21/01/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


21/01/2017

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Good Evening. for the news where you are.

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Long shifts without breaks, faulty equipment and patients'

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lives put at risk - just some of the claims made

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by whistleblowers from the North West ambulance service.

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The claims come days after the Care Quality Commission

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People's lives are in danger, something needs to be done.

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We need more staff, we just need help.

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They work on the front line and their profession,

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These ambulance staff have put their jobs

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You've got paramedics and you've got emergency medical technicians, EMTs.

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They aren't trained to do exactly what a paramedic can do.

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If they are sent out paramedics are promised,

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but nine times out of ten there's not enough staff.

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EMTs are left with the families screaming at them to do things.

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The CQC found that between December 2015 and made 2016 there were over

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two and a half thousand incidents where front line

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staff waited over one hour for paramedic back-up.

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These whistle-blowers say its equipment as well as staffing

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You're stealing things from other vehicles that are parked up.

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Some doors don't even open from the outside.

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So if there's an accident you wouldn't be able to get out.

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These men say they've complained to managers

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They say they and the public desperately need protection,

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that speaking out is the last resort to make that happen.

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In a statement the North West Ambulance Service blamed more

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call outs and pressure on the NHS for delays.

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It says equipment problems have been addressed and it's working hard

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It's hoped a ?3million refurbishment of Middlesbrough's railway station

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will help the town attract jobs and investment.

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Improved transport links are central to the council's

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Inside the station buckets are carefully positioned to catch

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Now the roof is to be fixed and the crumbling

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Network Rail's going to invest ?2.7 million over the next year,

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year and a half to completely replace the roof.

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A grade two listed building, so we need a specialist

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But that's in place and we're looking forward to getting started

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and restoring the station roof to give Middlesbrough

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1.3 million passengers use Middlesbrough's Railway

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And the improvments are seen as an essential part of the local

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council's business plan to regenerate the town,

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We've got officers coming to the centre of the town

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The area around the station is vitally important as well.

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Some of it is already refurbished, and some of it is in the process

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We have offered grants to people to try and kick start

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Stuart Whincup, BBC Look North, Middlesborough.

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Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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was in Newcastle today to launch his campaign to beat

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He wants the city to commit to losing 100,000lb

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I think it will give me the extra momentum to lose weight and get

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Newcastle certainly has an advantage in that we've still got the same

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problems as other areas of the country, but we've got

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People can encourage each other to make a difference

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I felt like getting fit again, really.

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It might help give me a bit of a push.

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Onto football now and in the Premier League Middlesbrough

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lost 1-nil to visitors West Ham and Sunderland also

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Newcastle are back at the top of the championship after beating rather

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for e-mail at St James's Park. Carlisle drew one and all with

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Accrington and Hartlepool last two to Stevenage.

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Time to take a look at the weather now with Owain Wyn Evans.

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Lovely spells of sunshine across Cumbria today.

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Overnight it's cloudy, drizzle drifting up to the north.

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Maybe turning to a bit of sleet or snow on high ground.

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You can see my map is turning blue, temperatures below freezing around

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We could see some mist and fog tomorrow morning as well as frost.

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A dry, settled day to come, gaps being punched into those clouds,

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some sunny spells overhead with highs of four or five Celsius,

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high-pressure sticks around over the next few

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That's it from us. You can catch all the political news tomorrow at 11am.

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Goodbye. Good evening. It does not get

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warmer. If you check the UK as a whole, it has been one of the

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coldest days so far. The hard frost to come in areas where it stays

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clear, parts of East Anglia, the south-east, fog across Scotland, at

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West, a change, showers and parts of Wales and England, some snow on high

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ground as well. Meanwhile, down under through the early hours, Andy

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Murray will be getting ready for his next match in the Australian

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