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This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight: A coroner says a hospital missed chances to save the life of a
baby boy. The boy was rushed to A after
swallowing a battery. In other news, the drivers and
pedestrians playing Russian roulette at a rail crossing.
Also tonight, rising prices, frozen pay. New figures show we `` why we
are all feeling poorer. Plus, the world's smallest
production car. Good evening and welcome to the
programme. A coroner has heavily criticised the Leicester Royal
Infirmary over its care of a 14`month`old baby. Wsam Noorwali
died after accidentally swallowing a battery.
At the inquest which finished this afternoon, the coroner said there
was neglect in some important aspects of his care. She's now
writing to the hospital because she's 0
writing to the hospital because she's concerned it might happen
again. Wsam Noorwali died aged 40 months.
He is missed terribly by his family, who say they have no
strength 0 family, who say they have no
strength left after his death. The bright lights at Leicester's
town hall where Wsam's inquest took place are in stark contrast to a
distressing couple of days for his parents.
Wsam Noorwali was taken to the rest of 0
Wsam Noorwali was taken to the rest of world infirmary after he started
vomiting blood. Over the following hours, he was moved to the
children's intensive care unit. In the early hours of August 19th,
Wsam's heart stopped beating. He was unable to be revived and was
announced dead shortly after 7pm. Apple mortem revealed Wsam had
accidentally swallowed a disk battery the size of a 2p piece. `` a
postmortem. Whether battery came from still not known. In recording a
narrative verdict, the coroner heavily criticises the Leicester
Royal infirmary. There were permissions in temp
two's care. Four hours, his true condition was not known, and there
was a missed opportunity to treat him sooner.
It is not possible to say if that would have made a difference, but in
the balance of probabilities, Wsam's chances of a better outcome
would have been better. His parents are naturally
devastated. The legal team is satisfied with today's verdict. The
family are considering their options, which may involve a civil
claim. Wsam's parents were too distressed
to talk to the 0 Wsam's parents were too distressed
to talk to the media. They 0 Wsam's parents were too distressed
to talk to the media. They say the way he was treated was appalling.
The whole family is devastated. Well, in a statement the University
Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust says that it has taken on board the
coroner's comment. Managers say: Next tonight, incredible pictures of
the unbelievable risks some people take on one of our region's level
crossings. Yes, bosses at Network Rail are so
shocked by the kind of thing going on at Narborough crossing in
Leicestershire that they've decided to release their CCTV footage.
Our reporter Jo Healey is at the crossing now.
This crossing has a terrible reputation for misuse, both by
drivers and by pedestrians. That is why Network Rail is driving home the
message that it is dangerous. And that is why they have released these
pictures. As you can see the red lights are
flashing on the left, but the van whizzes through just as the barriers
come down. This truck is not so lucky. Watch what happens as he
tries to jump the flashing red lights. He goes into reverse, but
gets stuck. Part of his load is left dangling on
the barrier. He gets out, to see what is
happening `` has happened. Then this one reverses, but a child
runs straight 0 Then this one reverses, but a child
runs straight across 0 Then this one reverses, but a child
runs straight across as the barriers are lowering.
These two schoolboys are not deterred either, and here the lights
are clearly unread, he has stopped in the path of the train, trapped.
`` the lights or red. Official figures from Network Rail
say there have been 60 cases of misuse here in the past five years,
and 20 of those have lead to prosecutions, but when you talk to
people who live and work run here, the situation seems to be much
worse. I think it is down for too long. I think that is the main
frustration for everybody. It can stay long for about ten or 15
minutes at a time with numerous trains going through. So people do
try and jump it. Some kids do go to school on their own, ten`year`old,
who try and get on the the Bellas quite often. I remember the crossing
when it was manned. A man put the barriers down and popped them back
up. I think it worked a lot better that way. A bit of manpower rather
than modern`day technology. Across the country there are 6,500
crossings of 0 Across the country there are 6,500
crossings of different types, and Network Rail do plan to invest ?130
million in the coming years in either closing or upgrading some of
them, but not this one. This apparently is as good as it gets, so
all 0 apparently is as good as it gets, so
all they can say is if you do use it, use it safely.
Next tonight: Open all hours. The Government's convinced more GP
surgeries should be able to offer appointments 12 hours a day, seven
days a week. Sounds like good news for patients `
but a doctors' leader in the East Midlands 0
but a doctors' leader in the East Midlands has attacked the plan. He
says it's unrealistic, given the huge pressures on the NHS.
Dr Peter Holden from the British Medical Association says in an age
of austerity there are bigger priorities than seven day a week
surgeries. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons reports from his surgery
in Matlock. Here there are `` they are already
open 56 hours a week, a late finish on Monday and Tuesday, and the
doctors' leader here thinks that is probably enough. My generation
expected when you came into medicine that we would have to provide 24
hours a day Argent and emergency care, and that system is there and
has 0 care, and that system is there and
has always been there. We cannot provide, because we do not have the
resources or the staff, is 24 hours a day convenience medicine. You do
not provide `` pay enough income tax to provided.
There are NHS walk`in centres open late. Some like Ashfield shot
because we were told the man was too low. Today in Derby patients seemed
to like the idea of their own GP's surgery open seven days. They earn a
lot of 0 surgery open seven days. They earn a
lot of money and they should look after their patients a lot better.
GPs work a lot hours `` a lot of hours as it is. I agree about
Saturday, not so much Sunday. Doctor Holden says widespread
weekend opening is unrealistic. It every GP was to open `` work 40
hours per week, we would need some thousands more GPs. That is the nub
of the problem. Less than 60 miles away, Sunday
opening is already a reality, being tested at Berry in greater
Manchester. The Patterson family have fitted a visit into their
Sunday. I do not work on a Sunday, so it is really convenient. We have
to give the patients better access, better continuity of care.
But will many doctors be keen to get involved in more Sunday experiments?
There are ?50 million of Government money up for grabs, and we will soon
know who the takers are. A woman's been arrested on suspicion
of murder after a man died, days after being attacked.
Police say 48`year`old Emiel Blankert went to the Ladybrook pub
in Mansfield last Monday, when he was already badly injured. Hours
later he was admitted to King's Mill Hospital, where he died on Friday
night. A 48`year`old woman's being questioned. Police are appealing for
witnesses. The private company awarded a ?26
million contract to take patients to and from hospital appointments has
failed to meet all of its target times.
Arriva Transport Solutions has also been criticised over its handling of
complaints, infection control and how it manages incidents. That's
according to the NHS in Leicestershire and Rutland. It comes
as East Midlands Ambulance Service also failed to meet its response
time targets for the third year running.
Leicester's Sam Bailey has spent today contemplating the move from
prison officer to performing star, after being crowned this year's X
Factor winner. The mother of two lives at Leicester
Forest East and worked at Gartree Prison near Market Harborough. The
36`year`old looked stunned as she was told she'd scooped the show's
title, after performing in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Arena.
We all know household finances have been under pressure for some years.
Well, now, the latest official data on pay in our region has been
released. The Office for National Statistics
has established that for the fifth year running wages in the East
Midlands have failed to keep pace with prices. Our chief news reporter
Quentin Rayner has been crunching the numbers.
Every year the Office for National Statistics compares wages from 12
months ago across the 0 Statistics compares wages from 12
months ago across the country. Around 6,000 workers in the East
Midlands have been questioned for the survey. What we're talking about
is the median average figure. Imagine, if you put everybody's
salary in a long, long line, the median is the figure in the middle.
Due 0 0 median is the figure in the middle.
Due to its skilled engineering jobs, Derby comes out top, with annual pay
there standing at just over ?22,500. That's up 2%. Leicester's average
pay is lower at around ?20,300, but that's an increase on last year of
2.6%. In Nottingham's travel to work area,
it's a gloomier story. Figures show a drop in annual pay to a little
over ?21,000. Higher than Leicester, but down by 1.9%. So this is what it
all means in terms of average weekly pay. If we look at average pay for
full`time workers, we find that workers in Derby have the highest
average weekly pay, about ?500 per week, workers in Nottingham about
?480, and Leicester about ?460. Workers in Mansfield on average
take`home about ?420 per week. The modest pay increases have been
cushioned by rises in personal tax allowance. Since the Coalition came
to power it's steadily increased, so that by next April when it's reached
?10,000, the average earner will save around ?700 a year in tax. But
economists say it doesn't fully compensate for the fall in real
wages. This survey tells us that since about 2009, pay in the East
Midlands has only gone up about 4%, so that is 4% over about four years.
In the same time, prices have actually gone up by about 15%. So
over that four`year period, people's real wages have gone down.
If you feel no better off, then you won't be surprised to learn that
across the UK people are earning the same in real terms before tax as
they were ten years ago ` and don't forget more people are now paying
the higher rate of tax. The recovery may have taken hold, but there's
still a long way to go. A ?50 million tower complex in
Nottingham city centre is finally nearing completion.
The Nottingham One building was seen as a future landmark for the city
when construction started six years ago. But the project stalled when
the original owners ran into financial trouble, as Navtej Johal
reports. It is an impressive view, and the
outlook for this belief did building could also finally be looking up. We
are probably doing 20 viewings a week. Construction at the office and
apartment complex began in 2007, but it fell victim to the economic
downturn, badly delaying the work. Since 0
downturn, badly delaying the work. Since then, it has had several
owners, and the cost has continued to rise. Last year it was what by a
Dubai `based firm. `` it was bought. We have had a marketing task to
convince people something is happening, and it still looks like a
building site. Once the hoardings come down this will look like a
finished loading. All local authorities have found it
frustrating recently, and in recession that is inevitably the
case. But this 0 recession that is inevitably the
case. But this is 0 0 recession that is inevitably the
case. But this is a good example of projects coming through.
The completion of this project is more good news for the East Midlands
property sector. There's been a 3.8% rise in house prices recently, and
for the estate agents marketing this property, they 0
for the estate agents marketing this property, they have seen city centre
sales increase by up to 20% in the last year.
But there are still problems to address, including water leaking
into the basement. The issue with the basement is currently being
resolved. The water subject `` is not coming from the canal, there
were problems early days, but we should be all good to go by the end
of January. So if somebody was to move in here tomorrow, they would be
pleased by the work that has been done here? More than 0
pleased by the work that has been done here? More than happy. The
developers 0 done here? More than happy. The
developers say that why Easter, the project will be fully complete.
They are hoping that despite its troubled history, the future is
bright for this building. 55 Contested views there.
Now, some good news on the art ` while many organisations have
struggled to survive budget cuts, one art gallery in inner city
Nottingham is thriving. New Art Exchange in Hyson Green opened five
years ago, and has just been given thousands of pounds in funding.
A huge space to showcase art projects. Now, after being awarded
?800,000, New Art Exchange is promising to deliver even more. Is
about seeing tangible results in terms of the number of people and
entrepreneurs that are born for this project. Artists creative businesses
that started here, and ends up on a long trajectory with a very positive
future. This probably isn't the place where you'd expect to find a
gallery, a couple of miles outside the city centre. In the five years
since it opens, nearly a million people have visited. Staff are now
hoping this extra funding will help bring even more people through the
doors. It's been a great place each different 0
doors. It's been a great place each different and practitioners. To
share ideas and a network, and to be able to have more resources in this
area. I think is going to be a huge benefits to Nottingham. The gallery
has received funding from the EU, arts 0 0
has received funding from the EU, arts Council and a private grants
trust. It's important for us that this money is invested in local
talents. And it's invested in what is going to transform the arts and
cultural landscape. At a time when many arts organisations have seen a
cut in their funding or even lost it completely, the investment at this
gallery has been very much welcomed. Still to come, like a car, only
smaller. They may have a top speed of only 30
mph, but these tiny vehicles are in big demand.
And there's nothing micro about the weather. It will be packing a punch
later this week, and it's getting much livelier again. Join me later
in the programme. Neither the sports. A busy weekend.
Little sign of the bubble bursting at Derby County. The Rams in
stunning form. Another win at Charlton at the weekend Mrs X in a
row. `` makes it six in a row. There was no need for international
rescue. The Rams have won six out of six. That's just one in ten games
lost. With an impressive 42 goals, the Championships top scorers. Jamie
Rowe started it off against Charlton. It was a 0
Rowe started it off against Charlton. It was a battling display.
Neatly wrapped up near the end by Craig Bryson. His ninth goal this
campaign. The last time the runaway Rams won six in a row was six years
ago. That's time around, they went up. History to remembering maturing
exciting times. `` during exciting times for Derby.
Onto Leicester City. The foxes are in the middle of a three`game
winless run, which has seen them slipped to third. They are still our
best placed team in the East Midlands after a draw against
Burnley at the weekend. Penalty king David Nugent but the foxes in front
from the spot, but Danny Ings later made one all. 0
from the spot, but Danny Ings later made one all. A good point over the
foxes, against a Burnley side who are in the top two.
Nottingham Forest are looking to strengthen and bring in a player or
two in January. An injury hit few months have seen an slipped out of
the championship play`off places. The results just aren't coming
forest at home. Simon Cox appeared to be brought down by the keeper. He
was much `` there was much distraction and anger, but replays
appeared to back up the breast's decision, forest and Cox, for that
matter, had their chances. Forest's lack of gold means they are out of
the top six. We just nonclinical. That little last bit is the reason
whether not speaking up. Boris haven't won at homes in September.
The fans will be hoping for better in the two matches over Christmas.
That's the championship, but my team at the weekend has to be league one
not Co. Back`to`back wins under new manager, Shaun Derry, has seen them
right off the foot of the division and has given the real hope. With
Saturday, they beat Colchester for Neil. 0
Saturday, they beat Colchester for Neil. The defence was fast asleep
though, Callum Ball found Morgan Fox for the second will stop in the
final five minutes, Calum MacGregor 's score is a great birds for Gary
Liddle `` before Gary Liddle sealed victory. Let's hope for them it is
very Derry Christmas. Elite two, Mansfield avoided a club
record of seven straight league defeat by picking up a point at
Wimbledon. Now, rugby. Leicester Tigers were six points behind in
Montpellier and had one minute left. If they did nothing, the Heineken
cup progress would have been as their hands this is what happened
next. Absolutely extraordinary finish,
after a match which was actually scoreless. Nevertheless than
absorbing, it came to triumph. The first Tigers win in France after
eight attempts. But, Montpellier, as you might expect, came roaring back
with two tries of their own. They must've thought they'd won it. But
then came that genetic emotional shifts. Suddenly, Tigers are two
wins from the knockout stages will stop in next weekend for Nottingham
Panthers, beating for two in Cardiff on Saturday. This game was
effectively over before the first break as Panthers scored five early
goals. The match counted in the league and as the first leg of the
cup quarterfinal. This was a really big win.
Finally from me, and little bit of darting drama. Congratulations to
Jamie Kagan. At the first round stage of the world Championships,
Jenny 0 stage of the world Championships,
Jenny won his match 31. There's Debbie, his wife, celebrating. The
Derby ace saw the... He'll face five`time world champion Raymond van
on about for a place in the last 16. Well done Jamie, 0
on about for a place in the last 16. Well done Jamie, all his training in
the studio with me obviously paid off.
A Nottinghamshire company is taking on new staff after winning a big
order to make what is described as the smallest production car in the
world. Three wheels, top speed of 35, and approved as road legal, what
more could you ask for? The world's smallest production car
is proving a big hit in Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire. This
manufacturing company has won an order ten new vehicles. That's worth
?200,000 to them, and it has meant to new jobs to add to the current
eight. Not bad for a company whose core business is making golf
buggies. We're very proud to manufacture this. Were proud of our
achievements in manufacturing a petrol car. For moving on from a
golf buggy, to a road legal car is a big achievement for us. We are very
proud of that. The single seater version is called a Peel P60.
Measuring 40 inches by 61. The double seater is called a Trident,
measuring up at a more roomy 72 inches by 42. I was given a mini
test drive. Is a pretty casual ride. `` it's a pretty comfortable ride.
Everybody comes out of their houses, peaky and sharing. They got
a fibreglass body, 44 cc moped petrol engine and a top speed of 35
mph. The eight microcars in the workshop at the moment are destined
for the export markets. Drive its buyers and collectors are snapping
them up. There has been a breakthrough ` the new models do
have a reverse. This one doesn't, though, so if 0
have a reverse. This one doesn't, though, so if you wanted round on
the other direction, this is the best way of reversing it.
And an electric model is also being developed. A little car with big
ambitions. Well, you have to be quite good
friends to share a car that size. It's certainly a confined space.
The weather 's been lucky today for us. 0 0
The weather 's been lucky today for us. A lot of clout and dampness,
extra riverfront. This one has been playing games with us. It looks as
though it's going to come back for a second helping tonight, across
southern parts, before finally giving up when clearing out of the
way for tomorrow. They going to get one of those brief, transient ridges
of 0 one of those brief, transient ridges
of pressure. 0 one of those brief, transient ridges
of pressure. That settle things down briefly for tomorrow. For most of
us, it'll be drier, brighter, with some winter sunshine. For an unlucky
few, there will be so practice lingering well into the afternoon.
Some real stubborn fog first thing tomorrow 0
Some real stubborn fog first thing tomorrow morning and 0
Some real stubborn fog first thing tomorrow morning and into the
afternoon. The rain has eased down for a time, but that rain is going
to... Across southern parts into Leicestershire will stop it will
eventually clear as the way as we had to the early hours of the
morning. The cloud breaks up behind that, and the winds eased down or
stop it will turn a little chillier than of late. Much chillier than
last night. Two or three degrees across northern parts. Northern
parts will also be prone to the fog first thing tomorrow morning. It'll
be quite dense tomorrow morning, and some of it will be lingering
throughout the 0 some of it will be lingering
throughout the day 0 some of it will be lingering
throughout the day and well into the afternoon. But elsewhere, that file
will be listing and clearing. Some winter sunshine coming through, and
the winds are a lot lighter, although will feel a bit chillier.
Temperatures will be struggling at around 56 to Greece, where we get
the sunshine. Were fog is lingering, it'll be more like five... Three or
four degrees. Very windy by the end of the day on