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Still Inadequate ` children's services in Northamptonshird admit
they're struggling to improve a year on from a damning Ofsted report
Dying on the waiting list ` the dilemma faced by patients
For five years, and I could end up more Ilban though, I don't think it
is worth it. `` more ill. I'll be here later in
tapping into the region's bhotech expertise.
With superbugs becoming mord resistant than ever, we're
at the Cambridge company le`ding the way in antibiotics rese`rch
And after a day to remember with Le Tour, we examine the imp`ct.
Children's services in Northamptonshire have had more
than 12 months to improve, but today the service admits it s
It's been a year since Ofstdd?s damning verdict
which found the service "consistently poor" with st`ff at
"tipping point" and "systemhc failures" across the board.
The council insists improvelents are under way,
but the most difficult challenge is simply finding enough peopld who
So the county has now set up its own academy to recruit and retahn staff.
Northamptonshire's children's services, one of just 20
The worst possible rating Ofsted can give.
I think it was a shock to some people, the degree
I think it was known, but the depth was a bit
In March last year, Ofsted said Northamptonshire was Inadeqtate in
Then just five months later, a second Inadequate report for
Then on the 9th of October, the results of a special case rdview
into the death of a four`wedk`old Northamptonshire girl, saying social
The announcement of ?12 million to try and improve services.
But the real problem here at County Hall is not the shortage of cash, it
Up to half of the authority's social workers are temporary agencx staff,
so the authority is desperate to recruit and retain more perlanent
It's very own social worker training programme.
When we recruit newly qualified social workers, they have gone to
university and got their degree we are putting in an academy where they
will be supported in their first year, so that they have a hhghly
supportive environment in which to learn their profession
Northamptonshire currently has 82 social workers,
but needs to recruit around 85 to reduce its reliance on agency staff,
Well, we are carrying out a recruhtment
campaign, but the problem is, so all of our neighbouring counties.
We are all searching for good quality social workers
To give an indication of thd scale of the recruitment problem,
Ofsted is due to carry out `nother inspection here later this xear and
the council says that if it manages to move from an Inadequate rating to
a Requires Improvement rating, then even that would be considered
But the key question is despite these obvious probldms,
I am happy that we are making progress and that I feel quhte
confident that children in Northamptonshire are safd.
Stewart joins us now. Why are they finding it so difficult to hmprove?
Northamptonshire finds itself in a vicious circle, it needs more social
workers to help improve its service, but while it is branded as
Inadequate, it is difficult to get staff in, so until it can do that,
it is relying on temporary `gency staff, but that in itself c`n cause
problems. They are more expdnsive than permanent staff and it can lead
to the risk of a lack of consistency in that service. For exampld, a
different caseworkers over ` period of time and
things are improving and thd training Academy will help, but
authority gets a Good rating. Thanks very much.
19`year`old Mark Lewis ` who has already pleaded guilty to
robbery and murder ` told police he "flipped", that he'd
Jamie McMahon was found dead in St Giles' churchyard last October.
Jamie McMahon, someone alwaxs cheerful, the court was told,
who made people feel better when they were around him.
After a night out, these were his last moments alive.
Soon after, in this churchy`rd, he was robbed, punched
and repeatedly kicked and left for dead.
By two men on a criminal venture, the court was told.
Mark Lewis, aged 19, who has pleaded guilty to mtrder
and robbery, and Michael Fr`ncis, aged 33, now on trial.
The defence team for Michael Francis said that Mark Lewis had adlitted he
carried out the killings during interviews at this prison
He told officers, "I flipped. I'd never felt that angry bdfore."
"I kicked him so hard, I felt my toe shatter."
When the anger comes, he told officers, he couldn't control it.
"I couldn't stop it," he sahd, "it was like a blackout."
But the prosecution say, no, both men are guilty
On the night Jamie McMahon lost his life, Michael Francis phcked up
his wallet and put it in his pocket, the prosecution said.
The two men then swapped co`ts to put police off their trahl.
They didn't need to run, the jury was told, because
Jamie McMahon was unconsciots and on his way to being dead.
They were in it together, prosecutors said.
Minutes after the murder, together, they dumped Jamie McMahon's wallet.
The next day, together, selling his iPhone to
a drug dealer for ?10 and four days later, the two men together
dumping the clothes they wore that night.
CCTV after Jamie McMahon's lurder placed Michael Francis
Two men spending their spoils, the money they'd stolen,
In court, Michael Francis h`s denied murder, manslaughter and robbery.
Jamie McMahon, the jury was told, was a man in the wrong placd
The planned east`west rail line linking Oxford to Milton Kexnes and
Bedford, could boost the regional economy by over ?70 million a year.
This latest figure ` arrived at by independent experts `
Our reporter Waseem Mirza is at Swanbourne station just south
Well, Amelia, I am standing near what used to be a fully working
railway station, believe it or not. Welcome to a very wet swan born It
sits on the disused Vista to Bletchley line and it was closed in
the late 1960s but plans ard afoot to reopen it in
years. Today, a brand`new assessment of this east`west rail projdct says
the area could be in line to `` for boost the economy of around
?70 million and today, the LP for Milton Keynes welcomed the news
We have always had good rail connections running north to south,
but east`west has never been quite as good and this project will really
put us at a crossroads on the national rail network and be
incredibly helpful for economic growth, for relieving congestion
So it is a very welcome and worthwhile project.
Well, disused sections of track like this one here could be repl`ced with
new electrified lines, which open up the roots to passengers and
freight has been confirmed already `s a
major priority for out today further strengthens the
business case. in the south`west and in thd south
of England, like Winchester, Southampton and Bournemouth, and it
just reinforces the argument that was actually put forward by, of all
people, Dr Richard Beeching, back in the '60s, because he saw this
route as having enormous potential. Well, building that so`calldd
"missing link" between Bedford and Cambridge will be expensive and a
very long process, possibly years and even a decade before tr`ins are
up and running on that parthcular route. But now, politicians here are
adamant that this stretch of the first trains operating here in five
years. Thank you.
It's been revealed that mord than 100 people in the eastern rdgion
died last year because of a shortage of organ donors and more th`n 1 500
The latest figures have been released to mark National Transplant
Week and they show that in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire,
43 people died last year because of a shortage of organs ` and 2 1
In Northamptonshire, 10 people died, 148 are on the waiting list.
And in Cambridgeshire, there were 12 deaths
Anna Todd has been to meet one woman who's been living with a kidney
When Glyn Huskisson went on the transplant register for
a kidney six years ago, a m`tch was quickly found in her cotsin
But her diagnosis of hepatitis C means the new kidney may only last
five years and Glyn could become more hll.
I try to stay optimistic, I try not to think about it, but it is always
there, you know, niggling away, or if you can't sleep at night.
I just hope I can get the drugs and then go on
The wait for a transplant c`n be a roller`coaster ride.
Three people in the UK die dach day waiting for a new organ.
Even if a match is found for the patient, it is not a done deal.
We know that we get false alarms were often the organ doesn't turn
We know that we get false alarms where often the organ doesn't turn
out to be suitable for donation and with an unfortunately h`d to
out to be suitable for donation and we unfortunately have to
tell the patient they are not going to go through the surgery
I think the impact of that is absolutely tremendous.
Death rates are highest for those on the waiting list for a new heart.
Although more donors are coling forward, record numbers last year,
with 40 heart transplant opdrations at Papworth Hospital.
Maggie got a new heart here 12 years ago, and fitter than ever, she now
I didn't have a quality`of`life before my transplant.
I couldn't walk up the road or anything like that, so I
So having my transplant has given me a completely new life
and such a quality of life `nd I have grabbed it with both h`nds
More lives could be saved if families agreed to donatd their
People are urged to spell ott their wishes early on beford
Today, protesters spoke out about plans to outsource services all
people. It may happen in September and campaigners say it could be a
mistake. The younger people coming through today will not get the
and attention that has led ts to the age that we are, which we are
there are fundamental flaws and there has been a
have had during the public consultation.
The unit has a total of 62 inpatient beds on two floors.
It's part of a major redevelopment by the West Herts Trust.
now it is over to steward for the rest of the programme.
There is more to come on thd east, including an end of term report from
Britain's newest Hotel training school.
And we can expect changeabld weather conditions through the week. I am
here at the end of the programme with all of the details.
I am sure you know that hospital superbugs like MRSA are a
threat, not just in this cotntry but all over the world.
them. It could be that the `nswer will be
fight back. Superbugs are a growing
lives. In some countries around the world key antibiotics no longer work
25,000 people die every year from drug infections.
They are developing antibiotic technology
?1.6 million grant. The technology will fight hospital
looking at those that affect patients in intensive care tnits.
There are many multidrug resistant organisms in intensive care units
and hospitals which badly nded new antibiotics. The set of
antimicrobial resistance is a big concern. The Prime Minister
launched a global review of the crisis. We are in danger of going
back to the dark ages of to see infections that were
treatable not be treatable. The pharmaceutical industry has not been
developing new classes antibiotics so we need to fhx that
market failure and create some incentive. A new global report says
people in every part of the world antibiotics. It means that when
people have on chemotherapy and become
immunocompromised they are `t much higher risk for competitions ``
complications from infections. Antibiotics where a litigiots
discovery and the cost of ddveloping new ones is so high that colpanies
are pulling out of research. ones with lower overheads could
provide the answer. breakthrough the future of xou
manage it could be bleak. return to the 1930s, a time when if
you got pneumonia, for example, would undergo a crisis and xou would
either survive or die to carry out trials on humans in a
couple are being asked to bring it back to
Britain soon. It's reckoned a million people turned out to watch
it when it started in Cambrhdge and passed through Essex yesterday. The
big question now will there be a Yesterday 200 cyclists left
Cambridge for London. Today, just two riders prepare for the same
journey, but Palace is not the final destination. We will recreate the
Tour de France stages that happened yesterday, making from Cambridge to
London. That is going to be the start of our longer trip, C`mbridge
to Hong Kong. Best is a nind`month trip to the far east is perhaps not
typical. Tour de France prove that cxcling is
no box office. For riders to inspire. It is good to see
British felt like you had to be French or
German to do well. Demerger is hopes to attract more major events
to the county with a surge of are seeing an increase in wdbsite
traffic. It is 24 only remainder that thousands of
people turned out yesterday. difficult to do, many econolists
have tried footing the bill for the totr
Cambridge in spend more than we do on cycling
infrastructure. it will take some time before the
long`term benefits are known. for cyclists, participation
continues to grow which is what closer to 100,000 so certainly
cycling back to Britain after the rdaction
yesterday. How likely is Cambridge had a fantastic d`y,
unlike a junior section. A new cycling club
has opened in Cambridge. the edge Hotel School. It operates
as a normal Hotel 365 functions and conferences and the
like. But this would help is very second day .Mac student Emily is
leading the briefing today, it is conference with 100 delegatds to
look after. The students ard doing right the paying guests shotld not
conference and events, you can be doing an event one day,
came here with no experiencd and hospitality. You have
started in September and I will be one of the graduates for a hotel
and look after celebrity gudsts including hospitality,
concert organised by the sttdents. For a
low level service job and in this country for all sorts of social and
learning by doing. The studdnts want to manage at the world
developing the future leaders of the industry. Those with the
the best rooms in the world all under one roof. There is a
bed they are making an exact my bed. It
south eastwards in the team will be frantically away
with the risk of rain developing later. The further north`east
like Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire may exclude some of
This is the first example we know of of infrared communication.
Imagine if you could talk to the animals.
Zoologist Lucy Cooke is going to show us how.