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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me and on
Good evening and welcome to BBC Look North.
The leading consultants who are leaving hospitals in East Yorkshire
because of bullying and intimidation.
When you have nurses crying, the motivated people who walk at the
drop of a hat, it has to say something.
The MPs who say overseas aid should be used for projects closer to home.
Accusations of a heavy`handed approach as the police arrive
Police deny campaigners? claims that there were 100 officers
And the school children from Cleethorpes getting ready to
I will be back later with the forecast for tomorrow and we can.
One the country's leading heart surgeons has become the latest
senior figure to leave the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust amid
He and another doctor, who has also recently resigned have
taken the unusual step of speaking out in public to criticise
the culture of bullying, which they say is plaguing the trust.
Other consultants have privately told BBC Look North the same story.
Health managers insist they are trying to tackle the problem.
Vicky Johnson has been investigating.
Dr Farqad Alamgir is renowned as one of the country's
Last year, he was made an MBE for services to cardiology, but this
week he has resigned from his job in
People in senior management talking to you about bad behaviour will
carry bad consequences and then you start wondering what is
Is it bad behaviour if you stand up for something and say there
People were talking about this, the word bullying
In his letter of resignation, Dr Alamgir speaks of the fear
and intimidation which he claims is now widespread among clinicians.
doctors and consultants who have left the trust within the past year,
saying they simply can't work in the current atmosphere.
Consultant gynaecologist Wendy Noble, packing up
Three years ago, the hospital trust settled out of court when
One of the reasons for her resignation now is the poor
I was really concerned about the quality of training, the quality
of care we were able to deliver, and I raised my serious concerns.
Once again, it was just pooh`poohed, it was suggested I had ulterior
motives to try to destabilise the unit by my manager.
The Care Quality Commission, the health watchdog, raised these issues
in its recent report, demanding that the trust must investigate why some
staff feel they are bullied, or feel pressured to undertake additional
hours, putting the need to meet targets above patient care.
The focus was not on the patients. The focus was on figures, numbers.
If you were not part of that, you felt you had let down the
organistaion, which isn't what should happen.
You would go to a meeting, you would get two or three vocal people saying
this isn't good enough, and everyone else is burying their noses in their
paperwork, because if they ever put their head above the parapet, they
get picked on, and they've decided they want to go for a quiet life.
And that's what happened at Mid`Staffordshire.
Unions claim bullying is rife across all departments.
People come to work, they get their pay ` that's how it should work.
They should not go home feeling stressed or hurt or sick because of
the way they've been treated by their managers. There are a lot of
good managers there, but there are still some bullies, and we need to
Ian Philp, the Trust's medical director, admits the bullying
culture is a concern but insists they are
We cannot change the culture overnight but we can do some things
quickly, and we have to demonstrate to staff that when they raise
concerns, that we investigate them and we will deal with them and staff
will not be treated punitively for raising concerns.
They will be thanked for raising concerns.
They're leaving their families and taking their many years
of experience, not just away from this area,
I'm joined now by the MP for Hull North Diana Johnson.
What is your view on what is going on within the trust? I am concerned
about patient care and patient safety. It is very disappointing to
hear these doctors are leaving, with all the experience. I think the sea
QC identified there was a problem with bullying in the trust, and I
had a meeting with inspectors to try to understand that. They clearly
have a job to do to root out this bullying culture, because it is
unacceptable. I talked to the chief executive this afternoon, and he
reassured me steps are being put into place, but I think we need to
be talking to the trust more and find out they do bring the facts.
Unison has said staff are scared to speak out about bullying. If that is
the case, it will be very hard to get to the bottom of the problem.
That is shocking. I have the official speak this morning and say
he had never come across such an ingrained culture of bullying in his
career in the NHS, so it is deeply worrying. I will have a new chief
executive at the hospital soon, and his top priority has to be to sort
this out. It is really worrying for me, just as it is for the local MPs,
that our constituents may not be getting the care and standard of
care they deserve. One doctor told us this kind of culture is what
caused the problems at mid Staffordshire. Other problems in
Hull being taken seriously? I think the Care Quality Commission
identified there was a problem with bullying culture. I am not sure I
would say it is the same plasmid stuff Jeff. `` I am not sure I would
say it is the same as mid Staffordshire. Urgent action is
needed, though. Would you be worried if you are going into the hospital?
I think there is a great deal of excellent care in our NHS in Hull. I
think there is a problem about bullying and that needs to be rooted
out. I have every confidence the NHS can sort this out. Diana Johnson,
thanks very much. If you want to be in touch, here are the details.
Preparing for the Tour de France to arrive `
now there's a promise of another major cycling race for Yorkshire.
A number of Tory MPs from East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say
they'll oppose plans to increase the amount of taxpayers' money which
The Government wants to enshrine into law the amount that is spent
But some MPs say the money would be better spent helping
At this warehouse on the outskirts of Beverley,
the East Yorkshire based charity Jacob's Well is preparing to send
The charity's chief executive ` retired GP Beryl Beynon `
believes it's right that our government should help those
I think as British people we have always been held in that kind of
esteem that we would always be there to help people in need. I think the
main thing is that it is used for the poor and the sick and the
needy, not just for political purposes.
The Government is under pressure to ensure that no less than 0.7%
of our national income is spent on overseas aid.
That currently works out at ?11 billion a year.
The Department for International Development says that money is spent
on projects such as preventing an infection that causes blindness in
East Africa, making sure boys and girls go to school in Pakistan and
But some MPs are opposed to the Government putting
a legally binding figure on the amount its spends on overseas aid.
The Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers has launched a petition on his
website asking whether voters would rather see foreign aid diverted to
Many people lobby me, urging me to support the knot at 7%.
It's an emotive debate, but when it comes to the way taxpayers'
money is spent, some still argue that charity should begin at home.
Kathleen Spencer Chapman is from Oxfam ` I asked her if the UK being
world leaders in sending overseas aid shows us as a caring nation or
Our aid saves millions of lives around the world.
Oxfam sees in our work every day the good British aid is doing
It is keeping children in school, preventing mothers dying
in childbirth, just to give a few examples.
In 2012, British taxpayers sent ?280 million in aid to India.
They launched a ?45 million rocket to Mars.
Do you still think that giving to India is a good idea?
About a third of the world's poorest people live in India,
and Oxfam is doing a lot of work in India with the Indian government
Why are we giving to a country that can afford to spend ?750 million of
British aid still has an important impact in India.
It is really helping make sure children are in school
and encouraging the Indian government to do a lot more.
People in this country are kindhearted.
But they don't understand why, when we have so many problems
at home, we're giving this amount of money in foreign aid.
Clearly, there are also people at home who
are struggling, and Oxfam also works to tackle poverty in the UK.
We don't think poor people anywhere, either in the UK or globally,
They don't understand why, when we have problems here,
?180 from every single person in this country goes abroad.
That money really does save lives, and Britain is still the seventh
richest country in the world, so we think it is completely possible for
the British government to be making sure poor people aren't suffering
We don't know what percentage of that money goes to ordinary people
in poverty or what percentage goes to firms or corrupt individuals.
We know the vast majority of that money reaches
Clearly, no system is 100% perfect, but in the UK,
if a hospital is failing, we don't stop funding the NHS.
The vast majority of that money is reaching the poorest people.
I would like your views on this. Should the amount spent on foreign
aid be fixed in lark? Get in touch if you have a view on this. `` fixed
in law. Police in Lincoln have asked
for two teenage girls to come forward, after a man died
following an attack in the city. 69`year`old Michael Broxholme was
the victim of a robbery on Friday evening near his home on
Hermit Street. Police have asked for two teenage
girls, who they believe helped Mr Broxholme immediately
after the attack, to contact them. A mother from Hull accused
of killing her two year old son when he drowned in a bath has been
giving evidence at her trial. Kerry Abel admitted taking
a number of prescription drugs on the night her son died but told
the court she didn't fall asleep. She denies the charges
of manslaughter and at times wept Simon Spark was in court
and sent this report. Kerry able about that court this
morning to give evidence for the first time in front of the jury ``
Kerry Abel. She is accused of manslaughter after her two`year
Robinson was found drowned in the bath. She admitted being a former
heroin addict. She admitted obtaining other drugs that were not
on prescription, but from other people 's prescriptions and from
friends. She said she took one drug to help with backache. The court had
to stop at one time because her evidence was incomprehensible as she
cried during the description of finding her son. She said he was
playing in eight inches of water with her toys, she stood up, she
felt dizzy, reached for the bathroom door handle and passed out. When she
came round, she found him lying in facedown and the water was much
higher. The prosecution told how she had lied repeatedly to police about
what Yorkshire had taken and when. They said, the truth is you took a
cocktail of drugs to get an effect from them, you fell asleep and your
little boy died. Today saw the end of the evidence. Kerry Abel denies
all charges against her. The summaries will begin in the morning.
Thank you for watching. Still ahead: Schoolchildren from Cleethorpes who
are going to perform on a world`famous stage.
I don't really feel the nerves. I feel excitement. You don't really
get nervous, you just play like there is no one out there.
Great story. Tonight's photograph. Thank you for that.
Keely Donovan is here, back from her trip to Glastonbury.
I can't imagine you roughing it in a tent.
You would have liked it. I think Dolly is your kind of gal. Long
blonde hair. You could share her fake tan, and she is the same kind
of age. Have you finished?
On with the forecast. It has been very warm today, up to over 23
degrees in Hull. It will be a bit cooler tomorrow. There could be some
patchy rain for some of those. We have had more cloud spreading from
the North. It has made things quite mopey. Generally, the dry and mild
affair, with temperatures falling back to 15 or 16 degrees. The sun
will rise at 4:36 a.m.. Tomorrow, variable and at times large amounts
of cloud. A little bit of rain from the North. For the weekend, some
uncertainty but it looks like rain spreading through Friday and it
could still be with us through Saturday morning. On Sunday, fine
start to the labour few showers. `` also Dave I'd start to their day,
but a few showers. Potentially heavy rain later.
I had just been told she is 68, which is even older than me, so you
are in the doghouse. Residents living in an
East Yorkshire village are accusing Humberside Police of heavy handed
tactics as they escorted a convoy Rathlin Energy are carrying out
tests on land at West Newton Amanda White is live
near the site tonight .
They are perplexed. We have only just been able to get down here.
Officers were posted at the end of the lane, keeping the road closed
while Rathlin Energy has been doing exploratory drilling. The convoy
caused surprise, but the number of officers was met with disbelief.
It uses ultraviolet officers was met with disbelief.
It uses ultraviolet light. It is quite innovative technology. Well,
here are some of the pictures. They counted 64 vehicles moving through
new Ellerby. Rathlin Energy told is in a statement that although they
had been moving vehicles to try and minimise disruption in nearby
villages, because they had had some problems, Humberside police advised
them to move them in a large convoy because of safety. Purchasers told
is over 100 officers were involved in the operation `` protesters told
us. Humberside police said that is an exaggeration. They have not told
us how many officers were involved in the operation. They said they
were facilitating this peaceful protest.
Amanda, thank you. East Yorkshire might have missed out
on the Tour De France but the race organisers are now
promising a new annual cycling event It should attract the worlds best
cyclists and there could even be Well, over in West Yorkshire they
are preparing for this year's Tour De France and Paul Ogden is
in Otley for us tonight. So Paul can we expect to see the
likes of Chris Froome and Bradley Quite possibly, and why not? We have
a big cycling culture that we know and love in East Yorkshire. The
tours Britain has been hosted successfully in towns and East
Yorkshire, including the city of Hull. The man who can really answer
the question is the Chief Executive of the organisation which brought
the Tour de France broadly to Yorkshire, Gary Verity. Thank you
for this announcement. What can you tell is? We will work with our
friends over the next few months to agree the route, but the purpose is
to go to places where the Tour de France isn't going, so it would make
perfect sense if it went to Hull and parts of East Yorkshire, and parts
of the Yorkshire coast as well. We will work on the route with our
friends and partners over the next few months and make announcements in
the early autumn. Briefly, a three stage race? Yes, over the first
weekend in May next year and we want to put on a women's race as well.
This kind of passion, this will be coming to Yorkshire. Thank you very
much. In a word, what do you like about Yorkshire as a place to stage
this kind of event? It is gorgeous and there is passion for cycling and
love for the tour, so we're very happy. It will be massive. Thank
you. We had better get the potholes ironed out on the Humber Bridge.
Thank you very much. The Newton on Trent site will
provide more than 20 million litres of water every day. Anglian Water
says it's vital to maintain supplies as Lincoln continues to grow.
Thank you for getting in touch about cuts to legal aid.
19 youngsters from Cleethorpes travelled to the capital tomorrow
for a performance. Signhills Strings, 90 violinist from
six up to 18`year`old. They are rehearsing for performers the Royal
Albert Hall. They have worked incredibly hard to
get to where they have got to. Some have done it with me before. We are
quite spot. I started when I was about eight. My
vile and future has taught me so much. `` my violin teacher has
taught me so much. Although sometimes it can be a bit hard, you
just work through it. It is fun. The top group, the older ones, they play
all the way through it and they did the backing and everything. The
younger ones get to play quite a lot as well. We're playing sky fall, the
national anthem and rule the world. I work with them not just in large
rehearsals but individually as well. It has to be perfect.
I am really excited. I don't really feel the nerves. I feel the
excitement about it. You don't really get nervous, you
just play like there's no one out there. I know they are watching in
Cleethorpes, so safe journey to London and enjoy playing.
There headlines: The Prime Ministers called for urgent action to tackle
the growing threat to resistance and.
Talking about claims of bullying in hospitals, this is anonymous, very
sad to lose Wendy Noble, I worked with her for years, the NHS cannot
afford to lose such good surgeons and consultants, I complained many
years ago but it fell on deaf ears. I decided to leave. Another
anonymous one, I worked in Hull for over 40 years and found bullying
existed not just between the medical staff but amongst admin staff as
well. Finally, from Emily, people should be able to speak out without
fears. Thank you for those. And thank you
for watching. Goodbye.