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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.


Why are you staring at me? Just wonder how things grow and grow


Why are you staring at me? Just wonder how things grow and grow


Yeah, well, mummies and daddies do argue sometimes.


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