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Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The headlines tonight: The hospital facing fines of tens of thousands of
pounds for leaving patients outside in ambulances.
We are investing about ?7 million to improve our services. If we are find
it might threaten our investment. The Lincolnshire MP Sir Peter
Tapsell, elected in 1959, is to retire. Could Boris Johnson replace
him as a local MP? Law`breaking cyclists could be sent
on a course to improve their riding. I still wouldn't think twice about
using the pavement if I felt I was in danger.
And good news for barn Owls as new breeding pairs are spotted in East
Yorkshire. After some wet weather tonight, a
mix of sunshine and showers for the weekend.
The trust which runs Hull Royal Infirmary could be fined nearly
?200,000, after hundreds of ambulances were kept waiting for at
least half an hour outside accident and emergency this winter. More than
800 patients were delayed in three months, which is more than times as
many as during a similar period the previous winter. Our health
correspondent Vicky Johnson reports. Ambulances delivering patients to
the Hull Royal Infirmary. For most, the turnaround time meets government
guidelines, but if there are no bays available inside accident and
emergency, patients have to stay in the ambulance. One paramedic has
told us that during busy periods they are often held up with patients
on stretchers for up to an hour. When the ambulance vehicles are
parked outside Hull Royal, they are not doing what they're supposed to
be doing, responding to 999 calls. That means their figures drop for
response time so they get fined. If they can't get the patients to Hull
Royal in time they get fined as well, so it's a double whammy.
New NHS figures show that in the three months to February more than
870 patients had to wait longer than they should have before being
transferred to accident and emergency. Hospitals now face fines
of ?200 for every 30 minutes an ambulance is kept waiting. In
theory, this could mean that the hospital trust here could be fined
?175,000 Hospital managers haven't yet been told whether they are to be
fined. We want to spend every penny to
improve patient care. We are investing about ?7 million to
improve our emergency department facilities, and obviously if we are
fined a huge amount of money it might threaten our investment. The
key thing for us is to work with our partners to deliver the right care
for patients at the right time, and spend the money wisely. We need to
invest in improvements both in the hospital and in the community.
We have received a statement from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service,
saying that patient handovers can be a challenge during times of high
demand. But it adds that they're working with hospitals to minimise
and avoid delays in the future. Meanwhile, doctors insist that even
when patients are kept waiting in ambulances they are still getting
the care that they need. Well, we did want to speak to a
government minister about the issue of fining hospitals but nobody was
available. In a statement we were told that ?400 million is being
invested in A departments across the country. Earlier, I spoke to
Richard Murray who is the Director of Policy at an independent health
charity, The Kings Fund, and asked him if more people were being
admitted at A to speed up waiting time targets:
It absolutely is. There is no doubt that making people wait in
ambulances outside A is very poor practice. All NHS managers have been
completely clear that this is not acceptable. Numbers like that are
far, far too high. Should ambulances and the hospital
trust be fined if they don't meet their targets?
There is not a lot of evidence that finds is actually work. On one side
they may help provide a focus for the management to get people into
A quickly, but if there is a shortage of beds or a shortage of
money fines aren't really going to help.
The other thing is that hospitals are admitting more people and
keeping them. Do they get need to get rid of people more quickly?
They absolutely do. But that's not just a job for the hospital that
needs a lot of services, needs GPs, needs district nurses, and needs
social care to help hospitals get people out as quickly as they can.
If you were in one of those ambulances, those ten a day for that
three`month period, you are not going to be very happy, you're going
to feel that you are short`changed. Absolutely. I think patients should
be angry. I think the clinician should be angry, as well. This is
not good quality care. There are ways in which patients can complain,
ways of trying to put pressure on the system. But it does need working
across the hospital, with district nurses and GPs to make sure that
people go into hospital quickly and out of hospital quickly.
Good to talk to you tonight, Mr Murray.
. We want to hear from you on this story ` do you think fining
hospitals is the best way of tackling waiting times at A? In a
moment: And hospital fines will be one of
the talking points on this week's Sunday Politics.
The programme starts at 11am on BBC One.
In a moment: Business partners of the Hull City owner Assem Allam
voice their support for his plan to change the name to Hull Tigers. I
think the majority of the fans once the current owners to stay. When
The Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle Sir Peter Tapsell has
confirmed he'll be stepping down at the next General Election. Sir Peter
first entered parliament in 1959 and is the longest serving member of the
House of Commons. He's served under ten prime ministers. Sir Peter will
inform his constituency party of his decision at a meeting tonight. More
from our political editor Tim Iredale.
This is one of the earliest TV interviews with young MP Peter
Tapsell. He was speculating on who would replace Prime Minister Harold
Macmillan back in 1963. In a world that is threatened by the
hydrogen bomb, experience and statesmanship are things which one
should look for first of all in a leader.
More than half a century later, Sir Peter Tapsell was on his feet in the
House of Commons, this week, paying tribute to the former Labour MP Tony
Benn, died at the age of 88. He made a stunning speech. I
remember thinking to myself, how am I ever going to be able to compete
with that? As the longest serving MP, Sir Peter
holds the honorary title of Father of the House of Commons, prompting
this tribute from the Prime Minister following the 2010 General Election:
May I also congratulate my friend the honourable member for Louth and
Horncastle on becoming the Father of the House.
Sir Peter's decision to step down has prompted speculation that the
London Mayor Boris Johnson may be tempted to run for the seat if he
decides to return to the Commons. This was the reaction of voters in
Louth: Too much of a buffoon for my liking!
He's popular with me because I've read a lot of things he has written
and there is a lot to it. I would never vote for Boris
Johnson! No! Sir Peter says he intends to
represent his constituents to the best of his abilities until next
year's general election. By then he will be 85 ` the right time, he
says, to leave the political stage. And Tim joins us live tonight.
How seriously should we take these rumours about Boris Johnson taking
over from Sir Peter Tapsell? The rumours were started by Sir
Peter himself when he was asked recently about his political future.
He said he was keeping his seat is safe for Boris. I suspect he was
joking, but who knows? Stranger things have happened. This comes on
the day when David Cameron gave an interview to the Sun newspaper as
saying he would like Boris Johnson to be back in Parliament next year.
This is a safe Conservative seat. If he was the Tory candidate barely
would almost certainly win. A bookmaker is offering odds of six to
one against Boris Johnson. But Sir Peter Tapsell doesn't want to be
spoken about in the past tense just yet. He's got more than a year to
go. This was someone who used to be the assistant to the former Prime
Minister. A man who has felt the hand of history on his shoulders.
A woman from Hull has welcomed the government's decision to allow a new
Meningitis B vaccine for children. Claire Newman's six`year`old son
Liam died of the illness in 2007. A petition with more than 35,000
signatures was sent to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt asking him to
back the vaccine. 's is The speed limit on a main road in Grimsby is
likely to be raised from 30 to 40 miles per hour, against the wishes
of the police. Councillors backed a petition from
members of the public last night after claims the limit on Peaks
Parkway is too low and leading to many people getting speeding
tickets. The council also voted to keep the average speed cameras on
the road. Cyclists who ride dangerously on
pavements or jump red lights could be sent on considerate cycling
courses instead of being fined. Humberside Police is planning to
trial the scheme in Hull ` a city where the number of people who cycle
to work is three times the national average. It'll be similar to speed
awareness courses that are run for motorists. Sarah Corker has been
finding out more. Cyclists who prefer riding on the
pavements rather than the roads. There were plenty of them today in
Hull. It's a fineable offence. So are they a menace to pedestrians or
keeping themselves safe from impatient motorists?
I get more angry at the fact that they don't say sorry. There is no
manners. It is really annoying.
Pedestrians are definitely at risk. Your kids cycle on the pavements?
They do at the moment. There some riders still use the footpath,
and that has been an offence since 1885. If you are caught you face a
fine of ?50. PCSO Paul Chalmers spends most of
his time patrolling on two wheels ` he says most stick to the rules,
it's the minority ignoring them. Cycling through red lights, traffic
signals, cycling on footpath. `` cycling on footpaths.
But some cyclists today told me, today, it's a constant battle with
other road users. I wouldn't think twice about using
the pavement if I felt like I was in danger. It's not worth it.
In 2011, Hull was named as one of Britain's top cycling cities `
events like Skyride and the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire this summer
` boosting its popularity. Those in the business welcome the move to
help educate cyclists... They maybe don't think about the
inherent dangers of riding on the pavements. Pedestrian collisions,
etc. Maybe more cycle path, may be more awareness.
So, the aim's not to penalise responsible riders ` but the
cyclists putting others at risk or those who just know what the rules
are. You might also have a view on this
one ` do you think courses for anti`social cyclists will help cure
the problem? Maybe you think there's a better way?
Still ahead tonight: Barn Owls are starting to thrive again in East
Yorkshire. We thought the boxes would be empty, but we found I was
in them in several cases. Look at that!
That isn't real, surely? Of course that isn't real!
You're not taller than me either! They have spoofed it up for us.
Tonight: A band of rain will move eastwards overnight, heavy in
places. It'll clear later with a frost developing which may lead to
icy stretches. Minimum temperature: eastwards overnight, heavy in
places. It'll clear later with a one degree. Tomorrow: Cool and breezy
with sunny spells and scattered showers which could be heavy and
thundery. Highs of eight degrees. Bands of rain sweeping in from the
West and heavy spells of rain before it clears away eastwards. We are
looking at an overnight frost. Generally, clear skies and
temperatures in the countryside up to about one or two degrees. There
could be the odd icy patch into tomorrow. The morning probably will
be the least likely time for you to catch a shower. As the day gets
going, we are at risk of seeing a few showers pushing in from the
west. They could be heavy, potentially thundery, and they will
be blowing in name brisk wind. Temperatures are below average for
this time of year. They should be up to ten or 11, but tomorrow they're
more like seven or eight full of that will be the theme for the next
few days. Sunny spells and scattered showers, some of the showers heavy.
Very frosty into Sunday and Monday. Overnight rain into Tuesday 's
slowly turning showery. I think there is a sun that goes I'm
just a girl who doesn't know! See you next week.
Hull City's business partners have told Look North a name change is
vital to help the club progress in the Premier League. Club owner Assem
Allam says the name Hull Tigers will bring in millions of pounds from
overseas markets. The Football Association is unconvinced, ahead of
a club ballot asking fans for their views. Phillip Norton reports.
Football ` these days it's a multi`million pound global industry.
Hull City say money from overseas must keep flowing into the KC to
secure the club's future. But the owner's plans to change the name to
help with that has upset some fans. Now, businessmen associated with the
club have appealed to those fans to put their faith in Assem Allam.
The game is now more about bringing in money and revenue. That is a
really big and important issue. When you see the likes of Wayne Rooney
getting paid more than our club turned over last year, that to me is
a pivot point. We have to try to run things differently.
If you want to progress and get better players, you have to generate
more revenue in whatever way you can.
Is there a risk of alienating those fans without whom the club wouldn't
exist? I think the majority of the fans
want the current owners to stay. My view would be that you've got to
back the current owners. Other businessmen associated with
the club are hoping that what they call a silent majority will agree.
Benefits to the area already being felt.
When we were in the Premier club a few years back, over those two years
applications to the University went up by 10%. Student numbers, people
coming, people staying. All brings a massive amount to this city. We're
not just talking football, here, we're talking regional economy and
what should be international regional economy, not just for the
local city. The issue has pitted some fans
against the owner's proposals. This afternoon, details were released on
how season`ticket holders can have their say on the name change in a
ballot. Those against the move feel it goes against the club's history
and won't bring in extra revenue. We have all the ingredients to make
money anyway, as Hull City playing in amber and stripes, and nicknamed
the Tigers. There is nothing that needs to be done. If we can't make
the money off the back of being in the Premier league then it really
does beg the question of when we are going to be able to create extra
revenue? One marketing expert says if the
fans and the club work together, a re`brand could make a huge
difference. There are more people that support
Manchester United in India alone than the rest of Europe put
together. Hull has a long way to go forward. They have had ?74 million
of investment, and I think what they have been asking for is that they
would like to make it sustainable. The Football Association will make a
final decision on the proposals next month. Phillip is live at The KC
Stadium for us tonight ` we have heard the business case there.
How can fans have their say? This is the ballot paper that has
now mean made available to the ticket holders. It says we ask you
to support our aspirations for the longer term sustainability of the
club. A global television broadcasting name is at the heart of
this plan. Yes to hold Tigers is the first option. The second option is
no. The third option is that I am not concerned and will continue to
support the club either way. Fans have one week to get their answers
in. They can be put into postboxes at the KC Stadium. Yet again this
will be another huge talking point in the stands.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce has defended George Boyd after he was
banned for three matches for spitting. Boyd was found guilty of
spitting at Manchester City's Joe Hart last weekend and will miss
tomorrow's game against West Bromwich Albion. His manager says
the accusation is upsetting for the player.
If there was legal action to take he would take it. It's a case of
accusing him of something that is not in his make`up at all. He is
certainly not capable of it. Scunthorpe United are hoping to
extend their unbeaten run to 22 games this weekend at home against
Burton Albion. The Iron are currently third in League Two just
behind Rochdale and Chesterfield. Manager Russ Wilcox says there's
still a lot of points up for grabs: There's nine to play ` there are a
lot of points at stake. There are still 27 points to play for. We know
this is a big game on Saturday, but again our preparation will just be
the same. We know that if we win we go seven points above. We know that
if they win it's six down to one, so it is a six`pointer. We will be
fully focused on what we are going to do.
Grimsby Town's top scorer from last season has left the club. Liam Hearn
suffered a serious knee injury in November and has asked to leave
Blundell Park. If you can't to a game this weekend
it'll be on your local radio station: BBC Radio Humberside will
have Hull City against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. Build
up begins at 1.30pm. Thousands of pounds are being
donated this weekend by people taking part in the BBC's Sport
Relief charity. In Hull, over ?2,000 has been raised by Kingston Swimming
Club. There have been 24 hour sports challenges, and a Hull FC`organised
sumo wrestling event. And in Lincolnshire, the Boston Wheelers
Cycling Club is currently cycling three hundred miles between all four
corners of the county: I got quite a lot of good luck
messages last night. I raised about ?200. I think we've raised about
?5000 altogether. The total has gone up by nearly
?2000 in the last 24 hours. A lot of that I think is from seeing us on
the roads this morning. Don't forget that the Sport Relief
programme gets under way on BBC One at 7pm.
Harsh winters and late springs have hit words and numbers. Building
nesting boxes and improving their habitat appears to be working.
They're a much`loved and illusive native bird ` the barn owl. But
sadly in recent years, you're more likely to see them like this.
It was quite heartbreaking. People were bringing dead Owls to meet
which were about a third underweight. Effectively, they have
starved to death. It's why the Wolds Old Barn Group
have been working flat out installing nesting boxes like these.
They've also been growing grasslands nearby to encourage mice and voales
` the barn owl's favourite dish. We are going around these boxes to
do our usual maintenance, and went to boxes which we thought would be
empty. We actually found pair is in them, in several cases, which gives
us a lot of encouragement. If the weather stays as mild as it has
been, he may have a chance of turning it around this year.
It's welcome news, because barn owl numbers had reduced seventy % since
the 1930s. There are now only four thousand breeding pairs in the UK
and 2013 was the worst breeding season on record. But the Yorkshire
Wildlife Trust say you don't have to be a conservationist to help.
Putting a barn owl box up in your garden actually gives them that
opportunity to nest. If you put up to boxes close by that is a really
good thing because the male sometimes isn't allowed in the
female's box when she is resting. If you've got space put to boxes.
Sandy now lives at the South Cave Falconry Centre after being found
abandoned from her nest. Wardens say it's not the wild that's making
these birds suffer. We rescue birds which have been
thoroughly kept in captivity. A lot of them have been bought on the
Internet. We call it the Harry Potter syndrome. Evil thing that
they will make a good pad but they don't.
Farmers and land owners who may want a nesting box are encouraged to
contact Robin's group. And help make sure sights like these, are still
possible in the skies of East Yorkshire. Linsey Smith, BBC Look
North, Tibthorpe. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines: a doctor at a London hospital and another man
are charged in connection with female genital mutilation.
Hull Royal infirmary faces fines of tens of thousands of pounds were
leaving patients outside in ambulances. The weather for tomorrow
is cool and breezy with Scully sunny spells and scattered showers. Top
temperatures in the afternoon up to eight Celsius.
Responses on the ambulance story: pointless wasting money on fines for
past mistakes. Use it to improve care for future
patients. Lucy says I am a nurse and I agree
with the man you interviewed. They shouldn't find them, and should
instead use the money to expand a indie. More community support would
free more beds. Thank you for all the messages. Have
a great weekend. As EU on Monday.