29/01/2014 East Midlands Today


29/01/2014

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And now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Jo Healey. First

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tonight, more signs the NHS is under huge pressure from the region's

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ageing population. The number of over`70s going to casualty by

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ambulance in the last three years went up by 28%, to more than

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120,000. The number of over`90s rose by 56%. Here's our health

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correspondent, Rob Sissons. More of us, like Walter, are living longer.

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He is 92, a retired miner who suffers chronic breathing problems.

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It has been an anxious week for his family. He was rushed to hospital

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with a bad chest infection. When I came here, I was on a point of

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hitting the buffers, you might say, collapsing in a bad way. I am better

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now, but what I have got is what will be a

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lasting problem. At Nottingham's medical centre, the number of

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patients being brought in by ambulance aged over 70 has gone up

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by a third in three years. The unit was not designed for this number.

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The head of the department says more investment in social care is needed.

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We have less community beds available, so we 0

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We have less community beds available, so we have to discharge a

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patient if we think we can discharge that person, but community bed

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availability is less than it needs to be, so we find it harder to

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discharge that patient and carry on the care package. In the control

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room at East Midlands Ambulance Service, they handle more calls each

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year involving the frail and elderly. Many can be time`consuming

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and complex to sort out. They require patience and careful

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handling by paramedic staff, sometimes using specialist

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equipment, which many ambulances now carry with them. Preventing more

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elderly people going into accident and emergency is one of the biggest

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challenges as an ageing population is expected to get larger.

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Next, there's hope for people looking for work in the building

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industry, with predictions of up to 10,000 new jobs in the region's

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construction sector in the next five years. Experts point to a rise in

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the number of private homes now being built. Building a stronger

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economy. That is the hope and the forecast from the construction

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industry training board. Building work last year was worth around ?7

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billion to the East Midlands economy and the board believes that will

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grow. It says its research shows the construction of private homes here

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will go up by 4% a year between now and 2018, and work on public sector

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housing by 1.5%. That should mean more jobs. We are talking about just

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under 10,000 jobs, sustainable opportunities over the next four to

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five years. That is hugely encouraging for the sector and our

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local employers. It will offer opportunities, employment, skills to

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the local community and the region as a whole. Plans on paper from

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developers are more often being turned into successful schemes on

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the ground. The sites we are standing at today are not short`term

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projects. They are going well onto 2017. This is sustained employment

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for the operatives, staff and local people we engage with. But business

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leaders say keeping hold of these long`term projects won't be enough

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itself. `` by itself. In terms of construction itself, that is not

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sustainable. It has to be a much broader based recovery in all

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sectors, especially sectors like ourselves, high`value manufacturers

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and exporters to generate the wealth that leads to house building.

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A housing association has apologised to a 67`year`old pensioner from

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Derbyshire who has been living with a flooded kitchen for a fortnight. A

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pipe above John Fowkes' flat in Ripley leaked, putting his kitchen

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out of action. He's had to empty buckets of water every two hours and

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cook on his lounge floor. Today, work to mend it began, and

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Metropolitan, the housing association responsible, said all

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repairs will be completed in the next week. John is a vulnerable

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adult and the last thing he needs is this level of anxiety. This is

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supposed to be a safe environment for him. He has been left in this

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state for 15 days. In sport, The Queen's Baton Relay is

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to visit the East Midlands on its way to Glasgow for the Commonwealth

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Games. It will visit Leicester on June 10th as part of a two`week tour

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of England. Local people will be chosen to be baton bearers. And the

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city centre will give locals and visitors a chance to try out some of

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the sports that will be on show at the Games. Earlier, I got reaction

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from councillor Piara Singh Clair, the assistant city mayor for

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Leicester. I am really excited. Really delighted that Leicester has

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been chosen to host the Queen's Batten relay for the Commonwealth

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Games, which are due to be hosted in Glasgow this July. What will it mean

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for the city? I think it means a lot. We have a lot of experience in

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hand to deliver those big events, and it will offer us a chance to

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lend our support behind the England team. Do you think it will be as big

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a success as the torch relay, which was phenomenal? Of course it will

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be, and we have lined up the programme that will be shortly

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announced. It will be a great success in the city centre and in

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different parts of the community. Thank you very much for joining us.

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Let's see what the weather's up to now.

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Let's see what the weather's up to We have had a mild winter so far but

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tomorrow it will feel a little colder. It won't be blue skies and

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sunshine, instead we keep hold off the cloud and we can expect a

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scattering of showers. It's a cloudy story out there at the moment, we

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will have showers tonight turning wintry across higher ground

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especially into North Nottinghamshire and the Peak

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District. We have a risk of rice on untreated services, where the

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temperatures will be falling below freezing, but for the rest of us

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looks like a frost free night. It's chilly start to Thursday, rain

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pushing its way in, light and patchy throughout the day the little wintry

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in higher ground, feeling cold with that easterly wind and looking at

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highs of five degrees tomorrow and then wet and windy on Friday.

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Newsnight's starting over on BBC Two now. We're back with more in the

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morning, starting just before 6:30am, but from all of us here on

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the late team, have a very good night.

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Hello. The next dose of wet and windy weather is due to arrive on

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Friday from the Atlantic. Today we have had an easterly wind bringing

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the chill as the threat of icy patches comes to the north where the

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cloud breaks. More cloud further south. Maybe some sleet and snow in

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parts of East Wales as we engage the cold air. Temperatures in the

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south-east are not changing much because the rain keeps going. It

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will be colder further north, though. Icy patches are possible.

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More wintry showers in the north-east. Quite a few flood

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warnings in Tayside. Write to the west of the Pennines. -- brighter.

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Figure clad -- thicker cloud further south. We see some dampness in parts

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of the West Country, possibly into East Wales. In the north-west of

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Wales is the cloud breaks, temperatures will be close to. Not

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as cold as that in Northern

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