08/07/2014 Look East - West


08/07/2014

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Good evening. That's all from us.

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It has been twelve months since a damning report was published

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into Children's Services in Northamptonshire.

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And today the service admits it is still inadequate.

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A year ago Ofsted found the service consistently poor with

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staff at tipping point and systemic failures across the board.

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The council insists improvements are underway.

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But one ongoing problem is the shortage of social workdrs.

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So the county has set up its own academy to recruit

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Northamptonshire's Children's Services.

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One of just 20 in the country rated as inadequate:

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the worst possible rating that Ofsted can give.

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I think it was a shock to some people the degree to

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I think it was known but I think the depth was a bit

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In March last year, Ofsted said Northamptonshire was inadeqtate in

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Then, just five months later, a second inadequate report for

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Then on 9 October the results of a special case review into thd death

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of a four`week`old Northamptonshire girl, saying social workers were

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The announcement of ?12 million to try and improve services.

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But the real problem here at County Hall is not the shortage of cash, it

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Up to half of the authority's social workers are temporary agencx staff,

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so the authority is desperate to recruit and retain more perlanent

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When we recruit newly qualified social workers who have gond to

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university and got their degrees, we are putting in an academy where they

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will be supported in their first year so that they have a highly

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supportive environment in which to learn their profession

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Northamptonshire currently has 82 social workers but needs to recruit

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around 85 to reduce its relhance on agency staff.

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We are carrying out a recruhtment campaign but the problem is so are

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We are all searching for good quality social workers, so there

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To give an indication of the scale of the problem,

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Ofsted is due to carry out `nother inspection here later this xear

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The council says, if it manages to move from

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an inadequate rating to a rdquires improvement rating, then evdn that

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The planned East`West rail line linking Oxford to Milton Kexnes and

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Bedford could boost the reghonal economy by over ?70 million a year.

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This latest figure by independent experts is more than

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Funding for this line has already been agreed by Government.

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But the date for completion has been pushed back to 2018.

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Earlier I asked Iain Stewart the MP for Milton Keynes South

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The new figures show a doubling of the economic benefits

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of the project so I am very pleased that it has this further sort

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I would not say there are huge delays.

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There is work happening on the ground right now.

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The first part of the project is the upgrade of the track

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And they are clearing some of the vegetation in the middle

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section so that is all going, but the end of the project has slipped

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You admitted yourself there that there are some delays.

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Do you think that, when research like this comds out,

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that it forces those in charge to look at that time scale?

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When the project got the go`ahead, the next phase was for Network Rail

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to do some analysis work about what upgrades needed to take place, what

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civil engineering projects, what crossings are needed and I think as

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a result of that they found it was going to take a little longdr.

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So when are we likely to sed the first trains up and running

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The full project is looking like early 2019 that we will see

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the full service running, btt you may see services on completdd parts

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A Cambridge biotech company has won a big research grant to lead the

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Growing resistance to antibhotics is a huge concern around the world

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Without a breakthrough, millions of lives could be put at risk.

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Superbugs are a growing men`ce and all because bacteria have

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become immune to many antibhotics that save lives.

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In some countries around thd world, key antibiotics no longer work

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In Europe alone, it is estilated that 25,000 people die everx year

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But here near Cambridge, a company is leading the fight back.

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Phico Therapeutic is developing antibiotic technology to

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It has just been given a ?1.6 million grant.

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Its technology will fight hospital superbugs such as LRSA

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Predominantly we are looking at those that affect patients

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And there are many multidrug`resistant organisls in

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intensive care units in hospitals which badly need new antibiotics.

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The threat of microbial resistance is a big concern.

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The Prime Minister has launched a global review of the crishs.

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We are in danger of going back to the Dark Ages

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of medicine to see infections that were treatable not be treat`ble

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And the pharmaceutical industry has not been developing new classes

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of antibiotics, so we need to fix that market failure,

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The cost of developing new antibiotics is so high that many

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pharmaceutical companies have pulled out of research

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but smaller companies with lower overheads could provide the answer.

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Phico hopes to carry out trhals on humans in a couple of ye`rs.

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Time to get the weather now with Alex Dolan

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We have just about seen the last of the showers so the rest

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of the night looks dry with some clear spells developing..

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For most of us, temperatures should remain in the mid tedns.

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Tomorrow, there may be some bright spells first thing but

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on the whole it is going to be quite cloudy through the day.

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As we get into the afternoon there is the risk of some patchy rain

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for most places it does look as though it will stay dry.

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Temperatures of around 20 or 21 degrees.

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But the main feature of the weather tomorrow is this

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increasing wind coming from the north, so quite a blustery

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There's going to be quite a lot of cloud around on Thursday

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weekend. Hot on Saturday with thundery showers.

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Good evening, the rain in Rio is matching the mood, I suspect, this

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evening. Here, we will take a day off from the rain tomorrow, at least

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most of us. There will be sunshine around. The showers will be back for

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the end of the week. Dry over night virtually everywhere. Winds easing

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down in many places except towards the North Sea coasts. The south west

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will keep a breeze going. Not a cold night, temperatures holding 12- 4

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degrees typically. A dry day virtually everywhere tomorrow. Cloud

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breaking up to allow good spells of sunshine coming through,

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