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North. The headlines tonight: Her eyes were damaged by laser surgery.
This woman calls for better checks on clinics. I think it is disgusting
that they can offer this on the high street so anyone can walk into their
clinics. Campaigners say 40 should be 30. The
Government agrees that Lincolnshire is out-of-step on road safety.
speed of some the cause is inappropriate.
The Blitz stories still emerging - unearthed thanks to war memorial
campaigners in Hull. And we're on the hunt for Lincoln's
missing ducks. New line it has certainly been whether for ducks in
East Yorkshire today. Join me for whose eyesight was permanently
damaged by laser eye surgery is calling for a change in the law.
Tens of thousands of people have the eye treatment every year, many in
high street clinics. But it is not regulated in the same way as other
surgical procedures. Here is our health correspondent.
Several times a day, Sarah Knapp has to stop what she is doing to put
drops in her eyes. Laser eye surgery was supposed to help her
shortsightedness. Instead she claims it has left her with many other
problems. I would get shooting pains, soreness, unbearable
itchiness and I have seen an independent specialist in the last
two months and I have learnt that they are a result of nerve damage in
the right eye. We asked Optimax, who carried out Sarah's procedure, for
an interview. They declined but told us in a statement that... Over the
past 22 years, they have performed more than 620,000 laser operations.
The vast majority of people are delighted with the results. But they
add that with all surgery, there can be complications for which remedial
treatment is given. Laser eye surgery is not routinely available
on the NHS, and Sarah, like tens of thousands of others, was tempted by
a cut-price deal. But campaigners have criticised some companies for
their aggressive marketing and for playing down any potential
side-effects. I made the biggest mistake of my life when I went to
have the surgery but I trusted that the surgeon would be honest, would
tell me the risks, and this was not true. The surgeons underplay the
risks. The high street clinics are businessmen and it is all about
profit. While all laser eye surgeons must be qualified doctors, they are
not legally required to have specialist qualifications, nor are
they regulated by the Government. think it is disgusting that they can
offer this on the high street so anybody can walk into their clinics
and be offered surgery on your eyes, which are one of your most
precious parts of your body, and that it is not regulated.
Campaigners hope their experiences will now encourage the Government to
share their vision for better regulation of laser eye surgery.
Joining me is Mr Millind Pande, a consultant surgeon who carries out
laser eye surgery in East Yorkshire. Good evening. Something
is going wrong. I think the key to any surgery is to make sure that you
are aware of what you are aware of what you're getting into. It is a
bit like flying a plane. If you are a good pilot you can land the plane
even when there is trouble, so laser surgery is a very successful
procedure but the key is to make sure a proper evaluation is done to
work out whether a patient is suitable for it or not. And that is
not actually happening, anyone can carry out the surgery? Any doctor
can, yes. It is something that needs to be looked into, in terms of
reinforcing what the training requirements for surgeons are.
there some people giving laser eye surgery, in your opinion, who should
not be doing it? In my opinion there are people doing it perhaps not the
way it should be done. Patients need to be seen by the surgeon, they need
to be able to communicate, questioned the surgeon, trust the
surgeon, and I and part of the laser eye surgery committee which has a
qualification. Isn't it still too young for us to know at all if it is
safe and works? It has been 20 years now since laser eye surgery has been
around and I have been doing it for more than 20 years now. It has come
a long way. We know a lot more about it. We know which patients to
operate on and not operate on. your son or daughter was suitable
for the operation, would you let them have it? Telemark absolutely,
but only in good hands. We would like to hear from you. If you have
had laser eye surgery what are your friendship. A handshake seals a deal
to run Lincolnshire County Council. The Transport Minister is backing a
group of campaigners in Lincolnshire who want speed limits reducing from
40 mph to 30. People living in several villages between Grantham
and Sleaford said the council has not listened to them. The minister
agrees, saying councillors are out of step with Government road safety
policy. Years of campaigning resulting in
this, a ministerial visit for residents in West will be. The
village sits on the main road between Grantham and Sleaford but
the speed limit here is 50 mph, and campaigners say that Lincolnshire
County Council have rejected their pleas to drop it. We do not want
someone to die before we get a speed reduction. That is not the way to
achieve policy. What they tell us is they have to balance commercial
activity against road safety. Looking across to my house, we have
an oil delivery just arrived. You can imagine what it would be like if
another HGV came around that blind bend and hit an oil tanker. But how
likely is that? Villagers here and in full back between Grantham and
Lincoln say that is not the point. Accident statistics have always been
a key factor in determining whether or not speed limit should drop but
in the last five years here there have only been one slight injury out
of 7000 across the county, not enough the council said to change
speed limits. But that was before a change of council and other
factors. You can see having stood here for the last ten minutes, the
speed at which some people go through this village is
inappropriate. There are new guidelines for the council to use
and I hope they will. But the council says no change. It still
wants to balance out the needs of businesses, tourism, commuters and
the emergency services. We do not have a 30 mph limit in every village
and it is not a precedent to set. We do not have the money for as large a
public transport network as we would like. If the minister wants to write
us a cheque we would be really grateful. So as a result, the roads
are how we all get about. Residents and their local MPs say it is a
fight they are not going to give up Another one you might have a view
on. Did you think speed limits should be reduced in villages? If
you want to be in touch, send us a Lincolnshire's chief -- Police and
Crime Commissioner will set up an investigation to look into the
suspension of the chief constable. Last month, a High Court judge ruled
that Commissioner Alan Hardwick was wrong to suspend Neil Rhodes. He was
then reinstated. Today the police and the panel for the county set up
a task and finishing working group to examine the decision. The PCC
would be brave to ignore recommendations. The compass I
police and crime Commissioner has been asked to review rules for cycle
events in the area. Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness,
contacted Commissioner Matthew Grove after several bike races were called
off because police refused to support them without road closures.
A police spokesperson said they are working with the council and race
organisers on the issue. The bishop of Grantham says he is
standing down in September to take on new challenges. The Right
Reverend Dr Tim Ellis, who is 59, became bishop in 2006. After a week
of deadlock, a deal has finally been done to decide which parties will
run Lincolnshire County Council. The Conservatives failed to win an
overall majority in last week's elections, and will now share power
with the Liberal Democrats and independent councillors. Tim Iredale
is our political editor. Remind us of how we got to this position.
Thursday voters in Lincolnshire decided that no one party should
have overall control of the county council, but after a week of
negotiation, tonight we finally have a deal. It was sealed with a
handshake today at county offices in Lincolnshire and involves the
Conservatives, independent and Lib Dems. The Tories are the largest
party. They were three short of an overall majority but they will get
those three seats from the Liberal Democrats and at least three from
independent councillors, we are told. The council leader, Martin
Hill, said the voters of Lincolnshire had given him no choice
but to do a deal. We could have run with a minority administration but
because we face such difficult challenges we all took the view that
we need some stability and continuity, and I could stress that
even though we have done an arrangement with some councillors,
we will continue to work with all the others as well. What do the
other parties get out of the deal? That is always able big question
with coalitions. What is in it for us? That is a point we put to the
Liberal Democrats and independents today. Why have they decided to
share power with the Conservatives? Lincoln itself has a very poor
infrastructure road wise. There is gridlock. We have over development
of housing and so on. All of those things have been discussed and we
look to a positive way of moving forward. I want to seat Lincolnshire
run efficiently. I think it will be clear in the next few days exactly
where we are going. We will keep everyone informed. So what if you
keep? They of course, won 16 seats last week. They are now the official
opposition on Lincolnshire County Council. They will hold their first
group meeting tonight to elect a leader. They say they will be a
vocal and high profile opposition on the county council, which I suspect
is their way of saying they are not just going to sit at the back of the
council chamber and play quietly. I am sure.
More on this as well on the radio tomorrow lunchtime if you join me
from midday. STILTOCOME are being encouraged to
shows a family emerging from the Blitz. And I am in Lincoln workshops
are being encouraged to stay open later.
Tonight's photograph. Do not forget if you have a picture you are proud
awhile. These e-mail says could you ask
Peter after last night's dreadful pronunciation... I have made amends
and I even played one of the Electric light Orchestra's records
of this lunchtime. The headline for the next 24 hours
is unsettled. We will have quite a strong wind that it should turn
brighter and after the rain we have got this evening tomorrow looks
generally a better day but still the risk of some showers. A broad
westerly... We get some shelter in this region so not looking too bad.
They developed area of low pressure. Some really good rainfall across
parts of east Yorkshire in particular. Lincolnshire just drips
and drugs. This feature will push out into the North Sea, followed,
perhaps by further showery bursts of rain. The showers will not amount to
a great deal. Lowest temperatures down to eight or nine degrees. Very
place but through the boarding it should brighten up with Sunny into.
A few showers whooshing through South Lincoln but generally
speaking, most races are likely to become dry and the coast should
season bright or sunny intervals coming through. Just a few days ago
we had 23 degrees. Tom temperatures -- top temperatures 14 or 15. 16
further side. The outlook looks unsettled. Saturday a bright start.
Sunday perhaps not too bad but into next week it is very unsettled
Eastbourne now but we watch every single night.
What is going on in Eastbourne? Nothing going on there. I have glad
that you said that. There is nothing going on down
there. It is full of retired people. See
you tomorrow. After almost half the stores taking
part in late-night shopping in Lincoln pulled out last year because
of a lack of trade, another attempt is being made to boost the city
centre economy. Longer opening hours and free parking are being used to
encourage shoppers to stay in longer on Thursday evenings.
Lincoln, alive with shoppers. But to give them more time to spend, shops
here are being encouraged to stay open later. I think it would be nice
for the students and that and people who work, yes. I thought it was just
around Christmas and Easter but apparently it is every Thursday.
is a good idea. It gives people time at the weekend not to go shopping.
Marks & Spencer and Boots, two of the big-name stores that continue to
open until seven every Thursday. But many other shops here choose not to.
You have got to have more people to make it worthwhile and we have to
have more shops to encourage more people. So I think we will gradually
see this increase. We have all the big shops open and I think now we
will see some of the small ones joining in. At this sweet shop, they
tried opening later in the past but did not make enough money. We will
give it a go for a couple of weeks and if it does not take off... You
have to look at the costs. We will see what happens. This clothes shop
is also going to open later during the lighter nights. I think it only
applied during summertime. On the cold winter night it did not work.
It is hoped more of the 250 shops here will follow suit, encouraging
more shoppers, who will hopefully spend more in the city centre.
Gemma is live in Lincoln tonight. It looks quite quiet tonight. Is it
likely that more shops will take part this year?
Around a dozen of the larger stores here in the city centre do already
open later on a Thursday evening, so the Lincoln business improvement
group is hoping that the smaller stores will follow suit. A number of
independent stores I spoke to today told me they have tried it in the
past but they did not get enough customers, although the shops in one
report did say they were willing to give it another go. So hopefully
more shops will open, that will bring more shoppers, and there will
be a boost for the city centre Thanks for your responses after last
night's programme when we heard from migrant workers worried about new
immigration measures announced in the Queen's Speech. The Government
wants to reduce the number of people coming to Britain. Immigration is
widely believed to have contributed to the success of UKIP in last
week's local elections, especially in Lincolnshire, where the party
8,000 Hull City fans joined the promotion-winning team at the KC
Stadium for a party to celebrate the club's rise to the Premier League.
The trophy was paraded in front of the fans last night before a
fireworks display ended the evening. Amanda White was there.
The crowd did feel small compared to the thronging masses we had seen at
civic reception in the past, but the party at the KC Stadium did have a
certain charm. Brilliant. fireworks were stunning. We could
have had the civic reception with all of the people of hope but it is
great that the fans are here. -- the people of Hull-macro. It was very
much a family affair, as players enjoyed the lap of honour denied to
them by a huge pitch invasion after Saturday's game. It is a fantastic
day. It is the first time for me. It is a great feeling and absolutely
great fans here and players. It is a massive thing to get to the Premier
League. Everybody has worked hard all season. We are fully rewarded.
The 8000 who were there certainly made their voices heard. -- the
fireworks were spectacular but as finales go, the last ten minutes of
this Championship season will take some beating.
A group trying to raise �250,000 for a permanent memorial to victims of
the Hull Blitz have opened their own shop. Hundreds of people visiting
every day, some bringing along important World War II artefacts.
The bombing in Hull left 152,000 homeless and claimed more than 1000
lives. The memorial sculpture, planned for the city centre, will be
dedicated to those who died and those who helped in the rescue
efforts. The name of the city has now been
released as one of the North East city is under attack. There was
Catherine, who was 39 weeks pregnant. They had a son, Frederick,
and a younger son as well. All five or six members of the family died.
It was during some of the city's worst bombing that an Elliott -- Ann
Ulyatt's family lost so many members. Her aunt and uncle who ran
a pub were told not to use their own cellars for shelter but to go to a
public shelter. Shelter was almost entirely destroyed. This photograph
came through in our family records... The family story is just
one of those being told in an ever-growing exhibition of people's
mementos and photographs. Volunteers here say interest in the shop has
been remarkable. There was one Saturday where we had 464 people in.
People have donated so much and in its own right it has become a
memorial. But the aim is still to raise �250,000 to create this
sculpture on the site of the bond or dental building. A memorial exist in
northern cemetery where a mass grave was created for more than 300 of
those killed, but they feel the wartime community of Hull deserves
more recognition. They did everything themselves, nobody came
in to help them very much, and if it was not for the people of Hull then,
we would not have the people of Hull now. For quite a few years there was
a plaque in the pavement, but people walk over it, they do not know it is
there, and to have this memorial is fantastic. They have a way to go.
They have so far raised between �15,000 and �20,000. Each new
donation here, whether money, objects or stories, they say will be
used to keep the memories of Hull's war alive.
The memorial for the city centre of Hull. We will follow their progress.
To some they are an eyesore but to others they have been a familiar
sight in the centre of Lincoln for years.
Now a flock of distinct to looking Muscovy ducks have gone missing from
the Brayford pool. Lincoln's Brayford pool has always been a
great attraction for our feathered friends.
Just today we were graced with swans. Also ducks and pigeons. But
they used to be a certain duck that had become particularly well-known
to this area. Not a pretty one, in fact a pretty ugly one, and it was
not native to this country and it used to attack the swans, but it was
here and they were here in large numbers, and now they have
disappeared. This is the duck I'm talking about, the Muscovy duck,
also known as the turkey duck, but this couple are at a seal sanctuary
in Mablethorpe. These petty killer birds are native to Mexico and South
America. The larger one with the red around his face is the mail and the
smaller one is the female. They like cold temperatures. These areas,
where it is quite cool, is ideal for them. So back in Lincoln, it was
time to track them down. I have not seen them for a long while. I have
seen them before, but not recently. There was more hope why the boats.
They are probably still around, may be hiding, maybe nesting. And he was
right, because we saw a miraculous reappearance. There is one there,
there is another one over there, they are still here. The problem is
solved and they are still part of Lincoln.
If you have a story you want us to look at and investigate, drop me an
e-mail. Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines.
Coalition plans for childminders to look after more children are in
doubt after the Deputy Prime Minister questioned them.
A woman whose eyesight was damaged by laser surgery calls for better
checks on clinics. Tomorrow's weather. A cloudy and
damp start. Brightening up later. A few showers are possible. Top
temperature around 16 Celsius. Weighing in Scunthorpe says, I had
laser eye surgery two years ago and it is the best money I ever spent.
Another viewer says, I had it four years ago. It has been fantastic.
Also on the subject of speed limits, speed limits do not need lowering in
the majority of cases. It will produce more accidents and cost the
economy was having little or no impact. This is from Allen, who has