26/06/2014 East Midlands Today


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And now the news for the East Midlands, I'm Dominic Heale. First

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tonight a massive shake up of the NHS in Leicester as it confronts a

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funding crisis. We're being told, without radical changes, thd money

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will run out, services will have to be cut and even patient safdty could

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be compromised. Doing nothing, NHS bosses say, would lead to htndreds

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of millions of pounds of debt in just a few years. It's likely to

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mean fewer beds in our big hospitals. Our health correspondent

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Rob Sissons reports. Without action we are told the financial problems

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will simply get worse. Up to eight five million overspend in fhve

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years. `` a ?400 million ovdrspend. One of the problems is the `geing

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population. The number of over 5s set to increase by 12% in that time

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in this region. The hospitals will have to go from three to two.

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Intensive care, complex surgery and the maternity unit at the gdneral

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could all be transferred to two other hospitals in Leicester. The

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boss of Leicester's hospitals says to acute sites are no longer viable.

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We will be in serious trouble in a few years' time. Firstly, wd will

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not be able to sustain clinhcally the services we have at the moment,

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particularly the way they are arranged around the city. Wd will

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not have enough money to sustain them, we get piecemeal cuts. We want

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to avoid that at all costs. In future we will see more pathents

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like Ann, she says the NHS lust spend money smarter but also provide

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specialist facilities for p`tients with dementia. I was in a w`rd with

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four patients who had dementia, it is a nightmare being in a w`rd with

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them. They scream all night long. This leading GP in the city says

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without brave and bold decisions, Leicestershire's NHS system will

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collapse. The whole system hs struggling. Patients cannot get

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appointments with GPs quite often. A departments are busy, hospital

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wards are full. We have to look at the different way to providd

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services. The big idea is to shift more help away from hospitals and

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closer to the homes of patidnts in the community. Saying it is one

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thing, delivering it will bd quite another. So, is moving servhces into

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the community the way the NHS has to go? I put the question to Bdccy

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Ashton from the King's Fund, an independent thinktank which carries

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out research into the health service. I think we need to look at

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very different models of how a service is delivered to pathents. It

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makes sense to do that. There is not necessarily evidence it is luch

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cheaper to provide care for people in their own homes but it is

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certainly better for them and their families. Quietly as they are a

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financial crisis facing the NHS `` why is there? There has been flat

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funding. That is since 2010 and yet and is going up, partly due to an

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increase in population, partly the costs of medical technology and the

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cost of clear, while demand is rising we need up to 6% extra a year

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depending on the calculations you use, you can see why there hs a gap

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developing. Between three and 6 at two keep up with public expdctation

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and the land, roughly in th`t area. Thank you. Legal proceedings have

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begun to get a group of travellers removed from a busy car park. Around

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20 caravans moved onto the Park And Ride site at Pride Park in Derby

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over the weekend. The City Council says it's served them with `n order

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to leave. And the authority says it's been told by the travellers

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that they intend to go withhn the next few days. A union says it's

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shocked by proposed cuts whhch would see over 100 firefighters lose their

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jobs. The Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service has to save over ?7

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million over the next five xears. Fire chiefs say lives won't be put

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at risk. Quentin Rayner reports Firefighters training this lorning

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but if the cuts go through their numbers could be reduced by up to

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one quarter. Our members ard in shock at the moment. We are

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terrified. Terrified for our own safety and for the safety of the

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public. The implications of what has been suggested is so signifhcant. Is

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it your opinion lives will be put at risk by these proposed cuts? Without

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a doubt. Firefighters lives will be put at risk and the public's lives

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will be put at risk. Three local regions will all lose a fird engine

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and manning of pumps will bd reduced from five to four. The servhce will

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not be the same but people will not be put in extra danger, says the

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fire chief. It does ensure we are able to meet the risk. Will lives be

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put at risk? We do not think so The proposals that are put forw`rd we

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believe we can still maintahn adequate resources against the risk

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in particular areas. We do not believe that is the case. It is

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hoped people in Leicestershhre will agree to a small rise in cotncil tax

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to reduce the need for cuts in the service. If they do not, thd cuts

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will come into effect next @pril. That's your news. So, it's goodbye

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from me, but with your weather now, here's Anna Church. After the dry

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weather we have had recentlx it is all change. Some heavy showdrs on

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the way. Cloud has been increasing through the day to day from the

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south`west. Fairly light and patchy rain tonight itself with thd minimum

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temperature of 12 Celsius. Some cloudy skies with outbreaks of rain

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through the morning on Frid`y. The risk of heavy showers and some rain

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and thunder. The rainfall m`y lead to some localised flooding. Top

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temperature around 16 Celsits. On Saturday there will be a good deal

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of dry weather around. Also a scattering of showers is possible.

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In a few moments we the outlook, hopefully by Sunday

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most of us will be dry. Alex has more detail now.

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If you have a barometer wowily have seen the pre low pressure moving in.

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There will be some sunny spells tomorrow but more downpours.

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There is a greater risk of seeing thunder and lightening. Here is the

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low pressure. Most of the showers have been

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