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Inspectors dish the dirt on failing GP surgeries. This small part this
has been at the centre of the national attention all day after
maggots were discovered there. A retrial in the spring for a
Loughborough teenager accused of terrorism offences.
Plus, councillors here will decide tonight the fate of a much loved
area of Nottingham which has been at the heart of a controversial
development plan for years. How these wacky winter warmers are
putting Leicester back on the Mac as the home of many fat drink `` on the
map as the home of manufacturing. Good evening and welcome to the
programme. First tonight, dirty rooms, maggots, cobwebs and sticky
surfaces. Hardly a clean bill of health for a GP surgery.
And the problems don't stop there. At other practices in the East
Midlands, spot checks by the Care Quality Commission uncovered drug
errors and failures in the way sensitive, personal information is
protected. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports.
This small local practice has been at the centre of the national
attention all day after maggots were discovered there by inspectors. Most
patients did not seem all that worried today. The surgery insists
they have cleaned up their racks following October's inspection.
Dirt, maggots, it is not what you expect down the doctors. Not nice. I
might go back to my old surgery. It seems pretty clean to me. I have
been coming here for ten, 15 years. It has always been clean. I come
here to collect and order prescriptions and it seems
marvellous. In Leicestershire, out of 900 inspected across England,
this surgery is one of ten where problems were so serious enforcement
actions were taken. This surgery was not doing enough to protect
vulnerable people from abuse. Another East Midlands surgery is
also on the list of ten. Mistakes were found in the supply of
medicines. For the doctor leading the new GP inspection regime, it is
all about the patient getting more information. One of the problems
this patients do not know what a bad or dangerous surgery years. One of
the things we are going to do is learn from the inspections and start
rating surgeries. The criticised actresses say they have put things
right. The maggots have gone but people lost all talking about it. ``
people are still talking about it. Earlier, I spoke to Jill Matthews of
NHS England. She concedes that examples of dirty surgeries will
grab the headlines, but such cases are extremely rare. The vast
majority of our GP practices are they really high standard. We have
over 800 in the East Midlands. The vast majority are providing
excellent services to patients every day. The inspections have showed
that a third were not up to the required standard. What we have to
remember is those first inspections have been targeted where they think
the worst problems are rather than across the board. We are confident
the vast majority of working really hard to provide excellent services
in safe and clean buildings. What can NHS England do to support those
who are struggling? As soon as NHS managers become aware there are
issues, we work with the practices to point out what the problems are
and describes the ways we would expect them to improve. We regularly
work with them to make sure the improvements are made. At the
inspections useful? The BMA are talking about them as being
simplistic and a blunt instrument. I think they are part of a whole range
of things that are in place to ensure we can guarantee the quality
of services to the population. Yes, they are useful tool alongside other
quality assurance tools. This is just the start of the process. The
inspections will continue and cover a broader range of services as they
develop. We will be looking at out of our services as well as the in
our services. Thank you. Two Loughborough teenagers who were
arrested as part of a terror investigation have been given
community sentences. They both admitted helping a friend make
bombs. The friend, who can't be named, is
accused of preparing a Columbine`style school massacre. But
last month a jury failed to agree on whether he was guilty of terrorist
offences. Today he was ordered to stand trial again.
Our social affairs correspondent, Jeremy Ball, has been at the Old
Bailey. Jeremy, what happened at the Old Bailey today? There were two
separate court hearings today. The first involved with the teenager on
trial in London for several weeks. He admitted possessing explosives
but the jury could not agree on whether he was guilty of more
serious terrorism charges. Today the judge ordered a retrial to begin on
the 3rd of March. Here's to nine `` he is denying possessing a poison 's
manual that is banned and also a list of weapons and plans which the
prosecution say work intentions to commit an act of terrorism. What
about his two friends? They appeared in the dock for sentencing. They
looked pretty nervous. We heard that one of them was videoed helping
their friend to test Molotov cocktails. We heard the other one
was caught on CCTV at a DIY store in Loughborough helping the friend by
piping to make an improvised bomb. The judge said both of them were
followers rather than instigators. Neither of them wanted to take part
in any attack. Because of that, he gave them a community sentence, a
youth rehabilitation order. How did they get involved? They became
friends at school because they had been bullied. They are still 17 and
that is why we cannot identify them. The judge said there chats contained
racist and anti`Muslim comments and they had been searching the Internet
for information about explosives. The judge said that any
experimentation with weapons or bombs had to be taken very
seriously. Police have named a woman who was
found dead at her home on Tuesday night. 70`year`old Sandra Bainbridge
was discovered at the house on Short Row at Belper in Derbyshire. Police
are appealing for anyone who may have seen people visiting Sandra in
the days before her death to contact them. A 37`year`old woman has been
arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
A follow`up report about the controversial Muslim free school in
Derby says there are still no signs of improvement in the school. It
comes just weeks after the Al`Madinah was placed in special
measures for failing its pupils. A new inspection on 29th November
found tensions between the governing body and senior leadership team. The
report says governors are working hard, but are too busy with
day`to`day running of the school to monitor senior leaders.
One of our air ambulances is on stand`by to help another region
following the sudden grounding of some of the national fleet of
helicopters today. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air
Ambulance is ready to fly to North West England after its air ambulance
was grounded. Checks are needed on the North West Air Ambulance
following the recent helicopter crash in Glasgow. None of our police
helicopters, however are affected by safety checks and are all operating
normally, although some are having their operating fuel levels
increased as a precaution. Still to come: The feeding of the
5,000. Actually, it's more than that. We
find out what goes into producing 32,000 school Christmas dinners.
Next tonight, it's decision time. Controversial plans to build
thousands of new houses around Nottingham could be agreed this
evening. 2,500 homes are planned at Gamston and an extra 300 on
Sharphill Woods within the next 15 years.
Protestors have gathered outside Rushcliffe Borough Council for the
meeting where the plans are expected to be approved. Our reporter Navtej
Johal is there. Good evening. Protesters are
starting to gather here. It must feel a little bit like deja vu. This
issue has been rumbling on for a number of years. Plans have been put
forward at turndown. By the end of this evening, we should be closer to
a resolution `` put forward and turned down. Protecting the green
belt has become a divisive issue. Tonight the council is expected to
approve changes for plans to build more homes than originally intended.
Last year the planning inspector turned down the proposal for
building 9500 homes in the borough. Now it is increasing the number to
over 13,000. 2500 will be in a town were originally none were planned.
An extra 300 homes are planned for Edward and 500 more for an area
south of Clifton. If the changes are approved, they will be sent to the
planning inspector. There will be public hearings in the spring.
Earlier this evening I spoke to the leader of the borough council and I
asked him why the plans were likely to go ahead despite strong local
opposition. It is important we approve the plan so it can go
forward to the inspector because without a plan we would have no
control at all over any unwanted development. Whilst nobody is happy
about making these decisions tonight, nevertheless, as a
responsible council, we must make these decisions so we can have some
control over facilities, infrastructure and then we can also
control where we do not want developments taking place. Joining
me now is a lady from the campaign. Why are you so opposed to the
building of the homes? It is a very beautiful area. On the ridge line,
you can see for miles around. We are worried that the additional houses
they are planning to put there would put extreme pressure on the area we
want to preserve. We are hoping there will be a park there that
would be an amenity for everybody. This housing plan would put pressure
on the woods, on the facilities around and about. The council said
earlier that despite that, there is still urgent need for new housing.
Is this a case of not in my backyard? I think the council will
continue to build around the area. But I am saying we need to preserve
some green spaces for all of the people from all of those houses to
use in the future. People have been wise in the past and they have left
places as an open space for people to use. I am suggesting we do the
same here. The meeting in which the changes to the plans are likely to
be approved is going to start in about 20 minutes. If it gets the
go`ahead, building work should begin in 2015. In other news tonight: A
patient helpline opened today for anyone concerned about the
performance of a liver surgeon who worked in Leicester.
Professor David Berry who moved to Cardiff in 2011 was suspended there
in January. A recent review concluded eight patient deaths in
his care in Wales were avoidable. Leicester's NHS Hospitals Trust is
now looking into his work here. The Princess Royal has planted the
final tree for the Jubilee Woods project in Grantham. There are now
88,000 trees at Grantham's Barracks at Old Somerby Hill. The scheme, to
mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, has been overseen by the Woodland
Trust. It's one of 60 new Diamond Woods across the country.
An East Midlands researcher believes she's taken a big step forward in
the treatment of Tourette's syndrome. Around of third of young
people affected by uncontrolled tics never get better as they reach
adulthood. Now though, a magnetic field treatment being developed in
Nottingham offers hope for sufferers. Simon Ward reports.
This machine passes a magnetic field through the brain. The research team
at the University of Nottingham have discovered the mechanism in the
brain that controls the physical movements and vocal sounds made by
children with Tourette's. The promise of this approach is that we
might be able to reduce cortical excitability for long periods of
time based on a simple, safe, noninvasive brain stimulations
technique. A very mild electric current is passed through the brain
full 20 minutes. As a result, the suggestion is it might reduce the
text. It could help children who suffer from the condition at a
crucial time in their lives. It would be very helpful for them
because it can be very debilitating, especially in social situations and
at school and at such a critical age. It would be very portable for
them be able to have treatment that works. Sophia who is a member of the
research team describes how it feels. The first few times is a bit
funny. Your muscle contracts. It is not unpleasant at all. It is quite
strange. It is hoped it could lead to new drug`free treatments.
Still to come: Sport's on the oche. We'll have Jamie Caven in the studio
ahead of the World Darts Championships which start tomorrow
and he's bringing his dartboard. In fact, I think he has a woody
brought it! Still to come: Next, it was a
household name in the 1970s and '80s, but it folded after being sold
off. Now in a sign that the economy in
the East Midlands is starting to recover, Sweater Shop is back.
Eleanor Garnier's been finding out how much of the company's success is
down to the popularity of the Christmas jumper.
This factory is the home of the Christmas knitted jumper. The
Sweater Shop started life as a company in the 1970s. It was based
up the road and had two factories in the Leicester area. 22 years later,
it was sold for ?150 million. Within 24 months, the company had folded.
Now despite being in his 80s, the original owner has relaunched the
business. It is his grandson who was in charge. Lester was where we were
the first time round. We know it well. The skilled labour is here.
These people make the best jumpers in the world. Over the past two
years, sales have rocketed. But how much is the popularity of the
Christmas jumper part of that boom? Christmas jumpers are huge part but
it is the feel`good factor. They are loving the name coming back. Is it
the proper Sweater Shop? Yes, it is. The British Chambers of Commerce
have said next year the UK economy will bounce back from the recession.
Is that something you recognise? We are confident the orders we have and
the way things are going, we are already looking for bigger premises.
People who have been on benefits are so glad to be learning the trade. It
is brilliant. This factory can churn out more than 1700 pieces of
clothing a week. As demand increases, so does the pressure to
move into a bigger factory. I have not got a Christmas jumper.
It is Christmas jumper date tomorrow.
You could knit us one, dear viewer. On our Facebook page, you can see
some of the team wearing the Christmas jumpers. Why don't you
send us a picture of you wearing your favourite Christmas jumper so
we can put it up as part of our Facebook gallery? It is time for
sport now. I do not have a Christmas jumper
either! The eagle`eyed may have spotted a
dartboard behind me there. We'll explain why that's here in a moment.
But starting tonight with football because Leicester City may be
looking to strengthen their squad after striker Chris Wood has been
sidelined for at least a month. With that and the rest of the sports
news, here's Angela. Frustration ahead of a massive week
of fixtures. This could be the man to replace Chris Wood. No official
confirmation yet but Pearson admitted they may need cover. You
would like all of your players to be available but unfortunately from
time to time people pick an injury. For Chris, it is doubly disappointed
because he has not been in the starting line. In rugby, uncertainty
about Toby Flood. His contract is coming to an end. He could be
tempted by a big`money move. Of course we want to keep him. He is
instrumental to what we do. We will do whatever we can to make it
happen, financially, personally. Nottingham ice dancers have been
named in the GB Winter Olympic team. They are the current British
champions. But as we heard and programme macro last month, the fact
they are competing is quite something dash back on East Midlands
Today. He has been diagnosed with a life`threatening heart condition.
Time to explain the dartboard and introduce today's special guest.
This is Jamie Jabba Cavan, one of the world's top players. He was born
in Leicester, he lives in Derby and on Sunday he gets his campaign under
way in the PDC World Championships, darts' biggest and certainly
noisiest event. Jamie, we met earlier in the year and you told me
2013 would be your year. Are you still on track? It has been good so
far. I think I just won the two pro events when we spoke last. I have
had good runs in some of the big majors since then. Tell us about the
PDC championship. It is massive. The worlds is the biggest. Everybody
gets dressed up and enjoys themselves. It is rock 'n' roll. It
makes dads what it is. We can have a look at some pictures. `` it makes
the arts what it is. You get Prince Harry turning up. You also get Phil
Taylor, the champion, here's a darting machine. Astonishing. He is
the best. He is what everybody has to chase. He sets the level and
raises the bar all of the time. That is why everybody else's aim is
getting better. It attracts massive crowds. How do you build it from
those massive crowds and turned it into a sport? I think it has been
known as a well`known sport now for the last few years. The crowds have
got bigger because of the popularity and the TV. Everybody likes to get
dressed up and enjoy the atmosphere. It generates the buzz. You have got
plans to bring an young players `` bring on. Blimey! That was a good
140. I have got an Academy starting in Derby. Open day on the 8th of
January. It is for kids from six to 16. Hopefully we will branch out.
The talent is to be nurtured and that is what we will do. You tried
to teach me. If I remember correctly, you were not complement
tree about my stance. It was not great. Can I have another go? Of
course you can. No warm up. These are different... I hit the board. A
good start! Not bad. I will take that. Thank you very much. I missed
you as well which is always good. I was very relieved that you missed
us. You have not got the right shoes on. We have got to move on.
Now, making Christmas dinner can be a stressful affair. But imagine
making it for 32,000. I can't think of anything worse!
Well, that's the number of primary children who've been tucking into
their Christmas school meal in Nottinghamshire this week. And
here's the good news. The people who plan those meals, buy food from
local suppliers wherever possible. Angelina Socci reports. Hello. These
schoolchildren have dropped into a butchers in Nottinghamshire to find
out where their school dinners come from. The turkey was bigger than I
expected. It smells really good. The meat comes from near here. We can
make a cost saving going to local producers. We can buy better quality
ingredients. After the horse meat scandal, there is more demand than
ever for knowing exactly where meters from. We source carcass meat
so we do not buy anything that could be disguised as anything else. Back
at the school, these books are feeling the heat. Christmas lunch
for 160. It is really stressful. The ingredient budget is around 70p per
meal. Around five and had 40 calories and `` around 540 calories.
It is so busy. We have good start. It is like it is Christmas. I like
the mashed potato. Why? It has all of my favourite things on it. Lots
of other children are trying school lunch for the first time. We
normally have 100. Hopefully more will have it on a regular basis.
Happy Christmas, everyone! So sweet.
That little boy said, I only like pudding. A more wholesome weather
Outlook now. It has been cloudy and overcast
today. All of the cloud stays with us. We are expecting there to be a
spell of rain. This weather picture was taken earlier today. You can
just about see the castle in the background. If you would like to see
your picture used, e`mail them to us. Something else you may have
noticed, it has been feeling rather mild. Temperatures are unusually
high for this time of year tonight. The averages only two degrees. Not
too bad at all. It is nine degrees tonight. The wind direction is
driving in much milder air. Looking at this Atlantic front, all of the
weather fronts pushing their way in, bringing rain over the next few
days. At the moment, we have all of the cloud. A little mist and fog
forming. In the early hours, we start to see the rain pushing its
way through. A spell of rain for a time. Heavy over higher ground.
Temperatures, as I mentioned, eight or nine degrees. Tomorrow morning,
rain around first thing. For a while it eases. Another band of rain will
push its way east as we go into the afternoon. Again, there might be
heavy bursts. Temperatures tomorrow, 11 or 12. Breezy with the
south`westerly wind. The weekend, a lot of dry weather to be had. Rain
arriving Saturday night and clearing Sunday morning. Dry on Sunday.
Hanky. I reckon you would get good odds on
a white Christmas this year. Are you serious? Not having a white
Christmas no, good odds. Never mind.