Today, 24/04/2013 Live

24 Apr 2013 Last updated at 09:29

Wednesday 24 April

Rates of murder and violent crime have fallen rapidly in the UK in the past decade. Nursing leaders say A&E departments around the UK are under strain. And Laura Marling on writing the music for a new RSC production of As You Like It.
  • 24 Apr 2013 08:58:47


    Lewis James and Sarah Nelson were our editors today, Libby Purves up next on Radio 4 with Midweek. Good morning.

  • 24 Apr 2013 08:53:14


    The government is today announcing its conclusions of the cosmetic interventions review which was prompted by the breast implant PIP scandal. Sali Hughes, who writes for the Guardian on beauty, and Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS medical director, discuss the extent to which the government should be involved.

  • 24 Apr 2013 08:52:10


    According to a peer-reviewed study, "the Alcohol Industry misrepresented strong evidence and over promoted weak evidence in its submissions to the Scottish Government's consultation on minimum alcohol pricing". Dr Jim McCambridge, senior lecturer in behaviour change at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains the findings demonstrate the tactics used by commercial interests in the debate around how to tackle the UK's alcohol problem.

  • 24 Apr 2013 08:37:19


    Our business editor Simon Jack speaks to Lord Levene of the NBNK bank about this morning's breaking news regarding the collapse of the sale of Lloyds branches to the Co-operative bank.
    Simon Jack
    Lloyds to spin off the banks in an IPO.Migration to TSB brand for these branches continues. How much will IPO raise? More than Co-op paying?
  • 24 Apr 2013 08:39:43


    Why should we wait until we are old and in failing health, before enjoying a leisurely retirement? Ed Hawkins, who retired to the South of France aged 33, and Katherine Whitehorn, who is 85 years old and still working, explore the pros and cons of leaving the working world.

    Naomi M
    Naomi M @nomimack tweeted:
    Just heard the best guy being interviewed on @BBCr4today - retired at 30 & now lives off home-grown asparagus & conversations in S France!

    I think that the man retiring and reorganising his wife is such a cliche. I am 58 and retired 3 years ago and am very busy doing things I want to do. I've retrained as a counsellor and do voluntary work for three organisations. I know several men in a similar position to me who enjoy the autonomy retirement brings and have no problem filling their time. 

    - Stephen

    Hattie Crisell
    Hilarious to hear Ed Hawkins on @BBCr4today on retiring to France at 33. Known him for years, he's always got an interesting plan on the go.
    Ed Hawkins has also written about this topic for The Independent:
  • 24 Apr 2013 08:33:56


    A report from the government's Committee on Climate Change says that whilst UK's production of CO2 is down 20% in the past two decades, the UK's actual carbon footprint has risen 10%. David Nussbaum, chief executive of the environmental charity WWF in the UK, and Gareth Stace, head of climate and environmental policy at the manufacturer's organisation the EEF, discuss the increase.

  • 24 Apr 2013 08:30:36

    Coming up

    Libby Purves just popped into the studio to tell Evan and Sarah what's coming up on this morning's edition of Midweek:

  • 24 Apr 2013 08:22:15


    In a change to our original running order, we revisit this morning's breaking news about the planned sale of 632 UK Lloyds Bank branches to the Co-op group collapsing.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Spinning-off of 600+ LloydsTSB branches as indep group 'perhaps the only thing that can be done' says former RBS chief Sir George Matthewson
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    We're not going to see extra retail #banking competition on High St this year says @WhichUK's Richard Lloyd #r4today
    Here are the official statements from Lloyds and the Co-operative
  • 24 Apr 2013 08:10:36


    The United Kingdom is becoming a significantly less violent country, according to new international research by the UK Peace Index, compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace. The BBC's home editor Mark Easton, Professor Marian Fitzgerald, visiting professor of criminology at the University of Kent, and Sir Ian Blair, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police discuss whether the UK is now a safer place.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    'We're not a more violent society. We're a more #violence averse society' says former Met chief Sir Ian Blair #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    You can expect levels of #violence 'to go down in a recession' says Prof Marian Fitzgerald of @UniKent #r4today
  • 24 Apr 2013 07:46:36


    Nursing leaders say emergency departments around the UK are in crisis at the moment because they cannot cope with the number of patients coming in. Janet Youd, an A&E nurse and chairs the Royal College of Nursing's emergency care association, outlines the problem, and Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter says how the problem will be addressed.

    The BBC's health correspondent Nick Triggle has written more about this for the BBC News website:

    “The A&E departments are displaying a symptom of what is pressuring on the whole system. What worries me is the risks to patient safety when the system is so overloaded”

    - Janet Youd, A&E Nurse

    Shas Sheehan
    Listening in horror to the A&E nurse on #bbcr4 telling us how it really is on the ground - #fb
    “It’s about who’s in A&E at the moment, and whether those patients should be there in the first place”
    - Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter

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