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Bosses at the Yarl's Wood Ddtention Centre in Bedfordshire have

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apologised today after fears for the safety of women being held there.

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In an exclusive interview for the BBC a mental health nurse

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who used to work at the centre describes how he repeatedly raised

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concerns about the treatment of women with psychological problems.

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The warning comes on the dax the Serco security group, which

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runs Yarl?s Wood, has been defending its handling of investigations

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What happened behind this pdrimeter fence has today been the subject

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Sexual allegations have been made and doubts raised about

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the way they were investigated by Serco.

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A former detainee at Yarl's Wood has spoken out, claiming gu`rds

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He came to my room and he touched me inapproprhately.

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But I later found out that he was actually sleeping around

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Noel worked at Yarl's Wood `s a mental health nurse two years ago.

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He says he repeatedly raised concerns about the assessment

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and treatment of women with psychological problems.

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of a patient of his with a history of self harm being assaulted.

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I was told that an individu`l has gone into her room and had

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The officer made it very cldar that there was an investigation

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Made it very clear that she had been assaulted

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You do not cross that line, it is quite simple.

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The private company that runs the centre came to Westminster

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today to answer some tough questions.

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Do you want to take this opportunity to apologise for those women who

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have had to make these allegations about the guards who work

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I would like to comment specifically on the report.

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Before I do that, your last point, we set very high standards

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On those instances where we have fallen short of

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the standards that we have set for ourselves, I absolutely am sorry

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Serco rejects there is an endemic culture of

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The committee said it wanted to hear the detainees' side

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of the story and plans to vhsit the centre in the near future.

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This at a time when the contract to run Yarl's Wood is up for rdnewal.

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An investigation is being rd`opened into the deaths of five people

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at a Northampton care home five years ago.

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The residents of the Parkside House and Nursing Home in St Matthew's

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Waseem Miza has the background to this case.

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Let me just remind you, first of all, this was about five elderly

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rep, residents in Northampton. All five died within the space of two

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weeks in 2009. `` five elderly residents. At the time, it was ruled

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they had died from natural causes but an investigation was latnched

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and found they had suffered from severe neglect. The home was closed

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down later and the remaining residents were moved elsewhdre. By

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the summer of 2009, the homd simply could not manage. As a result, the

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Nursing and Midwifery Counchl struck off five minutes members of staff.

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So why has the investigation been relaunched? `` five members of

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staff. Because the owner and her deputy appeared before the council.

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They were accused of failing to carry out basic duties. The police

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have reviewed this tribunal and are now reopening the criminal

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investigation. They want to speak to anyone else who may have had friends

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or relatives at Parkside during that time to come forward.

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A new acute cardiac unit is preparing to open

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The 62`bed ward building is part of a major redevelopment at

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It will mean people with urgent heart conditions can be assdssed

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At the front of the hospital ` the new ward building.

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Even the beds and equipment have not been put in yet.

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In just two weeks, these corridors and wards will be open to p`tients.

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This is where you would arrhve if you were referred urgently

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deliberately designed to dr`w you there first.

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Look how close the assessment bays are.

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There will be five beds and you would be assessed bx a

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checking things like your oxygen levels and blood pressure.

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A patient with a chest infection who is not

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that unwell but needs a day of observation, perhaps a drip and

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antibiotics, they might movd across to the blue area in that direction,

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with the intention of staying in the hospital for 24 hours.

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They would be assessed the next morning by another consultant

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It is part of a wider ?170 lillion upgrade of the hospital.

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Over at the QE2 hospital, it will eventually only provide

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Anyone needing emergency treatment or a stay in hosphtal

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The trust says it has been paid for by the NHS, without using any

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private finance or high cost borrowing that has left trusts

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They are confident patients will approve when it opens on 8th July.

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One set of easyJet's flights could be cancelled tomorrow because of

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action by French air traffic controllers. Today, RyanAir has

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cancelled 96 flights. Passengers are advised to check with their airline

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before Time to get

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the weather now with Alex Dolan We'll be back with our Breakfast

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bulletins first thing The last of any showers quickly

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clearing away and the rest

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of the night looks largely dry. There will be some clear spdlls

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around and some mist patches where there has been

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a lot of moisture. Although most of us will st`y

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in double figures, There will be plenty

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of sunshine through the morning Increasing cloud for the afternoon,

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perhaps producing Thursday a bit warmer,

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unsettled by the end of the week. with the summary. Turning more

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unsettled as we head towards the weekend.

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Good evening. After what has been a glorious few weeks of summer

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sunshine for many of us, things are about to change over the next 2

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hours. We are seeing the change marked by the weather front on the

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satellite image. To the south of that, 25 degrees, in Bournemouth for

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instance, but in the north and east, cooler, fresher air. That sets the

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scene for tomorrow. A cooler day. We will have hazy sunshine on offer,

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although cloudier skies than we have been used it over the past week

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Tonight we have thicker cloud bringing more two spots of drizzly

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rain for some southern areas. Many parts dry, but we have the rain

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heading in towards the far

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