amend the Brexit bill to make clear that EU citizens who were in Britain before the referendum will be allowed to stay in Britain. The Lords have been warned by senior Conservatives that they face public outrage and even abolition if they go ahead with the amendments.

  2. Around 350,000 children are trapped in western Mosul, Save the Children warned on Sunday as Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on jihadists defending the strategic city. The charity's Iraq country director, Maurizio Crivellaro said: "This is the grim choice for children in western Mosul right now: bombs, crossfire and hunger if they stay -- or execution and snipers if they try to run".

  3. The NHS is at "breaking point", with a decline in the number of hospital beds leading to delays and cancelled operations, the British Medical Association warned. Analysis by the BMA found the number of overnight beds in English hospitals fell by a fifth between 2006/7 and 2015/16. The report found that in the first week of January this year, almost three-quarters of trusts had a bed occupancy rate of 95% on at least one day.

  4. President Trump has been in the White House for a month and during the last four weeks he has shocked the world with his controversial policies. But what do ordinary Americans make of the man they voted for President? We discuss this more during the show.

  5. The maximum prison sentence for people convicted of animal cruelty offences should be increased tenfold to five years behind bars, a charity has said. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH) will launch a campaign today aiming to get the "shocking" six-month maximum custodial term raised, saying England and Wales lag behind most other western nations in penalising abusers.