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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North. The headlines
care standards at a recent inspection.
From care, staffing levels, looking after medication, they are not
delivering the we expect. Now the Government will send in the
best managers to help run the worst hospitals with Lincolnshire and
parts of East Yorkshire being targeted. Also on tonight's
programme: After a car ends up in their back garden, a family calls
for stronger crash barriers. There is speculation all over the
place. We speak to the party leader who's
refusing to rule out standing as an MP in Lincolnshire.
The East Hull gardener who's added another award to his growing
collection. The weather looks set to settle
down. The very latest in 15 minutes. Hello. Two Lincolnshire hospitals
have failed to meet any national care standards. The Care Quality
Commission visited Lincoln County and the Pilgrim in Boston after they
were put into special measures due to higher than expected death rates.
Now a manager from a top performing trust in Sheffield is being brought
in to help managers from the United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust improve
its services. Caroline Bilton reports.
Two months ago they were told they must improve.
of five in Lincolnshire placed in special measures. A new daily
monitoring system is in place to ensure patients needs are being met.
Those working here believe it is helping to drive up standards.
We have seen a big difference on Dixon Ward with our standards. It
has given me quality assurance every day that every patient on my ward is
risk assessed and they are receiving the care that is needed.
Today, though, another damning report from inspectors — Lincoln
County Hospital and Boston's Pilgrim Hospital are failing to meet any
national care standards. The Trust argues it's working hard
to improve, but for the foreseeable future, unannounced inspections are
going to continue at these two hospitals. These are problems that
date back three years. Two years later, patients were found to be
dying a necessarily at Stafford Hospital. It prompted an
investigation called the key report, which would scrutinise all
hospitals. Shortly after that, it was said that things were improving
at Boston hospital, and it was meeting targets. That good news was
short lived when the Health Secretary placed United Lincolnshire
hospitals trust and another trust in our area in special measures. The
report had found serious failings at birth. Today, the quiet — — the
QC said the hospital trust are failing to meet standards. Unions
say this is affecting morale. I talked to nurses today. They feel as
if they are being scapegoated for the failings of management. If you
do not have sufficient staff, you will get a position where there will
be difficulties for the staff to complete all the tasks that I needed
to provide the highest standards of care. We have 87 new nurses starting
this month. We are actively pursuing international recruitment. Despite
the negative reports, patients today seemed happy with the care they were
receiving. Absolutely fabulous. Couldn't wish for a better team.
Farewell really friendly. — — they were really friendly. My wife just
had to treatment and she has been fine. No complaints. The trust
argues it is working hard to improve, but for the facility will
future, unannounced inspections will continue at least two hospitals.
Earlier, I spoke to Julie Walton from the Care Quality Commission.
She told me what was wrong with the two hospitals.
They are basically not meeting the essential standards from care,
staffing levels, record—keeping, looking after medication is, they
are just not delivering basic standards. In April, the trust met
nearly all of its target. How can things have changed in such a short
time? There have been a lot of changes over the summer. A lot of
changes have been put in place. Things were looking much brighter.
Staff were not reporting things there have been. Are you confident
in your organisation 's credibility? The Health Secretary said the
organisation was fundamentally flawed when it was better. Is that
right? I am very confident in the findings. I am confident we have
applied the appropriate methodology. But are you doing more
harm than good? The union says staff morale is suffering. What is your
message say to nurses who feel constantly scrutinised? It is really
down to the trust to take ownership of the problem, and staff who
reported two was that this inspection — — and staff reported to
those low levels of morale. They were already know and demoralised
before we went in. These inspections should result in improvements that
will hopefully bring that morale back to the staff. Very good to talk
to you. Thank you very much. As well as United Lincolnshire,
another trust described as failing in our area will get staff and
managers from successful hospitals to help it improve. Northern
Lincolnshire and Goole is still waiting to hear from the Health
Secretary as to who they'll be paired with. Hospitals in
Lincolnshire will work alongside managers at Sheffield Teaching
Hospitals NHS Trust. The biggest single thing we can do is give them
a partner organisation that is successful, that has done all the
things they are trying to do. I think it will make a real
difference. We want to hear from you on this
story. Do you think the hospitals in Lincolnshire are getting better or
worse? of Humber jobs could be compromised
unless the Government commits to green energy.
A woman from Lincoln is calling on the county council to install
stronger crash barriers, after a car careered into her back garden. The
vehicle landed in an area where her young daughter had been playing only
hours before. Jake Zuckerman reports. Look at all the damage.
Lisa Cowley and her daughter, Bethany, examined the damage to the
back garden of their family home in Lincoln. This was the scene one
month ago after a car left the road, ploughing straight through crash
barriers. Coincidently, no—one was outside. It was a lovely sunny day
and myself and Bethany we were outside that morning. My husband was
out here, just half an hour before it happened. You know, it was
incredibly fortunate. Now Lisa and her husband have started a petition.
They want the county council to install stronger barriers. I want
them to reinforce the roadside barrier on there. It clearly wasn't
fit for purpose. The vehicle came through it, it broke through into
the garden, quite easily. The council denies there is a problem.
We put barriers in where there is a track record of accidents. There is
no real history of accidents at this spot and the right approach is not
if there is an accident, we spend taxpayers money. In hotspots where
people are being killed, that is where I want to spend our money.
Lisa and Andrew say they feel it is not safe for the family to use their
own garden, and are determined to continue their fight until the
council takes notice. An investigation is taking place
into a bomb hoax at Lincoln Prison earlier today. Emergency services
were called to the jail on Greetwell Road this morning and remained there
for several hours. The Prison Service say there was no threat to
the public, staff or prisoners. Two petitions campaigning for a
swimming pool in Hull to remain open have been handed in to councillors.
Hull City Council says closing Ennerdale Pool will save £220,000
and ensure that four others in the city remain open. The authority is
asking the public for its views on the proposal.
The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has admitted that a recent split in the
party in Lincolnshire has been damaging. Six UKIP councillors have
formed a breakaway group on the county council and their former
group leader has been thrown out of the party. In an interview for BBC
Look North, Mr Farage refused to rule out speculation that he might
stand in Boston and Skegness at the next general election. He's been
speaking to our political editor Tim Iredale, who's live at Westminster.
So what has Mr Farage had to say? Nigel Friars has been responding to
critics who say his party is in a bit of a mess in Lincolnshire. It
was confirmed that Chris Payne had been expelled from the party. He is
appealing, but Chris Pain is one of six councillors who have now formed
a breakaway group from the main audio Lincolnshire county council.
They are calling themselves UKIP Lincolnshire. I asked Mr Farage
today how much damage this than to his party. Short—term, it doesn't
look very good, but it is a question of how we get out of this. The other
counties have not suffered this. Chris Pain has gone. The other
councillors need to recognise the one the seats with the UKIP label.
We need to get reunited. They risk a vacancy when it comes to a UK
Parliamentary candidate in the bottom in Skegness constituency.
They did very well in the last elections. There has been widespread
speculation that Nigel Farage himself make take on sitting Tory MP
Maxim and at the next general election. I asked in that question
and he said he wasn't really himself in but wasn't running himself out.
There are a series of constituencies around the country that look very
tempting for UKIP. My absolute priority is to do well at the
European elections next year. The UKIP at a conference gets under way
tomorrow here in London. One item which caught my eye on the agenda is
a discussion on women's rights. It involves the outspoken Godfrey
Bloom, who recently said women's talents were more suited to the
kitchen and driving a car. That will be interesting, Peter.
We are not getting drawn into that. Thank you.
Still ahead tonight: The East Hull gardener who's been given another
award to add his growing collection. I am in Huddersfield to see if
policy can put themselves within 80 minutes of this season 's grand
Millington Dale in the wolds taken by Ernie Howard. Fabulous picture.
Thank you very much for that. Good evening. Our cameraman Joe Bilton
has been in a pulp, and this is a sign outside the Pope. Isn't that
fantastic? Fabulous. Can we see that again?
Perhaps I can see what the forecast will bring.
More accurate than you. Can I just say our cameraman do not spend
Thursday 's in the pulpit. The headline for the next day. It is
not looking too bad. It is shaping up very nicely. High—pressure
starting to dominate, so it will be much brighter and there will be some
sunshine around. A little bump in the isobars, and it will be
predominantly dry. Part of Lincolnshire have ended the day on a
bright note. The chance of a light, drizzly shower. The wind will ease
and lowest temperatures will be down to nine or ten Celsius. Cloud
amounts will be variable. There should be further sunny spells and
all parts will be dry. I think it will be a pleasant day. These
average temperatures for the time of year. A nice weekend to follow.
Variable cloud, but all parts try and becoming quite warm.
I like the way you say, I think. I am designing a poster I will put
up. See you tomorrow. I don't think so.
OK, touche. Four day week. Thousands of jobs in green energy
could be created locally in the next decade. That's according to a group
which represents the renewables industry. But Renewables UK is
warning that the sector needs more support from Government if it's to
fully develop. Its latest report says that the UK has seen a 74%
increase in jobs in the sector since 2010. And those already working in
the industry say they've noticed a steady growth in the number of
opportunities. Here's Paul Murphy. 300 offshore wind technicians are
based in Grimsby. using the high street catamarans
which shuttle to and from the turbine fields of the North Sea.
Plenty of evidence this is a growing industry. That growth is not really
reflected in other industries in the UK, and in Grimsby, we started off
with just Siemens and Centrica, and now we have more companies.
Renewables UK belief 70,000 green jobs could be created nationally in
the next year, with the humble winning the lion 's share. This
report warns that the government needs to give the industry more
support, and says that schools and colleges need to think more
carefully about equipping the next generation of renewables workers at
the right skills. Government has an energy bill. What we need is to seek
government has strong aspirations. A mood of uncertainty has stalled
projects, like the proposed Siemens factory in Hull. That does not
dampen the spirits at this engineering training Centre, where
well—paid green jobs are already a reality. We have supplied
apprentices to a number of companies, and we have filled in
some positions. opportunities to. A government
spokesman said they would continue working with the industry.
Thank you for the messages about the big rise in the number of stray dogs
in Yorkshire because of irresponsible breeders. We talked
about last night. We had there is a particular problem with status dogs,
who are abandoned and then are difficult to rehab. We had a big
response on this story. Thank you for all of those. Your ideas on the
best ways of reducing the number of stray dogs.
Many people were saying dog licences should combat. Thank you for all of
those. Hull FC are just two games away from
an appearance in the Super League Grand Final. The Black and Whites
are away at Huddersfield in the end of season playoffs tonight but a
defeat would see their season come to an end. Our sports reporter Simon
Clark is live at The John Smith stadium. Simon, what are there
chances tonight? This is a competition that has not
been too kind to Hull FC over the years. They only met one grand
final, in 2006. Their opponents Huddersfield, who may have been the
league leaders, lost last week, quite unexpectedly. We caught up
with some of the Hull FC fans making the journey here. I think they will
do pretty well. They have started to turn things round. I am hopeful they
will put on a good show. They are going to win, without a doubt. They
can go right through to the final. I don't know. We will take it as it
comes. Been very consistent. It is going to be tough. When it takes
all, loses, the season finishes. — — winner takes all. I cannot get tired
of seeing this try from last week. Gareth Ellis added a second, and
Hull FC are through to the big game tonight. Craig Murdock is with me.
What do Hull have to do? They need to get the attack in order. They
have been a bit ropey. They can do it tonight. They need 20 points.
Where will they come from? Briscoe is due a good game. They have
definitely got potential. Hull FC have got the players. Conditions
would be great, I don't think, but they can do it. It has stopped
raining here. You can hear how Craig describes the game on the radio.
Thank you, Simon. Good luck to Hull FC.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce says his team will have to cope with a
"passionate atmosphere" if they want a good result away to Newcastle this
weekend. The Tigers are 16th in the Premier League having drawn in this,
their last game against Cardiff. Bruce says his side have shown
positive signs heading into the match at St James' Park on Saturday.
We must make sure the atmosphere is handled. It is a pretty passionate
place to play football, so we will have two handle that. We will have
to be at our best. Grimsby Town have confirmed they've
sacked their joint manager Rob Scott for gross misconduct. Scott — who is
here on the right — was appointed with Paul Hurst in 2011. He's been
dismissed because of an incident during their recent home defeat to
Nuneaton Town. The club say Scott has appealed the decision but it's
been rejected. its players and supporters after a
fight on the pitch during an FA Cup game. It happened at the game
between Sleaford Town and Huntingdon on Saturday, and spread to fans from
both sides. The match was abandoned just minutes before the final
whistle. Huntingdon have also been charged. Both teams will now attend
an FA hearing next Wednesday. Dennis Shaw from East Hull has been
winning gardening awards for the last three decades. Today he picked
up his 131st accolade at the Guildhall in the city, recognising
his passion for gardening. On a shoestring budget and with a new
design every year, Dennis's colourful displays have brought him
a lot of attention. You Sarah Corker has been to meet him.
In this small corner of East Hull, Dennis Shaw has his very own slice
of the English Countryside. Should every plant in the garden, most of
them tell this story. — — most of them tell a story.
From bright displays to the more unusual features, this gardening
champion has 131 awards. It all started at school. When I was ten
years old, at the Maybury school, I won prizes.
Today, he picked up another top honour. The
talent and work helping other gardeners. That is fabulous.
He's certainly made a name for himself. We first met him on Look
North 20 years ago. He's also appeared on Gardeners World. But his
favourite tale — having lunch with the Queen. We were talking about
gardens. I said to her, what is your favourite colour? She said, every
flower is beautiful. I got the official tour today. We are looking
that way and that way, to see the beauty of the garden. If you ever
get down, walk around Europe garden, see the beauty. It works wonders.
So as Dennis and wife Beryl add the latest prize to the collection — the
next honour in his sights, the Hull in Bloom Award, he's won it 29 years
running — he's hoping this year's design will make it 30!
Let's get a recap of the national and regional headlines: The
Government says its reviewing whether NHS staff should be allowed
to wear full face veils. Two failing hospitals — Lincoln and
Boston — didn't meet any national care standards at a recent
inspection. Tomorrow's weather:
response on the subject of hospitals after our report and interview.
Daniel says, the pilgrim needs more nursing staff, not managers. CJ
says, the problem in our hospitals is too many managers are not enough
stuff on the floor, and too much paperwork. Robin says, the principal
problems is inadequate staffing and poor training. Suzanne said, I
cannot fault pilgrim hospital, I had major problems after giving birth
and they were fantastic. Some good news there. This is another message,
as an ex—NHS employee, I saw the money wasted by senior managers.
They cost low morale and are not bothered about the stuff of
patients, only their expense. Join me tomorrow lunchtime on the
radio if you can. Good evening.