01/03/2017 London News


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Good evening and welcome to BBC London news with me, Louisa Preston.

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"Out-patients having procedures in corridors and sewage leaking

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Just some of the damning findings by health watchdog

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The NHS Trust which runs three hospitals in Watford,

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St Albans and Hemel Hempstead is being kept in special measures

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for the third consecutive year, as Sarah Harris reports.

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After 23 hospital stays, the last one for five weeks, 92-year-old

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Doris Harrison, being treated for pneumonia, should be a good judge of

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how Watford General could be improved. It's hard for them.

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There's not enough nurses. I don't think areas. They could do with

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another one on the ward. But inspectors didn't criticised

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staffing levels at the trust that includes Watford, St Albans and

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Hamill hospitals. Their report said outpatients provisions dignity were

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compromised, the emergency department did not treat patients

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quickly enough, and the temperature on some awards was too high to store

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medicines. There were issues with the environment, where it's very

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cramped. In outpatients they were patients having procedures in

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corridors. Staff had almost become normalised. It's not appropriate to

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be having care in the corridor. Despite improvements, the trust will

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remain in special measures with nurses and doctors under pressure.

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But managers insist they are heading in the right direction. As far as

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patients are concerned the trust is still failing. I think we're on a

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journey, as CQ CTC have said, we have a long way to come, and we've

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come a long way. We are focused on our quality improvement journey.

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There are substantial improvement in maternity and critical care,

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improvement in medicine and surgery across all sites. The efforts being

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made are appreciated by Yvonne Stanley from Abbots Langley, who

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gave birth to both her children at Watford general and despite

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challenges believes the community should get behind the health

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service. I think it's an awful shame and there has been identified room

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for improvement. On the whole my experience has been generally

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positive latterly, had a bad experience with my mum a few years

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ago. I can never be more than thankful to Watford General Hospital

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for saving mine and my daughter's life. Its gratitude shared by Doris,

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who it's likely will be a patient at Watford general for some time yet.

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With staff determined to make further improvements, they will

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remain under scrutiny. Businesses want the Chancellor parts

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of south-east London and Kent could grind to a standstill if an urgent

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decision is made on where to build a new Thames crossing. Both the

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Federation of Small Businesses and London Chamber of Commerce say the

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government needs to make good on its promise for another bridge or tunnel

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Wood risk damaging the region's economy. Simon Jones reports.

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A crossing that can't cope, causing gridlock on the region's roads.

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That's why the Federation of Small Businesses

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says in addition to the

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Dartford Crossing a new lower Thames crossing is needed now.

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There is a real problem with traffic congestion,

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particularly here in Kent, but not just cant, London,

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That will only be solved if we have another lower Thames

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So we do need Chancellor Sir Philip Hammond to seize the day,

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really, in the budget, and take some action on this.

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In January last year, highways and then

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multi-billion pound tunnel east of Gravesend as its preferred

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option, rather than another crossing at Dartford.

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A public consultation attracted 47,000

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responses, but still no final decision from the government.

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They say the Dartford Crossing is creaking under the pressure of 15

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million crossings year, threatening to bring the south-east to a

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standstill. The government's promised to come to a decision in

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due course is not good enough. The government's promise

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to make a decision in due course is simply not good enough.

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Many in Dartford agree. I think it's disgusting

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that they've never made How much do you think

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the new crossing is needed? No one wants it on their doorstep

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but it's definitely needed. As soon as you get

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a snarl on the M25, an accident, that's it,

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snags all the way back for hours and people

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in Dartford are tailed back

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for hours and hours. There have been protests

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against the possible site near The Department for Transport

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said today it recognises the need for a new crossing,

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but said, again, a decision would be I'm optimistic we will actually

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get a decision this It's important we get the right

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decision that will give As soon as we get that

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decision of course we will All eyes will now be

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on the Chancellor Tonight one of Londons oldest

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football clubs is facing Leyton Orient has been served

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with a winding up order It's left fans anxious

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over the club's future. This Italian businessman bought

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Leyton Orient from Barry Hearn in the sum of 2014. Hearn said he was

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convinced he could take Orient places. Nobody envisaged it meant

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possibly out of the football league and out of business. Today Orient

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was served with a winding up order by HM Revenue and Customs, and are

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due in the High Court on March 20 to settle their debts with the taxman.

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He's barely spoken to the media since he took charge. He repeated a

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request from anyone for the club to be interviewed has been turned down.

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Leyton Orient won't make any comment. The fans in one of the

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oldest football clubs in London, for them it is worrying times. It

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gradually got more and more ridiculous. We know the club is in

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some debt, we know the chairman is trying to sell it now. At the same

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time we're not hearing directly from the chairman as to what the state of

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play is. Last year Albania's government abandon its attempt to

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have him extradited to face charges of money-laundering. He denied

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charges with his lawyers saying they were politically motivated. There

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has been to a mile on the pitch, employing nine managers in his nine

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years in charge. The team in serious danger of relegation out of the

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football league. Right now the fans are less concerned with what level

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their team plays at them whether they have a team at all to support.

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Chris Lake, BBC London News. This baby girl from Surrey is one of

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the youngest patients in the world to survive major abdominal surgery.

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Abigail Peters was born four months early weighing just over a pound.

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Doctors in tooting performed an operation on her at six days old,

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now her parents have finally been able to take home. They have been

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speaking to our correspondent. She was born prematurely at 23

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weeks, four months before her due date, weighing just more

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than a 1lb of sugar, Abigail's survival

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was At six days old, doctors

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discovered she'd badly ruptured her intestine,

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and her parents were told she needed It was suddenly, oh, no,

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she has to go through this. We knew she wouldn't

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survive, if she didn't have We knew that she might not survive

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surgery, but she definitely You know, we signed

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on the dottel line and we waited in this room,

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funnily enough, for three hours. St George's Hospital in Tooting,

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Is one of the leading places for paediatric

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surgery in the country. But surgical staff had never

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operated before on a baby who was As I said, her skin and her tissues

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were very jelly-like. If you hold them, she

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would start to bleed. If you can imagine, a baby that

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size has very little circulating blood volume,

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so you can't afford any blood loss. It was a great team of about 10

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people Focussing their The operation was

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a success and after four months recovering in

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the neonatal ward, her parents have For her to be so small

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and to go through all that and survive, she's an absolute

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miracle. She's been doing brilliantly

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and we've been to treat She's not on any monitors

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or oxygen or anything, but you still, kind of,

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wondering all the time, is she still breathing,

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is she breathing? She's had a lot of

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hurdles in her short life so far but she seems to have

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passed with flying colours. For the hospital, this

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may be a first, but for Abigail's parents are just delighted

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that every day she is getting A miracle baby. That's it for now

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for me, I'll hand you to Tomasz Schafernaker to find out what the

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weather is up to. The weather will rattle our windows

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a little bit tonight. Wind coming our way. Some rain, too. Not an

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awful lot but the wind will make its presence felt through tonight. Hence

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some of the winds left over in the morning will be breezy. Here come

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the arrows from the West. A few spots of rain, it really is just

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wind rather than rain. It'll be nippy. 2-4 C. Tomorrow very breezy

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in the morning. The rain to the north of us. We'll get away with a

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dry morning, dry afternoon, temperatures will be around that 10

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degrees mark. 11 in the cities. Not a bad day for most. Come Friday,

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what's this about? Rain coming in from morning onwards. It won't last

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very long, it should clear by the afternoon. Let's look at the

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outlook. A whole load outlook. A whole load of 11 is. What

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does that mean? Maybe John Hammond will tell you.

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We're in for a bumpy ride. The weather chopping and changing

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keeping us on our toes. Rain never too far away from our crystal ball.

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There has been rain around today across southern areas. This band of

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wet weather pushing through Wales and the Midlands. A little bit of

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the white stuff mixed in over the high ground Snowdonia, some snow for

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an trans-Pennine routes as well. Snow at low levels through the

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night. Further south the main story is the strength of the wind.

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Blustery. Gales on the western coast and through the English Channel.

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