09/08/2013 Look East - West


09/08/2013

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ends emergency care for children, there is anger as a baby 20 hours

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for treatment 20 miles away. New hope for dementia sufferers as

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Cambridgeshire is any �10 million grant. Secrets from centuries gone

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by. Wily medieval churches carbon dating thousands of these bones. A

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controversial new home as Sixfields prepares to welcome Coventry City.

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Good evening. There's fresh controversy tonight for Bedford

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hospital after emergency services for children were axed. A young

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mother is angry that her nine-month-old baby had to wait

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seven hours to be transferred to Milton Keynes for treatment for

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concussion. It was back in April that trainee doctors expressed

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concern about lack of supervision. In July, the hospital announced

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emergency and overnight care were being suspended. Then in August, it

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said all youngsters under 19 would now be treated at nearby hospitals.

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Happy and smiling at home today but a week ago this nine-month old was

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the nosy and lethargic having fallen from a high chair. -- lazy -- the

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rosy. The trust had suspended emergency services for children and

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more than seven hours after the family alive, they were transferred

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to Milton Keynes. My baby was suffering from concussion and I was

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sitting waiting for the ambulance to come. The point is if she needs to

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stay in hospital she should have gone straight there. I think it is

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unacceptable and putting children at risk. Hospital managers have

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apologised and offered to meet the family to explain what happened. The

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hospital says the girl was seen within 20 minutes of arriving and a

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scan was carried out. The decision to transfer heart could not have

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been taken until the results had been seen. The hospital denies

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children are being put at risk and clear to heart and the was confused.

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Nobody said a word to us or let us know what was going on and that she

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was not an emergency. Many parents are unhappy that he and the services

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in Bedford have been scrapped. Protests were held outside the

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hospital. She says that unless this happens, many families will face a

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further wait for treatment. And if you've been affected by the

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issues at Bedford or Milton Keynes hospital then please do get in touch

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by emailing us. Researchers across our region

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looking at ways of preventing and treating dementia will benefit from

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a �10 million government grant. The money was awarded specifically to

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projects that will produce results and help patients within the next

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three years. It means that research work in Cambridge, Norwich and

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Hertfordshire can now go ahead. I don't want to forget. When Pauline

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was diagnosed with dementia, her son made this film to show how the

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disease developed over the years. It is a condition that affects the

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brain leading sufferers confused and increasingly reliant on others.

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has given personal care in the morning and in the evening. She has

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helped to bed and either I or the current carer mix foods. It is

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companionship. It is hoped that dementia sufferers will benefit from

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the search into the condition thanks to a �10 million government grant.

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One thing the Lord cat is why people suffering from dementia can have

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difficulties eating and drinking. can look at providing services which

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will allow people with dementia to get adequate nutrition and

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hydration. The money will be spent on projects across the East of

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England including one at the University of Hertfordshire. It is a

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large amount of money and involves universities and charities and

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working with patients and carers to move things along. We hope to

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develop a dementia hop across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk and

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Norfolk to show the rest of the country the expertise available. --

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dementia hub. If the money enough to make a difference? Sums of money

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such as several million can make a big difference and I think we can be

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confident we will have some results. All the schemes are designed to

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benefit patients and improve treatments within five years.

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Northamptonshire's police and crime commissioner has defended his

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decision to appoint a so-called faith director in the county,

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thought to be the first in the UK. The post will cost around �70,000,

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more than half of that will be the director's salary. But already

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questions are being raised about why a county like Northamptonshire needs

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a faith director, a point I put to Adam Simmonds earlier.

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During the election campaign, I was looking at some of our biggest

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social problems and looking at who can help me to deal with that, and a

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large number of people in this county are involved in faith groups

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and communities, and I think they can play a massive part in turning

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around some social problems. URA Police and Crime Commissioner. How

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much crime is generated by faith issues? I am looking at the crime

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aspect very seriously and that means I want to stop people off ending.

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Some of that is about earlier intervention. This is not a

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brand-new idea and in many states of the United States, there are the

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officers. I think we should embrace them and ask them to help. That is

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America. How much evidence do you have that people in your county want

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this post? I was elected on a manifesto that had a faith -based

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office within it. Some people may not like or understand it but my job

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is to deduce crime and fear of crime and look at how to prevent and get

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early interventions in place. Some things will not have been

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demonstrated to have worked by the time I get to the next election and

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I am not worried about that but this is part of the journey. Northampton

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is not a place you would think would have many assumes relating to fit?

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The issue is not about problems with the butt about using faith

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communities as part of the solution to some social problems, whether it

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is anti-social behaviour or school truancy. Can you help sort these

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people out or at least be a staging post on the way to recovery? This is

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about people with faith problems and using faith groups to help.

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In Northamptonshire, scientists are hoping carbon dating will reveal

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more about the people buried in a rare medieval crypt. The Ossuary is

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in a church in Rothwell and its full of thousands of human bones. It's

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one of only two in the whole of Britain.

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At the holy Trinity Church in Rothwell is a breathtaking room. It

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is one of only two ossuaries, thought to be more than 700 years

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old. There would have been hundreds of rooms like this across the

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country all lost during the Reformation. This was rediscovered

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almost by accident. It was forgotten around 1700. They built their

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staircase which people go down. Despite its looking like it could be

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part of some horror film, what I found is that the rumours quite

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peaceful and actually quite dignified. Now a team for the

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University of Sheffield are hoping to find on board about the bones

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using the latest technology. This is an interesting skull because if you

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look at the fractures, this did not happen because of damage after the

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person died. They may even relate to the cause of death. We have

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developed lots of techniques to look at these things so we can reassess

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everything that has been done using the latest scientific technology.

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