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Long shifts without breaks, faulty equipment and patients'
lives put at risk - just some of the claims made
by whistleblowers from the North West ambulance service.
The claims come days after the Care Quality Commission
People's lives are in danger, something needs to be done.
We need more staff, we just need help.
They work on the front line and their profession,
These ambulance staff have put their jobs
You've got paramedics and you've got emergency medical technicians, EMTs.
They aren't trained to do exactly what a paramedic can do.
If they are sent out paramedics are promised,
but nine times out of ten there's not enough staff.
EMTs are left with the families screaming at them to do things.
The CQC found that between December 2015 and made 2016 there were over
two and a half thousand incidents where front line
staff waited over one hour for paramedic back-up.
These whistle-blowers say its equipment as well as staffing
You're stealing things from other vehicles that are parked up.
Some doors don't even open from the outside.
So if there's an accident you wouldn't be able to get out.
These men say they've complained to managers
They say they and the public desperately need protection,
that speaking out is the last resort to make that happen.
In a statement the North West Ambulance Service blamed more
call outs and pressure on the NHS for delays.
It says equipment problems have been addressed and it's working hard
It's hoped a ?3million refurbishment of Middlesbrough's railway station
will help the town attract jobs and investment.
Improved transport links are central to the council's
Inside the station buckets are carefully positioned to catch
Now the roof is to be fixed and the crumbling
Network Rail's going to invest ?2.7 million over the next year,
year and a half to completely replace the roof.
A grade two listed building, so we need a specialist
But that's in place and we're looking forward to getting started
and restoring the station roof to give Middlesbrough
1.3 million passengers use Middlesbrough's Railway
And the improvments are seen as an essential part of the local
council's business plan to regenerate the town,
We've got officers coming to the centre of the town
The area around the station is vitally important as well.
Some of it is already refurbished, and some of it is in the process
We have offered grants to people to try and kick start
Stuart Whincup, BBC Look North, Middlesborough.
Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
was in Newcastle today to launch his campaign to beat
He wants the city to commit to losing 100,000lb
I think it will give me the extra momentum to lose weight and get
Newcastle certainly has an advantage in that we've still got the same
problems as other areas of the country, but we've got
People can encourage each other to make a difference
I felt like getting fit again, really.
It might help give me a bit of a push.
Onto football now and in the Premier League Middlesbrough
lost 1-nil to visitors West Ham and Sunderland also
Newcastle are back at the top of the championship after beating rather
for e-mail at St James's Park. Carlisle drew one and all with
Accrington and Hartlepool last two to Stevenage.
Time to take a look at the weather now with Owain Wyn Evans.
Lovely spells of sunshine across Cumbria today.
Overnight it's cloudy, drizzle drifting up to the north.
Maybe turning to a bit of sleet or snow on high ground.
You can see my map is turning blue, temperatures below freezing around
We could see some mist and fog tomorrow morning as well as frost.
A dry, settled day to come, gaps being punched into those clouds,
some sunny spells overhead with highs of four or five Celsius,
high-pressure sticks around over the next few
That's it from us. You can catch all the political news tomorrow at 11am.
Goodbye. Good evening. It does not get
warmer. If you check the UK as a whole, it has been one of the
coldest days so far. The hard frost to come in areas where it stays
clear, parts of East Anglia, the south-east, fog across Scotland, at
West, a change, showers and parts of Wales and England, some snow on high
ground as well. Meanwhile, down under through the early hours, Andy
Murray will be getting ready for his next match in the Australian