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All This is East Midlands Today with Geeta Pendse and me, Dominic Heale.
Tonight ` an inquiry's underway after a stroke victim, turned away
from a hospital, died. Good evening. Welcome to Monday's programme.
First tonight ` a stroke patient who was turned away from hospital
because it was five o'clock on a Friday evening has died. It is no
good just saying these things happen. They don't. They must not
happen again. The Serious Fraud Office confirms it has started a
criminal investigation into allegations of bribery and
corruption at Rolls`Royce. Plus, it's one of the busiest
shopping days before Christmas, but why do so many of us leave it so
late? And Lester's singing sensation, Sam
Bailey, gets the Christmas number one.
Good evening and welcome to the programme. First tonight, a stroke
patient who was turned away from hospital because it was five o'clock
on a Friday evening has died. John Mallalieu's grieving widow Ruth is
left wondering whether he might have survived had he not been redirected
from King's Mill hospital. She says the ambulance was just
three minutes from the stroke unit when they were diverted to
Nottingham. More from our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons. John
Mallalieu's death raises many questions, but there have 0
Mallalieu's death raises many questions, but there have been few
answers from the ambulance service or the hospitals. It should have
been a straightforward journey, it is 19 miles from continent to the
stroke unit at Kings Mill hospital. Ruth Mallalieu says the ambulance
was only three minutes away when it was diverted, adding another 15
miles to the hospital in Nottingham. She reckons because of Friday
evening traffic, the added journey took an hour. And John service
disputes that and says it took half that time. I said to the ambulance
man, I have never had such a horrendous journey in all my life
and my poor husband kept saying, I am slipping, I am slipping. With
three minutes to go, they told them not to take on there but to take
into the city Hospital. The Angelus men were furious. It `` we would
have 0 men were furious. It `` we would
have got nearby five o'clock. Five o'clock is the cut`off time for the
Kingsmill hospital to take new patients on a Friday. The experience
of the couple were not good in this situation. We need to make sure this
does not happen again and I would like to apologise on behalf of the
NHS. Two local MP, it is clear something went very wrong. I cannot
prove that this particular ambulance came from the Nottinghamshire area,
but I will bet it did not. It took a long time to get there in the first
place. I understand content is a reward sport but it should 0
place. I understand content is a reward sport but it should have been
quicker. Also bursting to have been navigational errors, that is
inexcusable today particularly today. If they were local people,
they would know the roads better than the dead. Following the death
of John Mallalieu, the initial findings of the enquiry are expected
in mid`January. A reporter joins us in the studio. A disturbing case
when we are told all the time to act fast when it comes to strokes? Yes,
we are told that all the time. Television adverts told us to look
out for the key symptoms of stroke and minutes matter. You should act
fast and I a name names. In this case, the ambulance may have taken
about 40 minutes to get to that house. `` dial 999. It took the best
part of two hours to get to Kings Mill hospital. There are many
questions around us we want to put too East Midlands and John service
and the hospital, also refused interviews so far. When there is
preliminary findings come out next month, we hope they will face
questioning as to what went wrong in this case and lessons. It is not the
first time we have featured problems with stroke patients getting to
hospital. Any month ago we reported how sons were taken to queue MC by
mistake. `` how some were taken to queue MC hospital by mistake.
Heavy rain and gale`force winds are causing problems for travellers
across the region. In Ruddington, drivers using the A60 found the
route blocked by a fallen tree at the top of Kirk Lane. Weather
forecasters are warning that the combination of wind and rain could
cause flooding and bring down trees causing widespread disruption.
Meanwhile, dozens of rail services have been delayed or cancelled. East
Midlands Trains have been running a significantly reduced service to
London St Pancras this afternoon and evening because of storms. Network
Rail has imposed speed restrictions on some routes. It's to reduce the
risk caused by trees and other debris blocking lines and damaging
overhead power lines and signals So, have we seen the worst of it yet?
Anna's here later with the forecast. The simple answer is no, the rain
intensifies and the winds strengthened to give us a stormy
night. I'll have an in`depth forecasts metering the programme. ``
litre in the programme. But next tonight ` The serious fraud
office has confirmed it's started a criminal investigation into
allegations of bribery and corruption at Rolls`Royce. The
Derby`based engine maker says it's fully co`operating. Some of the
allegations date back more than 20 years and centre on claims of
improper payments made in Far East markets. Mike O'Sullivan has this
report. The allegations have been swirling around Rolls`Royce for more
than a. Allegations that millions of pounds were paid out in backhanders
to help secure a jet engine deals. Today the Serious Fraud Office
confirmed those allegations are now being looked at as part of a
criminal investigation. Rolls`Royce has made it clear it wants to get to
the bottom of the claims surrounding deals in Indonesia, China and
elsewhere. At the annual general meeting, the Chief Executive
said... It is claimed that in Indonesia in
1990 bright was paid so that ideal for 700 engines would go through
with the national airline. A controversial figure in Indonesia,
the son of the then president, who has lived a playboy lifestyle, has
already denied accepting $20 million and a blue Rolls`Royce car.
Rolls`Royce is also carrying out its own review of business ethics
worldwide. That is being done by a senior litigator. He started work in
January and that work is yet to be computed `` completed.
A pharmacy service which aims to stop people clogging up GP surgeries
with unnecessary appointments says it's been a huge success. The scheme
is now in its 10th year. Pharmacists say the services they offer and save
patients time and money and keep the NHS running more efficiently.
Little Jacob Wood is the latest patient to sign up for a pharmacy
first at this chemist in Nottingham. His mum is already a member of the
scheme which allows her to receive certain medicines free of charge
without bothering her GP. I have four kids so it is usually good for
me if we need medicine. You can just come and get it straightaway if they
have a temperature instead of going to the doctor so it is really good.
It frees up a lot of the time GP so they can concentrate on more complex
needs. Pharmacy first has been up running for ten years. Some 250,000
patients have taken advantage of the scheme. This frees up tens of
thousands of GP appointments. Patients are being urged to use
their pharmacist more over the Christmas period to relieve pressure
on GPs. A lot of people don't appreciate what pharmacist can do
now. Pharmacists have upscaled considerably over the last ten
years. We are not just filling prescriptions. We provide a whole
range of services. Patients exempt from prescription charges can join
pharmacy first by registering at their local pharmacy.
If you are leaving it to the last minute, you are not alone. We're
talking about Christmas shopping ` today was expected to be the busiest
day of the year on the UK's High Streets.
The Highcross centre in Leicester says it's had its best Christmas
since it opened five years ago. Jo Healey is there for us now. Good
evening. I hope you have picked up a bargain. Yes, hello. You may think
it is late in the day to be shopping at this place is open until nine
o'clock tonight. I struggle to park my car here this morning it was so
busy. Last week they had half a million people shopping here. Today
they were expecting 94,000 shoppers. Why are all leaving its soul mate?
`` so late. We got married a week ago and we
haven't had time. 0 We got married a week ago and we
haven't had time. It has to be done this Christmas. I've left it to the
last minute. We started quite early on in October as though we have
managed to find a good bargain when we needed it. But you're still
shopping, why? For me, something to wear on Christmas Day. I want to see
if I can get a bargain for myself now, you save money if you wait.
Just finishing off today. Even though it is one of the busiest days
to do it? I was working. We tried to do as much as we could online but we
forgot a few things. Would going home, we got here early and now we
are done. Well, Joe is the general manager. Is it normal for people to
finish in such a rush? Absolutely. People are finished work, school
broke up and we anticipate this kind of rush just before Christmas. We
heard people saying they're looking for bargains already, are you
expecting another surge on Boxing Day with the scale `` with the
sales? We are expecting Boxing Day and the days after to be huge, they
always are. Is this a record`breaking year? It definitely
is for us. We're five years old now. Have extended customers will stop it
has been really successful which is great for our retailers. Thank you
for joining us. It sounds like a happy Christmas here. Back to you.
Still to come. Drama on the field of play.
A squirrel stopped play. Much hilarity at the match between
Leicester City and QPR after a rodent invades the pitch.
Sport is just around the corner but here's something with a football
theme, because when X Factor winner Sam Bailey 0
theme, because when X Factor winner Sam Bailey sang at the King Power
stadium last week, she told the crowd it it was her Christmas
present to them. Now the former Gartree prison officer from
Leicestershire has got the present she was hoping for ` the Christmas
number one. Here's Quentin Rayner. It is called skyscraper and it has
taken Sam Bailey to the heights of the charts. 0
taken Sam Bailey to the heights of the charts. With her debut single,
the X factor winner has secured the Christmas number one spot. The
devoted foxes fan got to sing at last week at the stadium. To
celebrate getting number one, I'm going to spend an wonderful
Christmas with my family, maybe have a bit of champagne but I don't drink
so I will go back to a cup of tea. I can't wait to celebrate with my
family and friends. It has been amazing. The single is one of the
fastest selling of the year and the proceeds are going to two children
charities. I still don't feel famous because I am still acting stupid are
owned famous people. I still love my egg and chips and steak and chips.
I'm still me. The prison service said any celebration inside Gartree
would be inappropriate but they congratulated Sam on her massive
achievement. Merry Christmas everyone. It is great that the money
is going to children's charities. Now for sport. I have never seen a
reaction to a half`time performance like that one.
We are going to start with cricket because Graeme Swann's brother has
left the Nottinghamshire defence. Graeme Swann created controversy by
retiring and then suggesting that some international cricketers had
their heads up their own backsides. I asked his brother about this. I
think the reaction has been a bit strong. I can understand he's making
accusations, but no names have been named so until names have been put
forward people should reserve judgement. He has always been quite
outspoken. He always does things in a certain style, including the
announcement of the retirement, what you make of the timing and the
reaction? I thought the end of the series might have been his time to
go at some of the reaction has been ludicrous. You would think he had
left in the middle of war, dereliction of duty and all that
nonsense. He is a sportsman who thinks he has hit the wall and
walked off into the sunset and that is all there is to it. You suspect
it will blow over and we will be left looking back over his career,
what would you say? I think what he has achieved has been astonishing.
He debuted just before his 30th birthday, he achieved so much in
five years and it was amazing. He has this image with the drive, he
must have steel behind him? I think he has a facade to some degree, he
has always been a bit about JoCo. He was always a professional sportsman.
Two days into controversies, is part of him that will enjoy that? Part of
him well. He likes to be the centre of attention, he admits that. Part
of think it is ridiculous, all the attraction. When it comes down to
it, yes just finally hit the wall and that's what it comes down to.
In football, it's been a significant weekend for Leicester City. And yet
another winning one for Derby County. Leicester had a great win
but more importantly their financial future appears to be secure. The
club's owner has effectively wiped out debt of ?103 million by
converting loans to shares. It was the Christmas present to top the
lot, a club saddled with debts of over 100 million is now stable and
then victory over a promotion rival. The only thing which stopped
everyone was a squirrel. He took centre stage for five minutes. Nice
one for the goalkeeper 0 centre stage for five minutes. Nice
one for the goalkeeper to chase the animal off the pitch and then for
showing his understanding with this goal. This goal leaves them third in
the table. Meanwhile Derby County get their seventh in a row. It was
followed by a missed penalty and missed chances before this wonderful
finish made it too. There was a little warble when this own goal was
scored. Craig Bryson soon cut through the defence to ease derby to
another classy Vic today in their astonishing run of results. ``
classy victory. Nottingham Forest believe they've
got a good Christmas in store. Their list of matches looks tough `
they're playing three of the top six. But on their trip to the
Children's Wards at the Queen's Medical Centre this afternoon, they
were taking it in their stride. As Mark Shardlow reports. Who's that
dressed in red carrying presents? One of them is the hero of the
weekend, coming to hand out guests. That's a great strike, what is says.
He made two stunning saves at Birmingham. He said he definitely
touch this one but was most pleased with his acrobatics here. He kept
yet another clean sheet. Andy Reid is no stranger to these wards. He
enjoyed a bit of ant. Who is your favourite player? And day. It's a
setup. Most of us have children ourselves. My son was in here when
he was born. It is nice to come back and try and put a smile on the faces
of the children. Forest have been given Christmas day off before
kicking off their programme al home to QPR boss. We look forward to them
coming to the city ground. A winner too would make a nice present. I
have asked them to surprise me this year for a present.
In League One Notts County were moments away from returning to the
foot of League One ` but battled back against Bristol City.
This is the 89th minute at Meadow Lane. County are a goal down.
They're pressing for an equaliser and they're awarded a penalty. The
kick's taken by Alan Sheehan ` and it's a valuable draw for Notts as
they enter the key Christmas period. Mansfield Town had a dramatic day `
even by their standards ` as their slide down League 0
even by their standards ` as their slide down League Two continues.
Jamie McCombes second had given the Stags a 2`1 lead and the points
looked safe as the match went into injury time. But then came the
pantomime ending. Accrington Stanley scored twice in added time to steal
a 3`2 win. The late goals leave the Stags without a league win in 12
games. Rugby. The Leicester Tigers captain
Toby Flood is to leave the club at the end of the 0
Toby Flood is to leave the club at the end of the season. Director of
Rugby Richard Cockerill confirmed the news after the Tigers heavy
defeat at title rivals Saracens. Flood's got 60 England caps and has
been at Leicester for five years. The club had been hopeful they'd
persuade him to stay ` but he now seems likely to go and play in
France. Tigers' Christmas started very badly. They conceded six tries
at Saracens in a rare heavy defeat going down by 49 points to ten.
That's it for the sport. Thank you. Loved the squirrel.
Now you don't need us to tell you that with only two sleeps left until
Christmas Day, it's an exciting time for children. But how much has the
festive season changed over the years? We've been to Kirk Langley
Primary School in Derbyshire to ask pupils what they think Christmas was
like in the olden days. I don't think they had Christmas trees and
tinsel is and angels. They wouldn't have got much presence because they
were quite poor. Except for the king and queen. I wasn't there. I think
they didn't get much presence in the olden days. My mummy told me she
only got an orange, some pencils and mints. I think they would go around
building snowmen and things. I think they might go sledding. They had no
television and no heating. There was no Christmas lights or electricity.
They would use a gramophone to play music. It is like a thing, you put
what you put what he wanted and it goes round and round. In the olden
days, they wouldn't have that much decorations. I think they would
because Christmas Day is a time to have Choi and peace and love and
hope. Happy Christmas. You have to have a bit of hope. He said Love.
So what was the reality? How was Christmas celebrated decades ago? We
asked Teresa Mikula to delve into the archives. Here's her selection
of family films celebrating the festive season, some dating back to
the 1930's. Well, this our last full East
Midlands Today # Santa baby... # Hurry down the
chimney tonight. # Noel, noel. # The programme will
return on January the a lot has changed but a lot hasn't.
Let's see what the all important Christians that the Christmas
weather will be like. It will be called an crisp on Boxing
Day but It will be called an crisp on Boxing
Day before that we have stormy conditions to contend with. Deals
and very heavy rainfall. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning.
This is for the Peak District which could have gale force winds. The jet
stream is driving all the weather systems are way and this area of low
pressure is with us at the moment. The rain has eased for a time
through the end of the afternoon. The winds have been strengthening as
we go through the afternoon. Into the evening, we will see the rain
becoming intense and the winds becoming stronger. We might get
gusts of 50 miles an hour Wales play and possibly up to fit `` 60 miles
an hour. The heavy rain will clearly in the early hours. We get lost in
the showers behind that. Tomorrow we continue to have squally showers,
they may be wintry in each, especially on high ground. There
will also be bright 0 especially on high ground. There
will also be bright and sunny conditions. It will remain windy
throughout Christmas Eve self. It is feeling much colder tomorrow. Highs
of six or seven Celsius. The winds continue to die down, giving us are
settled Christmas day. The frost starts on Christmas Day. Friday
looks like we are set to have another spell of wet and windy
weather. We will keep you updated in the next few days.
Do come and join us. This is our last bulletin. The programme returns
on January the 2nd. Although, as you'd expect, we'll have news
bulletins throughout the festive period here on BBC One. However
you're spending Christmas and the New Year ` may it be everything you
hoped for. We're leaving you tonight ` in traditional style ` with some
young choristers from Leicester Cathedral singing, Hark the Herald
Angels sing. Good night and Merry Christmas.
# MUSIC: Hark The Herald Angels Sing by Leicester Cathedral choristers. #
Glory to the newborn king! # Peace on earth, and mercy mild. # God and
sinners reconciled. # Joyful all ye nations rise. # Join the triumph of
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