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Bosses at the Yarl's Wood Ddtention Centre in Bedfordshire have
apologised today after fears for the safety of women being held there.
In an exclusive interview for the BBC a mental health nurse
who used to work at the centre describes how he repeatedly raised
concerns about the treatment of women with psychological problems.
The warning comes on the dax the Serco security group, which
runs Yarl?s Wood, has been defending its handling of investigations
What happened behind this pdrimeter fence has today been the subject
Sexual allegations have been made and doubts raised about
the way they were investigated by Serco.
A former detainee at Yarl's Wood has spoken out, claiming gu`rds
He came to my room and he touched me inapproprhately.
But I later found out that he was actually sleeping around
Noel worked at Yarl's Wood `s a mental health nurse two years ago.
He says he repeatedly raised concerns about the assessment
and treatment of women with psychological problems.
of a patient of his with a history of self harm being assaulted.
I was told that an individu`l has gone into her room and had
The officer made it very cldar that there was an investigation
Made it very clear that she had been assaulted
You do not cross that line, it is quite simple.
The private company that runs the centre came to Westminster
today to answer some tough questions.
Do you want to take this opportunity to apologise for those women who
have had to make these allegations about the guards who work
I would like to comment specifically on the report.
Before I do that, your last point, we set very high standards
On those instances where we have fallen short of
the standards that we have set for ourselves, I absolutely am sorry
Serco rejects there is an endemic culture of
The committee said it wanted to hear the detainees' side
of the story and plans to vhsit the centre in the near future.
This at a time when the contract to run Yarl's Wood is up for rdnewal.
An investigation is being rd`opened into the deaths of five people
at a Northampton care home five years ago.
The residents of the Parkside House and Nursing Home in St Matthew's
Waseem Miza has the background to this case.
Let me just remind you, first of all, this was about five elderly
rep, residents in Northampton. All five died within the space of two
weeks in 2009. `` five elderly residents. At the time, it was ruled
they had died from natural causes but an investigation was latnched
and found they had suffered from severe neglect. The home was closed
down later and the remaining residents were moved elsewhdre. By
the summer of 2009, the homd simply could not manage. As a result, the
Nursing and Midwifery Counchl struck off five minutes members of staff.
So why has the investigation been relaunched? `` five members of
staff. Because the owner and her deputy appeared before the council.
They were accused of failing to carry out basic duties. The police
have reviewed this tribunal and are now reopening the criminal
investigation. They want to speak to anyone else who may have had friends
or relatives at Parkside during that time to come forward.
A new acute cardiac unit is preparing to open
The 62`bed ward building is part of a major redevelopment at
It will mean people with urgent heart conditions can be assdssed
At the front of the hospital ` the new ward building.
Even the beds and equipment have not been put in yet.
In just two weeks, these corridors and wards will be open to p`tients.
This is where you would arrhve if you were referred urgently
deliberately designed to dr`w you there first.
Look how close the assessment bays are.
There will be five beds and you would be assessed bx a
checking things like your oxygen levels and blood pressure.
A patient with a chest infection who is not
that unwell but needs a day of observation, perhaps a drip and
antibiotics, they might movd across to the blue area in that direction,
with the intention of staying in the hospital for 24 hours.
They would be assessed the next morning by another consultant
It is part of a wider ?170 lillion upgrade of the hospital.
Over at the QE2 hospital, it will eventually only provide
Anyone needing emergency treatment or a stay in hosphtal
The trust says it has been paid for by the NHS, without using any
private finance or high cost borrowing that has left trusts
They are confident patients will approve when it opens on 8th July.
One set of easyJet's flights could be cancelled tomorrow because of
action by French air traffic controllers. Today, RyanAir has
cancelled 96 flights. Passengers are advised to check with their airline
before Time to get
the weather now with Alex Dolan We'll be back with our Breakfast
bulletins first thing The last of any showers quickly
clearing away and the rest
of the night looks largely dry. There will be some clear spdlls
around and some mist patches where there has been
a lot of moisture. Although most of us will st`y
in double figures, There will be plenty
of sunshine through the morning Increasing cloud for the afternoon,
perhaps producing Thursday a bit warmer,
unsettled by the end of the week. with the summary. Turning more
unsettled as we head towards the weekend.
Good evening. After what has been a glorious few weeks of summer
sunshine for many of us, things are about to change over the next 2
hours. We are seeing the change marked by the weather front on the
satellite image. To the south of that, 25 degrees, in Bournemouth for
instance, but in the north and east, cooler, fresher air. That sets the
scene for tomorrow. A cooler day. We will have hazy sunshine on offer,
although cloudier skies than we have been used it over the past week
Tonight we have thicker cloud bringing more two spots of drizzly
rain for some southern areas. Many parts dry, but we have the rain
heading in towards the far