10/01/2017 Channel Islands News


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Maternity misconduct - tribunal hears the death of a baby

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at Guernsey's hospital may have been prevented.

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Good evening and welcome to the late news from BBC Channel Islands.

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Substantial increase - a call for tighter control

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The numbers we have seen our concern to us and we want to ensure that we

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are able to support businesses at the right level but also to ensure

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that we don't have too many immigrants.

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The death of a baby born on Guernsey's maternity ward "may

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have been prevented" had a previous incident been properly investigated,

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Three midwives are facing charges of misconduct

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Earlier, I spoke to our reporter Mike Wilkins in our Guernsey

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newsroom who's been following the case.

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Well, the sad starting point of this story is the death

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It happened in 2014 at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

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Following the death, all members of the then Health and

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It was and continues to be a very shocking moment

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A major review was then carried out by the nursing watchdog, the Nursing

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This highlighted a series of problems throughout

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But up until today, we still didn't know why that baby died

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and the circumstances surrounding its death.

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So what happened at the hearing today?

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Three Guernsey midwives are charged with misconduct.

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Adult nurse Lisa Granville, Antonia Manousaki and Tuija Roussel.

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They were working on the Loveridge Ward when a child,

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referred to only as Baby A, was born just after midnight

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This desperately ill baby required resuscitation and died

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An internal investigation conducted by Granville,

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who was then head of risk management, found "no significant

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difficulties in care delivery' and no further action was taken.

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But an investigation by the local authority found that the baby's

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heartbeat hadn't been properly monitored and its condition

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should've been reported to a consultant.

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The NMC said the midwives administered medication

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And there were claims that the baby's death

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It emerged today that another baby, referred to as Baby B,

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The NMC says that had the death of Baby B been

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adequately investigated, then the death of Baby A may

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I have to stress that all three midwives accept some of the charges

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against them but also deny some of them.

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The hearing's expected to last four weeks.

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New measures are being brought in to cut the number of migrants

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Big companies with lots of non-local staff could have some

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Ministers say it's needed to control the island's population,

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Serving the island economy - migrant workers fill

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many of the posts in this hotel, as they do in much of Jersey's

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But now, there's to be a cut-down on work licences.

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In Jersey, you need a licence to hire a migrant worker.

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After five years, they can work anywhere, and the licence can be

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used to bring another worker into the island.

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But the States are going to review all big businesses to see if some

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of their licences can be gradually taken away.

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We've got to work carefully with them to encourage them

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to employ as many local people as possible and not to automatically

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think they need a new licence to bring additional people

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We've got to do something to control the population and we believe this

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mechanism will do a good job in achieving that.

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And the population's grown well beyond the States' predictions.

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Despite plans for 325 new workers a year, in 2015

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there were around 1,500, with final figures for 2016

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But the Chamber of Commerce fears the impact on businesses that can't

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find the skills or staff they need within the island.

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need will always exist,so government have got to put

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assurances to businesses that if a company can prove they've

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absolutely tried to source an employee locally and they can't

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do that there is flexibility in the system in terms of bringing

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But will the new restrictions find more favour with the public?

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Whatever the public appetite for them, the question is,

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We now need to try to source jobs locally first and if you can't do it

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bring them in from overseas. We've got to look after people already

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Whatever the public appetite for them, the question is,

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will the new measures actually work in controlling the island's

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New measures to limit population growth in Jersey have been described

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as the worst message at the worst time by business leaders.

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Earlier I spoke to John Shenton, the head of

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I think it is misplaced. I think what you should be looking at is

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grown-up debate about population. It is a very emotive issue but I think

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actually, if you look at the economy, businesses, local trade,

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education, in some ways, the rules education, in some ways, the rules

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should be relaxed rather than tightened. In what way? Many

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businesses are hamstrung in their growth potential, the training

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potential and everything else. Because they can't get the calibre

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of staff at all levels in order to move the business forward. The

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island needs economic activity. We need economic growth, we need to

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grow the amount of money going into government and these further

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restraints on businesses trying to operate out of Jay-Z is going to

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give them the message that we're shut.

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

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The arrest follows the incident at Temple Stores in St Helier last

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week, where a shop owner was held at knifepoint as cash

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Jersey Police say they have a 31-year-old man in custody.

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Jersey Airport has reached a 16-year-high in passenger numbers.

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Just under 1.6 million passengers travelled

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through the island's gateway last year, an increase

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It's the highest number recorded since the year 2000.

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Loss of business and loss of staff - that's the concerns of employers

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in a Jersey trading estate following a Government

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The Rue des Pres estate was littered with rusty, abandoned cars

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Most have been removed but replaced with huge charges

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Rusty, unloved, and bad for business.

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The government told the owners of these abandoned vehicles

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to remove them or they'd be towed from this trading estate.

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Most of them have now gone, but they've been replaced

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with a hefty parking charge that business owners say

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I think going from nothing for our staff who've been here -

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some of them have been here 20, 30 years, they've never had to pay

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for the parking and now they'll have to pay or face paying up to ?123

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a month, it's just not affordable so some of them will consider

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seeking alternative employment which will be detrimental

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Richard's also worried he'll have to find staff to replace the ones

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I'm really happy here, I like my job, I like what I'm doing

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but I can't afford to pay more than ?100 a month.

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These concerns have been put to the minister in charge of roads

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and parking who says the money will pay for upkeep.

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Is got to be self financing so we said that the maximum would be ?123

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and if the cost is more, we have to cut profits to fit that of its less,

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to fit that of its less, will charge lasts.

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While efforts to clean up the estate are appreciated, they aren't a cheap

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Now let's take a look at the weather with David Braine.

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Good evening. Some interesting weather across the islands over the

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next few days. The definite trend is to turn much colder. By Friday and

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into the start of the weekend, tomorrow, the wind is a feature,

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quite a lively breeze developing tonight. The rain should clear. It

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looks brighter but also called by the afternoon. The reason is this

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weather front which takes its time getting to us. It will be with us

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first thing tomorrow morning then after lunch I'm move into North of

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France. Quite windy days in a new area of pressure turns up on

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Thursday. On the northern area of this part of central Britain, the

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worst of that's rain at image to see some snow. For us, mostly rain. It

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will be windy. After that, it turns very much colder so at night to come

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tonight with temperatures no lower than 9-10 . Probably that'll be the

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highest temperature will see through the day tomorrow because gradually,

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once the cold friend clears, temperatures started back down again

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and by the end the afternoon, temperatures down to 7-8 . The

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changes going to come through Thursday. That area of low pressure

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develops as it moves along the English Channel. Strong to go force

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winds for us for a time and then what follows, are these northerly

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winds bringing colder as we are going to see a substantial drop in

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temperatures. Heading for Spain and Portugal tomorrow, largely financed

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dry, somewhat weather across mid France. The same weather front

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giving outbreaks of rain, giving some snow for high ground by the

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Drops in temperatures come through Friday and Saturday.

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That's the news this Tuesday evening in the Channel Islands.

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There will be bulletins from six tomorrow morning

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Also, Good Morning Jersey with Ashley Tracey will be live

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at the Jersey Archive, delving into the past and uncovering

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of the week, and to start the weekend as well. For more on that

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snow situation, over to Jay Wynne

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