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One of the country's leading teaching hospitals

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Inspectors rated safety at St George's Hospital in Tooting

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as "inadequate", with operating theatres "not fit for purpose".

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It joins a growing number of London hospitals which are being told

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Here's our political correspondent, Karl Mercer.

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The face of 21st century health care.

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And the face of something vdry different.

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Modern care in the neonatal unit, the renal transplant clinic,

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working out of premises that are long past their best.

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St George's in Tooting is a hospital that's struggling with its past

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This is its answer to a damning report from health inspectors.

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It'll be rebuilt after inspdctors found things so bad here th`t

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they've put the hospital trtst into special measures.

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Well, in two years, the sittation was that St George's had gone

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from being a good hospital, getting good results,

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to a hospital which had major problems with maintaining

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the basics, so the buildings were not maintained adequatdly.

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There were other safety precautions that were not in place.

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Infection control was not being done as it should.

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The rest of what inspectors found back in the summer is just `s bad.

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Some operating theatres, they said weren't fit for ptrpose.

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Several areas of the hospit`l's estate were in a state of dhsrepair.

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There was low morale amongst theatre staff and consultant surgeons.

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Water came in during heavy rain and leadership across sever`l

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It is a picture of the organisation which clearly shows that we haven't

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met the standards that we w`nt to meet and, therefore,

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I'm disappointed for the st`ff, I'm disappointed for the colmunity.

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Like many of these reports, though, the work of staff is praised,

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saying they are caring and professional.

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So, does a report like todax's change the way that parents

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here in the neonatal unit are thinking?

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Um, no, because I think bec`use we'd had the experience before,

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we know that the staff are really good and they are looking

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So, I'm not concerned about his care.

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It's not really too much of a problem for us.

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Everyone in here has been absolutely brillian.

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As Nicola says, the care has been fantastic with the baby and everyone

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This time last year the local MP was a doctor

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in the Emergency Department at St George's.

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Patients up and down the cotntry are facing the same problem

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we are seeing throughout all of London, which is frankly

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We have a Government that are not putting in what we need to deliver

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The Government says it is pttting ?10 billion more into the NHS.

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Here, St George's had started its improvements but admits

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it'll have to borrow from cdntral NHS funds for more work to be done.

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If it isn't given the money, it'll have to cut services.

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More now on news that the M`yor has ordered an investigation

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into the cost of converting the former Olympic stadium

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Our reporter, Jannat Jalil, has been looking into this.

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We're talking about increase of ?50 million.

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That's right. And that's just since last year. When Boris Johnson said

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the cost would be ?272 millhon. Now Sadiq Khan is saying the re`l figure

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is actually ?323 million. So how has the cost gone up so dramatically?

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Sadiq Khan is laying the bl`me squarely on his predesows o. His

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spokes mab has said he is ddeply concerned about the finances of the

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Olympic Stadium, which he s`ys has "clearly been left in a tot`l and

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utter mess by the previous administration at City Hall." West

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Ham is paying ?12 million of the total but it is a fraction of the

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cost, and the rest of the bhll is being picked up by the taxp`yer

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What reaction has there been to the news? Tonight the Taxpayers'

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Alliance has come out with ` statement welcoming the inqtiry and

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said for too long the details on the deal had been kept secret and lacked

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proper scrutiny. It says it is a ludicrously funded taxpayer subsidy

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and demands explanation to those signed off in the agreement. I

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should say we have yet to hdar from Boris Johnson himself on thhs. OK,

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thank you. Police have confirmed they're

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investigating a series of incidents in North London in which fireworks

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were aimed at them, as they were dealing

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with anti-social behaviour. Residents on one estate told us

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how rockets were pushed through letterboxes

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and thrown at cars. These are just some

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of the videos, all posted Whether you were driving

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in your car, or sitting at home So residents here posted

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and they posted in their hundreds. Someone literally got a firdwork

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in their arm yesterday while they were walking thehr child

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home from school. And this was amongst

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the worst footage filmed. Someone shared apparently a light

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from a rogue firework. The morning after and the owner

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didn't want to speak to us but he did confirm off camera indeed

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that a fireworks' box had bden thrown over his wall and set alight

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to his shed, tree and fence. Eventually I found one resident

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who was prepared to speak on camera. concerned, but I have seen

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they always gather here. I don't know if it is Hallowe'en

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or not, they obviously gathdr here and really it makes

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the residents scared and worried. At this time of year,

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teenagers misusing fireworks What is about what happened here,

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is that there were some 60 people firing fireworks at each other

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and according to the residents that I've been speaking to,

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that they weren't children, they weren't teenagers,

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they were in fact, mostly in their 20s, men and women,

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some wearing balaclavas, others firing fireworks frol piping

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from their shoulders. A few days ago this

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was filmed in Stamford Hill. Keep an eye on the

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teenagers with the bike. Their victims knew nothing

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of what was happening. One eight-year-old girl was left

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with burns to her leg and the police This patrol car was hit by fireworks

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in Tottenham last night. It prompted this call

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from the local MP. I think when fireworks can be used

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as weapons, in the age in which we are, and they could be

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very, very dangerous weapons, indeed, very, very, sadly,

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we are coming to a stage where we may need to withdr`w them

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from everday use for the public And the more footage

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like this is posted online, Next, it's the unmistakable sign

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that turned the Met's headqtarters Now, though, Scotland Yard's HQ

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is moving - to a former polhce The old building is said to be

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outdated and too expensive but as Daniel Sandford reports,

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it's been the Met's base NEWS REEL: Broadway, South West 1,

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a building in keeping with our time. The home of Scotland Yard

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from now on. It was 1967 when the Metropolitan

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Police moved into New Scotl`nd Yard, a time before e-mails,

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before computer mapping. The great train robber,

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Bruce Reynolds, still on thd run. Ten years later, in 1977,

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this was modern crime fighthng, Looking back at the pictures

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of herself, Rosalie Gist The excitement of working in

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the world famous New Scotland Yard, but also the casual sexism

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of the day. We would be asked to do things that

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men weren't asked to do. We would be asked to go out and get

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presents for the boss's wifd because they'd forgot

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it was her birthday. The Flying Squad, the Sweendy,

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headquartered in New Scotland Yard for decades, is perhaps the most

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famous group of You have that sense of pridd

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and achievement that you've actually Barry Phillips joined the Mdt

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in 1975 and was a Flying Sqtad Then, almost all the force's main

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units had head offices It brought together that

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cross-fertilisation of intelligence, of ideas,

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of thinking, of comraderie. From New Scotland Yard,

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the force had to cope with the IRA bombing campaign,

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and the 7/7 attacks and although many squads ard now

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elsewhere, the top brass will still be based

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at a new office in Westminster. This will be the fourth

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Scotland Yard and they've The point is, the Commissioner

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and his or her top officers have So, after nearly 50 years of crime

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reporters standing outside New Scotland Yard in front

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of the rotating silver But already a new one has appeared

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outside what will be the replacement headquarters

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on the banks of the Thames. Daniel Sandford, BBC News, `t the

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new New Scotland Yard. And I'll leave you with Stav Danaos

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for a look at the weather. And a chilly 1st November.

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Absolutely. Big difference. We lose the mild air and say good morning to

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the frosty weather for the next couple of days. That weather front

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we had spreading across the region through the day will clear `way

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overnight, clear skies, light winds, recipe for a cold one to cole. Maybe

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a touch of frost out in the Home Counties, generally around 4 or 5

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for the capital. Tomorrow morning we start on a cold night with plenty of

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sunshine. Through the day, set to stay dry, we are under the hnfluence

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of high pressure, north, north-westerly winds. Gener`lly

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light. Passing cloud here and there but lots of sunshine, temperatures

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11 at best. Much colder than what we have been used to. A cold, frosty

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start on thumplts you will be scraping the cars wherever xou are.

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Through the day some sunshine, temperatures 10 or 12. But notice

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behind me the cloud. That is because this weather front will comd across

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sending this weather for us on Friday, a yukky day, wet and cold.

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Through Saturday and Sunday, northerly winds pulling down, which

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means there will be sunshind and showers and it'll feel cool. To

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recap, looking good for the next couple of days, frosty mornhngs

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before turning unsettled. Good You know what, in

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evening. the last few days, much more following the calendar. A warm

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end to October, 1st November, abrupt change to the weather. In fact over

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the next few days, we will be getting colder air all the way from

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the north, almost from Arctic regions, a real nip in the air

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particularly for folks getting up early in the morning A good frost

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around and there is a frost on the way tonight. This is what is

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happening on the satellite. This ribbon of cloud is a cold front

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