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And now the news for the East Midlands. I'm Jo Healey. First
tonight, more signs the NHS is under huge pressure from the region's
ageing population. The number of over`70s going to casualty by
ambulance in the last three years went up by 28%, to more than
120,000. The number of over`90s rose by 56%. Here's our health
correspondent, Rob Sissons. More of us, like Walter, are living longer.
He is 92, a retired miner who suffers chronic breathing problems.
It has been an anxious week for his family. He was rushed to hospital
with a bad chest infection. When I came here, I was on a point of
hitting the buffers, you might say, collapsing in a bad way. I am better
now, but what I have got is what will be a
lasting problem. At Nottingham's medical centre, the number of
patients being brought in by ambulance aged over 70 has gone up
by a third in three years. The unit was not designed for this number.
The head of the department says more investment in social care is needed.
We have less community beds available, so we 0
We have less community beds available, so we have to discharge a
patient if we think we can discharge that person, but community bed
availability is less than it needs to be, so we find it harder to
discharge that patient and carry on the care package. In the control
room at East Midlands Ambulance Service, they handle more calls each
year involving the frail and elderly. Many can be time`consuming
and complex to sort out. They require patience and careful
handling by paramedic staff, sometimes using specialist
equipment, which many ambulances now carry with them. Preventing more
elderly people going into accident and emergency is one of the biggest
challenges as an ageing population is expected to get larger.
Next, there's hope for people looking for work in the building
industry, with predictions of up to 10,000 new jobs in the region's
construction sector in the next five years. Experts point to a rise in
the number of private homes now being built. Building a stronger
economy. That is the hope and the forecast from the construction
industry training board. Building work last year was worth around ?7
billion to the East Midlands economy and the board believes that will
grow. It says its research shows the construction of private homes here
will go up by 4% a year between now and 2018, and work on public sector
housing by 1.5%. That should mean more jobs. We are talking about just
under 10,000 jobs, sustainable opportunities over the next four to
five years. That is hugely encouraging for the sector and our
local employers. It will offer opportunities, employment, skills to
the local community and the region as a whole. Plans on paper from
developers are more often being turned into successful schemes on
the ground. The sites we are standing at today are not short`term
projects. They are going well onto 2017. This is sustained employment
for the operatives, staff and local people we engage with. But business
leaders say keeping hold of these long`term projects won't be enough
itself. `` by itself. In terms of construction itself, that is not
sustainable. It has to be a much broader based recovery in all
sectors, especially sectors like ourselves, high`value manufacturers
and exporters to generate the wealth that leads to house building.
A housing association has apologised to a 67`year`old pensioner from
Derbyshire who has been living with a flooded kitchen for a fortnight. A
pipe above John Fowkes' flat in Ripley leaked, putting his kitchen
out of action. He's had to empty buckets of water every two hours and
cook on his lounge floor. Today, work to mend it began, and
Metropolitan, the housing association responsible, said all
repairs will be completed in the next week. John is a vulnerable
adult and the last thing he needs is this level of anxiety. This is
supposed to be a safe environment for him. He has been left in this
state for 15 days. In sport, The Queen's Baton Relay is
to visit the East Midlands on its way to Glasgow for the Commonwealth
Games. It will visit Leicester on June 10th as part of a two`week tour
of England. Local people will be chosen to be baton bearers. And the
city centre will give locals and visitors a chance to try out some of
the sports that will be on show at the Games. Earlier, I got reaction
from councillor Piara Singh Clair, the assistant city mayor for
Leicester. I am really excited. Really delighted that Leicester has
been chosen to host the Queen's Batten relay for the Commonwealth
Games, which are due to be hosted in Glasgow this July. What will it mean
for the city? I think it means a lot. We have a lot of experience in
hand to deliver those big events, and it will offer us a chance to
lend our support behind the England team. Do you think it will be as big
a success as the torch relay, which was phenomenal? Of course it will
be, and we have lined up the programme that will be shortly
announced. It will be a great success in the city centre and in
different parts of the community. Thank you very much for joining us.
Let's see what the weather's up to now.
Let's see what the weather's up to We have had a mild winter so far but
tomorrow it will feel a little colder. It won't be blue skies and
sunshine, instead we keep hold off the cloud and we can expect a
scattering of showers. It's a cloudy story out there at the moment, we
will have showers tonight turning wintry across higher ground
especially into North Nottinghamshire and the Peak
District. We have a risk of rice on untreated services, where the
temperatures will be falling below freezing, but for the rest of us
looks like a frost free night. It's chilly start to Thursday, rain
pushing its way in, light and patchy throughout the day the little wintry
in higher ground, feeling cold with that easterly wind and looking at
highs of five degrees tomorrow and then wet and windy on Friday.
Newsnight's starting over on BBC Two now. We're back with more in the
morning, starting just before 6:30am, but from all of us here on
the late team, have a very good night.
Hello. The next dose of wet and windy weather is due to arrive on
Friday from the Atlantic. Today we have had an easterly wind bringing
the chill as the threat of icy patches comes to the north where the
cloud breaks. More cloud further south. Maybe some sleet and snow in
parts of East Wales as we engage the cold air. Temperatures in the
south-east are not changing much because the rain keeps going. It
will be colder further north, though. Icy patches are possible.
More wintry showers in the north-east. Quite a few flood
warnings in Tayside. Write to the west of the Pennines. -- brighter.
Figure clad -- thicker cloud further south. We see some dampness in parts
of the West Country, possibly into East Wales. In the north-west of
Wales is the cloud breaks, temperatures will be close to. Not
as cold as that in Northern