28/03/2014 East Midlands Today


28/03/2014

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With your news now for the East Midlands, I'm Maurice Flynn. First

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tonight: understaffed, under pressure and now under orders to do

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things better. That's the outcome of the first in a series of major

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hospital inspections in the East Midlands. Inspectors from the Care

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Quality Commission decided the University Hospitals of Leicester

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requires improvement. Our Health Correspondent Rob Sissons has more.

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Things need to be better. This report very much emphasise as we

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have very good staff who want to improve. The trust has had to go

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overseas to get more nurses. Alfonso has moved from Spain to work in the

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accident and emergency. It is is staffed by a lot of foreign nurses.

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In this people are very welcoming. A new group that represents patients

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said it will now keep a close eye on things. If I put it this way, it

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could be a lot worse. There are quite a lot of positives. We went to

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see change and we want to see improvement. We think it is

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happening. The trust knows it has to improve. The challenge will be

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sustaining it. There are financial pressures on the NHS.

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Stephen Dorrell is not only one of Leicestershire's MPs, but also chair

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of the parliamentary Health Committee. He told me constituents

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are generally supportive of their local hospitals. As always with

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acute hospitals in the health service, the vast majority of people

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who go into the Leicester general or others have a positive experience

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when they get there. But that doesn't excuse failure is of in

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particular accident and emergency service that were reported in

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December. I'm pleased the CQC has been honest with the public about

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what goes on in the Leicester Royal and other hospitals in Leicester.

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Also particularly pleased that we are able to see an improving trend.

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Is it a good thing that we are hearing bad things? Does it mean the

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watchdogs are doing their job? The CQC has been up in front of the

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health committee that I'd share on an annual basis since the beginning

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of this Parliament. We were very concerned and extremely critical of

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the performance of the CQC a few years ago. It is now under new

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management and is a much more reliable measure of the quality of

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care that has been made statutorily independent by the government, in

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order that it can speak truth under power. I think it is a key part of

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the system. What about your other constituents, those who might work

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in his hospitals? How demoralising must it be? I think what they will

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here is what they see in their day`to`day lives, that this... These

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are hospitals under pressure. They are hospitals which are addressing

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this pressures. Of course, no one likes to work in an organisation

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that has been criticised but it is even worse to work in an

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organisation that you know is not doing what it should do and just

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getting a whitewash treatment in public. That simply undermined that

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undermines people 's confidence. New figures reveal parts of the East

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Midlands are facing a 25% cut in the number of mental health workers who

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treat some of the most vulnerable people. One expert warns it's

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putting lives at risk. Both those of the patients and the wider public.

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Chris Doidge reports. In Ripley, Jonathan tells me about

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his experience of getting help for mental illness. You seem to go in

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and they have one key worker. Sorry, that key worker is off. He is on

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holiday. So you've got to go through your life story again and again.

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It's happening... It has happened this year about three times. Many

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other charities have found their funding squeeze. There have been

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operational difficulties. You're going to have to reduce the amount

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of work that we've been able to do. There have been cuts across the

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sector. Local councils have reduced the grant funding and in the NHS,

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mental health trusts have had to reduce the number of beds available.

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Among those units in trouble in recent years, this one in Leicester.

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After several bad reports on the Care Quality Commission, there are

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signs of improvement. We've got to focus on the important pieces of

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information. What are our patients are saying and what are our staff

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saying? Were they recommend these services to their friends and

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family? Demographic changes and better awareness mean mental health

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is becoming a bigger and bigger issue. In the East Midlands, as in

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the UK more widely, the funding for mental health is not keeping pace.

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This issue will be debated on the Sunday Politics for the East

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Midlands. Join John Hess and Andrew Neil, here

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on BBC One from 11.15. Officials have described a case of

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fly`tipping near Castle Donington, as the worst they've ever seen. It's

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a mountain of waste, seemingly dumped in one. They say it's going

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to take a week just to clear it, let alone trace those responsible.

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That's your news. I'll leave you now with Anna Church

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and your weekend weather. Something dry and warm this weekend,

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you are in luck. Our wind is changing direction, ringing in

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warmer air. There will be plenty of hazy sunshine. Overnight tight, it

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looks like we may get one or two showers into the East but for most

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of us, it is a dry night. A fair amount of cloud and maybe a little

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bit of missed in places. Staying frost free. We wake up with the

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cloud. We start to see that southeasterly wind pushing it away.

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It's a breezy day and they will be plenty of hazy sunshine. There will

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be a little bit of high cloud around but feeling lovely and warm in that

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son with a high of 17 Celsius. It is a similar story on Mothering

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Sunday. More in the way of cloud on Sunday but still plenty of

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sunshine. Decent temperatures for this time

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forward on Saturday night. Now here is Nick Miller with the national

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forecast. is Nick Miller with the national

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Hello. The clocks go forward this weekend, marking the beginning of

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British summertime, BST. It has nothing to do with the weather. As

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the clocks changed last year we were coming out of the March freeze.

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This year, though, as the clucks change, the weather is warming up.

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Not clear blue sky, the sun will be hazy but the thunder storms will be

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gone. It will be mainly dry. And the weather is lively out there

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this evening. There are bands of rain with hail over western parts of

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the UK. A bit of rain for parts of the north

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of England and south-west of Scotland. And lots of hill fog into

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the Pennines. Mist and fog in the central and eastern areas of

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England. It is a slow start in the morning. A lot of cloud around first

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thing. Misty in places. Damp on the ground after the overnight rain in

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south-west England. Clearing, it may threaten the Isles of Scilly

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throughout the weekend,

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