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And joining in. The headlines from us.
The death of a rail worker ` claims safety procedures were ignored.
The question is, why were they there when they knew there were trains
still running on the other side of the track?
Parents are told their children should be in school ` even if they
have an infectious illness. If it is contagious, the child should be kept
of to stop anything spreading. If you stay home, you nip it in the
bud. A call to scrap equal pay between
the north and the south. And making a splash for cash ` Luke
Campbell takes to the pool for the Sport Relief charity. Another
unsettled week. All the details in 15 minutes. Good evening.
A rail worker who was hit by a train in Saxilby near Lincoln died as a
result of a string of broken and ignored safety procedures. That was
the finding of a Rail Accident Investigation Branch report into the
death of 26`year`old Scott Dobson, who was killed in December 2012. It
adds to concerns about the lack of safety precautions for thousands of
casual rail workers. Paul Murphy reports.
This is an industry which, by its very nature, is hazardous. But is
safety taken seriously enough? It is December 2012, early in the
afternoon on a railway line in Lincolnshire. The gang of workers
are repairing the track. One of the workers steps back just as a train
is passing. He doesn't survive. Network Rail called the death of
Scott Dobson a watershed moment, and promised new safety rules. Scott had
been hired that day by an agency. Many in the industry say safety is
compromised by the use of such casual staff. We have spoken to
track workers who have done casual shifts for renewables companies
across the North of England. They tell us bad safety practices are
widespread. I worked with one client for a year because I wouldn't do
work that wasn't safe. More than a year on, Scott's family still has
questions about the safety of the gang on that day at Saxilby. Why
were they there when they knew that somebody would have been in danger?
80,000 people are registered to work on railways. Only a quarter of them
are Network Rail staff. Scott Dobson's death has forced the
company to rethink the way they manage this workforce. We will no
longer accept employees to be employed by agencies. They will only
be employed by Network Rail. We need to make sure this is the last
fatality, and we will make sure any changes are made to reverse those
risks. Scott had been hired that day by a recruitment company called
sky`blue, a subsidiary of the engineering giant Carillion. They
tell us they are unable to comment on specific questions or issues
related to Scott's death until after an inquest and further enquiry. They
do however say that they go to great lengths to ensure they workforce can
raise safety concerns, and that these will be acted upon. Since the
incident, they say, they have gone beyond industry standards to put in
place new safety procedures. Network Rail has said that by September,
many of its new safety reforms will be in place ` too late for Scott's
family, but aimed at preventing a repeat of the terrible events which
took his life. Paul's out on the rail network this
evening. Do you think there will be genuine safety improvements as a
result of Scott Dobson's death? I think it is fair to say that a year
run, there is still concern about safety, particularly from the rail
unions, who believe this is a proliferation of casual staff and
evolved chain of responsibility down the supply chain to subcontractors
is bad for rail safety. Network rail, which runs this rail and rails
all ran the country, says that his death was a watershed moment. The
big lessons have been learned. It is implementing safety changes which
come into effect in September. This will make the railway is a much
safer place to work, and prevent a repeat of the tragedy of December of
last year. Thank you very much. And this story is covered in more detail
on tonight's Inside Out for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. You can
hear from the union and others who've carried out track work on the
railways. In a moment: The hospitals under
scrutiny as inspectors drive to raise standards. Parents in east
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire are being told their children could still
attend school even if they have an infectious illness. Conjunctivitis,
tonsillitis, and hand, foot and mouth are classed as minor ailments
in a leaflet being made available to schools across East Yorkshire.
They can't be happy and healthy all of the time, but on the days when
they are sick, should they be here? In Yorkshire, parents have been
given this leaflet to help them make this decision. In the list of
reasons to not keep your child off school, are contagious diseases like
conjunctivitis, and, foot and mouth disease, and tonsillitis.
Conjunctivitis is very contagious, particularly the viral forms. If you
get an outbreak of that in a school, it is nasty. It lasts for ten days.
In secondary schools in England, 55% of authorised absences were due to
illness. In the East Riding, that figure was 60%. It is the second
highest in the country. The local authority says it is acting on
advice from both the government and the NHS. The decision about your
sending a charter school remains with the parents. We're not saying
anything other than that. Parents should use their judgement and
common sense because parents know their children best. We hope to do
here is help them make a good decision. To want a child with
tonsillitis in your classroom? We have a duty of care to our staff and
children at the school. We have a balancing act to do. We wait
children to maximise their time in school, but we don't want them when
they are infectious. A bit of common sense, liaising with the local
general practitioners as to whether it is appropriate for the child to
be in school. I think they are best off at home. If they stay at home,
you need it in the bad and that is the end of it. If it is contagious,
they should stay off to keep it spreading. If they can keep going,
it is best to do that. It may just be a day off here and there, but
they do end up missing school. It can affect academic achievement. The
local authority hope these local guidelines will help people think
twice before keeping their child off school.
What do you think of this story? If your child had conjunctivitis,
tonsillitis or hand, foot and mouth disease, would you automatically
keep them away from the classroom? Should they be at school or not?
Here's the e`mail. Some more news now.
A 33`year`old man has been arrested after armed police cordoned off a
Lincolnshire village. Officers were called to a flat in Ruskington this
morning after a report that there was an armed man inside. The
stand`off ended when a trained negotiator persuaded the suspect to
come out peacefully. Police say the man was on his own and that no`one
else was at risk. Lincolnshire Police is joining four
other forces in the East Midlands to work more closely. Traffic policing,
armed response and dog sections will each work as single regional teams.
Chief constables say it will increase the number of available
officers and save money. Some Yorkshire Ambulance staff are
coming to the end of a four`hour strike. The Unite Union, which
organised a 24`hour walk`out on Saturday ` says new shifts could
mean paramedics working ten hours without a meal break. The Ambulance
Service says it's had contingency plans in place.
There are calls for people working in the public sector in Lincolnshire
and East Yorkshire to be paid less than those doing the same job in the
South. The Institute of Directors says it's 'crazy' to have equal pay
in London and places like Hull and Lincoln. They claim it discourages
businesses from coming to the north because they can't compete with pay
rates in the public sector. More from the Institute of Directors in a
moment, but first, Kate Sweeting has been finding out what people living
here think of the idea. Debates about the north/south divide
are nothing new, but now a group which represents business leaders
says a divide exists, and wages should reflect that. It's a view
which has angered unions here. Fuel prices have not fallen in the North
compared to the south. It is the politics of divide and conquer. It
is about making sure our working people have dignified lives and are
able to go out and provide for their families and have good opportunities
in life. And people in Hull agree paying people less in the north
wouldn't be fair. People work just as hard in the North as they do in
the south. It should be just a sequel. Do the same work, get the
same pay. It should be based on your job, not where you live. That it's
cheaper to live here. Yes. Is it really any cheaper living here than
in the South? A pint of milk will cost the same wherever you live. As
all filling up your car or even buying a car. The difference comes
to when you buy a house. The average cost of a house in the south is
twice as expensive as it is in the north. And for some, the lower cost
of living is a big attraction. Sebastian Musil is moving his energy
investment business from the south to Hull. If I can pay people less,
it is better for them to be in a job that they are qualified rather then
being an employed or working in a job that maybe they have to do just
to earn money. So while some say a pay divide could create jobs in the
north, workers here may take some convincing. This came from the
Institute of directors. I spoke to their chief economist. I put it to
him if we reduce wages in the north, those people will have less money to
spend, affecting the economy. The biggest thing is we have to make
sure that businesses in all parts of the country are competitive, and the
best way to gauge economic prosperity is to make sure the
businesses can compete, and clearly if you have one part of the company
in charge of too much for wages, it sets a goal which other parts of the
company can't manage. How would it help if public sector workers like
teachers were paid less in the north and south? What part of that is
fair? What is fair is to make sure that the economy works as a whole.
We don't have a national cost of living. Costs of living vary across
the country. Are you saying that because houses are cheaper to buy in
the north, then if you are working there, you should not be paid as
much money? We should not decide on local issues. What we have to get
around is everybody paid according to productivity. If you are a
hard`working teacher doing the same job in Kingston`upon`Hull as
Kingston`upon`Thames, why should you be paid the same? `` shouldn't you.
What we would like to see is the quality teachers get paid more. We
have performance`related pay. Trade have a big disadvantage in
nationalised pay bargaining. Unions That is why they exist. The unions
say that because of pay freezes and pension contributions, Hull are
facing a 60% wages cut by 2015. We will see if that comes about, but
clearly what we have is the situation where in many parts of the
country, people are paid better than their counterparts. We don't want
that. We want a situation where people are able to compete on a
level playing field. What would you say to those people, public sector
workers watching the telly tonight, saying "his idea is cheap labour"?
My idea is to have all parts of the country competitive, and those parts
of the country that have difficulty attracting businesses or where
businesses have not been thriving as much, we would like to see them
being able to be more productive, and those mean people pay... I know
you're not public sector, but if your job is move to Hull, would you
be happy to take a pay cut? I would be happy to be paid what the going
rate in Hull is. Thank you very much.
And this is another story we'd like to hear your thoughts on. Should
public sector wages in the north be cut as a way to attract more private
businesses up here? You have heard the story. Your thoughts on this
one. We will have some before we finish. Looked forward to hearing
from you. Thank you for watching. Still ahead tonight: The local
rivals fighting to stay in Rugby's Superleague.
Swapping the boxing ring for the swimming pool ` Hull's Olympic Gold
medallist makes a splash for Sport Relief. Keep your photos coming in.
Tonight's was taken, a stunning picture. Another picture tomorrow
night. Good evening. Have a nice weekend? Yes. Possibly the nicest
shirt and tie combinations I have ever seen on television. This is not
a send`up. It is a genuine e`mail. I have a there. J should have gone to
Spec Savers. As he heard about the orange one? Unit did the other day.
Let's have a look at the weather. Tomorrow, not too bad. A bit of
sunshine between systems. This weather front will bring rain after
midnight. This feature will bring some rain on Tuesday night. There
will be more rain to come Wednesday afternoon. Very unsettled weak
indeed. It is not being too bad today. We will see sunshine across
Norfolk, eastern part of Lincolnshire. Here is the weather
of. It will move across as for the course of tonight. It will stay dry
this evening and during the first part of tonight. In the early hours
of the morning, that rain will push north`eastwards. It would amount to
a great deal, and in fact towards the end of the night, it will clear.
Averages down to three Celsius. The sun will rise in the morning at
7:43am. There is your next water times. There might be a bit of rain
first things towards the coast clearing. Watch out for icy patches
around dawn. Other than that, a generally decent day. Very low
cloud. The risk of the odd shower with some sunny breaks in place. The
race will pick up, especially in the afternoon and evening ahead of that
next weather system pushing in from the south`west. These are very
average temperatures for early February. You might the odd eight
degrees out. It turns wet on Tuesday night, and Wednesday books really
unsettled. Windy with showers. Bubba spells of rain at first. Thursday,
not bad. One or two showers. Uncertainty for Friday, but at the
moment, mostly dry. That is the forecast.
One of the funniest men had no eyebrows, so you are in good
company. Only with the eyebrows, not the comedy. Have a nice evening. See
you tomorrow. Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill
Hospital in Cottingham are coming under intense scrutiny this week as
dozens of inspectors from the Care Quality Commission visit the trust.
It's part of tough new measures designed to raise standards
following a national review into hospital death rates. Our health
correspondent, Vicky Johnson reports.
The Care Quality Commission came in for fierce criticism last year
following the Keogh review into high death rates. Two trusts in our area
were among 11 exposed as failing. Since then, the inspection teams
from the Care Quality Commission have been transformed from just
three or four members to the 55`strong squad currently in Hull
and East Yorkshire. The new director of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike
Richards, has been spearheading the changes.
We're acknowledging there have been problems in the past. I can tell you
we have very different processes now, different management, and we're
doing things differently. Previously, inspections would
concentrate on different departments. Now it's the whole
hospital, focusing particularly on eight key areas ` Accident and
Emergency, Maternity, Acute, Medical and Surgery, Care for the Elderly,
End of Life Care and Outpatients. Hospital managers say they're
determined to learn as much as possible from this process. What we
have said to the staff is that this is an opportunity to be absolutely
honest, open and transparent about what we are proud of and what we are
frustrated by, what we need to improve. We want that openness
around this, so we will take whatever comes as the lessons we
need to learn. Healthwatch, which aims to be the patients' champion,
has already submitted more than 400 views to the inspection team. If
comments from today's visitors are anything to go by ` these are likely
to be very varied. I found it brilliant, the world that my mum is
on. I think it is really good. I was 24 hours in the casualty, and there
is 24 hours and assessment before I went into award. Fantastic. No
problem at all. Once all the information has been collected and
processed, the trust will be given a rating, a bit like Ofsted's
judgement for schools. It will either be outstanding, good, needs
improvement or inadequate. It will be at least two months before staff
find out how they are doing. When we know, we will let you know. Thank
you to everyone who got in touch. People who don't exercise up costing
taxpayers because they don't look after their health. Researchers said
Hull had in the highest level of lazy people in the UK. But
surprisingly after Friday's programme, there was a big response.
Just a few. Chloe says: I think we got your message there. Nick said:
Michael says: Thank you very much for all of your comments.
Hull City are just two points above the Premier League relegation zone
following their draw against Spurs at the weekend. Shane Long scored
the Tigers' first league goal of the year to give them an early lead. The
game finished one`all, though, following a Spurs equaliser in the
second half. Scunthorpe United are still second
in League Two after their fourth draw in a row. Their game away at
Hartlepool on Saturday saw the Iron's best chance come from a Paul
Hayes near`miss. Sam Slocombe saved efforts from Luke Williams and Andy
Monkhouse as the match ended goalless.
Grimsby Town are a semifinal away from Wembley after beating Tamworth
4`1 in the FA Trophy. North Ferriby United went out, though, losing 2`1
at home to Gosport. And in the Conference Premier, Lincoln City
beat Halifax by three goals to one at Sincil Bank.
Officials from the Super League are promising a better competition than
ever when the season gets under way a week on Friday. Hull FC are at
home to Catalan with Hull KR under way two days later against Leeds at
Craven Park. This year sees big changes, including the
reintroduction of relegation. This report from our sports reporter,
Simon Clark, contains some flash photography.
They are the elite of rugby league. 14 teams, including two from Hull.
At the end of the season, two sides will be relegated for the first time
since 2007. Although teams are planning for the top in play`offs,
the force of the dreaded drop is not far away. It will be an exciting
season, especially from the fans' point of view. You don't want to be
in that bottom section of the ladder, or anywhere near it, towards
the back end of the year, so it does make every game important. Every
point is important, which is something we need to address. There
is a lot of pressure on. Every team needs to perform and perform their
best. We're no exception. We expect to play well every week, and we
expect to do well this season. This is how the changes work. Two teams
are relegated this season. The play`off system alters in 2015.
The magic weekend, where all teams play at the same venue, stays. The
format is one that we have now endorsed, so we have to get on with
it. It is one that can lead to exciting
rugby at the end of the season, and if you're in the top eight, you will
get those hard games at the end of the season. Fans will get a better
quality of competition. It is the introduction of something that has
been missing from the game. It will bring excitement to both ends of the
game. As you say, every week and game will matter. This promises to
be one of the most important seasons in the nine seasons since Super
League started. There are 14 teams. Eight will make the play`offs. Two
will be relegated. That should mean that every single game will have
something riding on it. BBC Look North at the Super League launch in
Manchester. Luke Campbell, the Gold medal winner
from Hull, is asking people to get involved in this year's Sport
Relief. Luke swapped the boxing ring for the swimming pool to encourage
people to get fit and raise money for the charity, which helps people
in the UK and abroad. Phillip Norton met him at Beverley Leisure Centre.
It's time to get wet. Taking the plunge and putting his weight behind
Sport Relief. Oi! Are those boxing gloves? Olympic gold medallist Luke
Campbell boxing as you have never seen him box before. It's the
first`time swimming with these on, you know, which is a little bit
different. I don't usually pair the two together. You do get some
professionals that do shadow`box underwater. It's great for speed and
for your lungs, as well. Luke's just one of the country's top sports
personalities backing next month's energetic fundraising event with the
aim of getting people exercising and having fun. It's to get in the pool,
get fit. I do my swimming twice a week in my training and it's a great
all`round sport and it's good fun. It gets you fit, it gets you strong.
Two years ago the biannual event raised more than ?60 million for
good causes and this year's has already given lifeguard Nathan a
smile. It doesn't happen every day, I turn up to work and see Luke there
in his boxing gloves just in the pool. Not a regular occurrence here.
He did really well, actually. I wouldn't like to swim in boxing
gloves myself. I can imagine it will be a lot harder. We should include
it in some of our training, really, make it a bit harder for us all.
After his Olympic gold in London 2012, preparations are well under
way for Luke's fifth professional fight against Scott Moises at the
end of the month. But he's more than happy to squeeze Sport Relief in
with his training. It's a great charity. As a sportsman myself, you
know, I know what it can do for you. All you have got to do is get
involved and help raise some money. A rallying call from the poolside.
Hull's number one Olympian hopes his ringside fans will dive in and get
involved. I like his headband. He also gets the pool to himself.
If you need more information, Sport Relief is in March. There are
details of how to get involved on the website, sportrelief.com. The
time is 6:55pm. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. Education Secretary Michael Gove says a longer
school day will help state schools be as good as private ones. After
the death of a row worker in Lincolnshire, safety procedures are
Tomorrow's weather ` a grey, damp start in places.
Claimed to be ignored. Otherwise, generally dry and bright with some
sunny spells. Just a small risk of a shower. Top temperature seven
degrees. We were talking about public sector
pay a few minutes ago. Graham has tweeted:
He says that we need less money. Dave has texted to save the wage
difference between the north and south is already present. Matt says
I am sick of the North and South divide. It is ridiculous. I vote for
northern independence. Steve says teachers have had an inner and outer
London rate for years. Those men are already paid less than those are the
same job. That is it from us tonight. Join me if you can tomorrow
on the radio. Have a good evening. See you tomorrow night.
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Why are you staring at me? Just wonder how things grow and grow
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