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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee.
The headlines tonight: Failed at every turn, why did three hospitals
fail to diagnose a teenager's TB which then killed her? All of their
commissions were devastated by the fact they had not made the
diagnosis of. Hundreds in the queue, symbol of the desperate scramble
for jobs in the region. Ten years on, a son remembers the
father who died on 9/11. A this is the 10th anniversary and for me it
is very much the time to draw a line.
And up close and personal, as the rugby world cup sends passions
Good evening and welcome to Friday's Midlands Today from the
BBC. Tonight, the parents of a teenage girl who died from
tuberculosis say she was failed at every turn by doctors. They took
15-year-old Alina Sarag to three hospitals and all failed to
diagnose her. The BBC can reveal that one
hospital didn't identify TB from an X-ray and cancelled a simple test
which could have shown the disease. Our health correspondent, Michele
Paduano, has this exclusive report. Alina Sarag died earlier this year
from TB, having been in constant agony for four months. Her parents
tried desperately to find out what was wrong. Appalling, disgusting.
There was no response for anything, even though we were telling them
that she was vomiting. She was eating something, she would eat a
great, chivvied into six pieces. Within a minute, they would come
back. It was at this school during 2009, but she was diagnosed with
dormant tuberculosis. She was treated with antibiotics but none
of the stick -- an independent investigation found they had not
The trust which runs the clinic said, we have completed an internal
investigation into the care provided to Alina Sarag by
Birmingham Chest Clinic and an action plan has been developed with
our clinicians. A year later after a holiday in Pakistan, Alina became
ill. First she was taken to Heartlands Hospital. It found
nothing wrong. She went to Birmingham Children's Hospital. It
queried typhoid or an infestation. Then the family took her to City
and Sandwell hospitals where her best chance was lost. So why to
different hospitals? We took her to different hospitals because we were
hoping that somebody would pick up what was wrong with her. We thought
maybe a better Dr would pick up what was wrong with her. We were
failed at every turn. She was brought here to the accident and
emergency where a junior doctor did carry out a thorough investigation.
He advised a test on her flam up but was overruled. -- phlegm.
Radiologist, who examined the x-ray thought TB unlikely. A radiologist
who examined the X-ray for the review thought it was TB. The
hospitals medical director admits that there were mistakes with Miss
Sarag's care, but not in the hospital's systems. He insisted
that not diagnosing TB from the X- ray was reasonable and
understandable. The recommendation was to see how she goes. If it was
still an issue, we would have repeated the X-ray further down the
line and think about further tests. Finally, Birmingham children's
Hospital decided it was all in her head. Alina Sarag was sent to a
psychologist, but was too ill for the assessment. She died on the day
she was due to go back. Michele is here in the studio now.
Michele, we know TB is on the rise again, but this case suggests the
health service hasn't got a firm grasp of the issue, doesn't it?
This is only one case and TB is difficult to diagnose. I feel sorry
for the hospital because at least they considered the possibility.
Heartlands hospital knew the history but did not do a chest X-
ray. The Children's Hospital had two opportunities and didn't even
consider it. Jacky Chambers things they do need to raise awareness.
think everyone needs to be aware that tuberculosis is still around
in the city. It is very important that we educate all of our doctors,
both family and hospital doctors, to be conscious and alert for the
symptoms and signs of tuberculosis, particularly the more unusual forms.
That is what we are taking forward right now. She also wants to be
able to flag up these potential cases between different hospitals.
I'm afraid as far as the inquest is concerned, we will have to wait
until next year. Still ahead tonight: what needs to be done to
ensure the business jewel in Birmingham's crown shines even
A graphic illustration of unemployment rates in the region
was there for all to see in the Black Country today, as more than
1,500 people chased 500 jobs. Huge queues snaked all around a
college campus in Bilston in the scramble for the posts. Joanne
Writtle reports. This was the scene outside the City of Wolverhampton
College as people queued around the building at a jobs fair. Among them
three women made redundant yesterday when the supermarket they
worked in closed down in Willenhall. Joanne Cook had clocked up 33 years
service. I feel numb at the minute. It has not sunk in. On Monday
morning, one I'm getting up for work, and will realise 10th lost --
I will realise that that point. Thomas Whyte was made redundant in
March. He's 61 and was a carpenter and repair team leader for a
housing trust for 15 years. It is hard for my generation. If my wife
was not in work, we would be in a desperate situation and might even
lose our house. Inside, organisers and employers saw a non-stop stream
of people. More than Hampton -- Wolverhampton is a place where
people are keen to take positive actions to get back into were.
is the scale of people looking for work and there are still more
queuing outside. 25 employers are here with a potential 500 temporary
and permanent jobs on offer. Thomas, from Wednesfield, tried to sell his
skills to everyone. I am feeling this could be an opening for me. I
would like to get my foot in the door. Meanwhile, the redundant shop
workers we saw earlier were optimistic about interviews with
other stores. You will hear from me this evening, OK, so you can come
in for us. Good luck with your application. As for Thomas...
are a number of companies who are asking me to apply and some have
promised me an interview. This is 1000 % better than the response
I've been getting for the last six months. I've got a couple of weeks
left to find so thing. Hours after opening, people were still arriving
to queue. Walsall council has accidentally
dumped personal details in his kit. Hundreds of documents were found.
The statements were thrown away by a contractor on the council's
behalf. Plans for a train station at the
Rico arena and a major upgrade of their line have moved a step closer.
-- Ricoh. On Sunday, millions will remember a
day that shook the world, September 11th 2001 when terrorists flew two
planes into New York's Twin Towers. Memorial events are taking place,
and prayers will be said at church services across the West Midlands.
In this special report, Ben Godfrey's been to meet people from
our region whose lives fundamentally changed on that
On September the 11th 2001, New Yorkers greeted a cool, cloudless
morning. But a tragedy was about to unfold as people from the Midlands
were heading into work at the World Trade Centre. The sky turned black
and the degree, you could see... We were inside at that time. Andrew
Philpott from Worcester was helping to launch the American arm of an IT
business. He was eating breakfast in the north tower when the first
hijacked plane struck. This hotel room card, a chilling reminder that
he and colleagues survived this atrocity. We had to escape from the
building is wearing what we had. Have got the ship still which has
got burn marks in because of the aviation fuel that was coming down.
-- I have got. With explosions being seen across the skyline, CNN
correspondent Patricia Sabga was despatched to file eyewitness
reports. Paddy, are you there? here. About an hour ago, I was on
the corner of Broadway and another street, 1000 yards from the World
Trade Centre. The first tower collapsed. There was a massive
explosion. This morning, she was on BBC Hereford and Worcester
recalling a moment that changed her life. For a split second, I thought
I'm going to do I. -- going to die. She became a war correspondent,
then married an ex SAS officer and moved to Worcestershire. This one
woman started screaming at me. She said I need to phone my family.
Coventry, as he watched on television, one name was all Rob
Halligan was waiting to hear. That of his father Bob. He was working
for an insurance firm on the 99th floor of the south tower. His
remains have never been found. was a real Englishman in New York.
He loved his English eccentricities. 9/11 changed Rob's life. He pursued
his passion for music, this song he filmed on the streets of New York.
He's also raised more than �25,000 for charity. How do you feel toured
the perpetrators of this atrocity? Any sense of forgiveness? Sometimes
I can say yes, sometimes I can say and working on it. I think they're
wrong a lot of other issues. You have to look at why it happened, go
back beyond that time to find out... You need to draw a little bit of a
line under the last 10 years and say it is time to move on and now,
and hopefully find a bit of closure. There are other families in the
Midlands whose loved ones were killed on 9/11. Here and on Sunday,
they've chosen a time of quiet That poignant anniversary comes on
Sunday. You can read more about the anniversary on our Facebook page.
Jewellers in one of Birmingham's most historic districts called for
greater business support from the Government today.
The Jewellery Quarter dates back more than 250 years and is still
home to over 400 jewellery companies. But many of those firms
face big challenges for the future. Made in the Jewellery Quarter,
Birmingham. A platinum gold ring, in the expert hands of jeweller
James Newman. Our customer is really looking for something
special, something unique, something original. James Newman
joined others in banging the drum for Birmingham manufacturing, for
the benefit of this man. A good to meet you, welcome. Martin
Donnelly's job is to advise ministers in the Department for
Business and at the School of Jewellery he met company bosses who
had plenty to say. Lots of discussions about skills. Good
taking him say that this current government gets manufacturing but
we need to see growth coming through. Manufacturing as a whole
has suffered through cheap overseas competition. 30,000 people worked
in the jewellery trade in Birmingham at the turn of the 20th
century. It's now around 2,000. But this isn't about trying to compete
against cheap foreign imports. The story now is not volume but value,
and the job they are trying to do here is promote the Jewellery
Quarter as the place to come for high quality, high value goods.
often people don't know what Birmingham has to offer. We have an
amazing wealth of activity in the jewellery Quarter. The half high-
end automotive and specialist, high value added manufacturing. We need
to celebrate his it. And it was a message the man from the ministry
was taking on board. The high quality luxury-goods market is
growing fast with a new consumers in Asia and elsewhere. This is a
real opportunity for Birmingham. The quality of high-end product and
design is world-beating. And as he left he promised to return and in
the meantime promote the city. It's likely many people will hold him to
Wakeman School and arts college has a good reputation. This year's
GCSEs with the best ever. But its pupil numbers are at an all-time
low and despite months of protests culminating in this demonstration,
at Shire Hall, the decision to close was taken. The pupils have
mocked up a crime scene because they believe it is criminal for
their score to be closed and they are doing it right under the
meeting rooms where those decisions are being made. They should see our
school for how it is and that it is a good school which should not shy.
If you get rid of the family, it will be an incredible a disaster.
Emotive as their arguments are, they were not enough to change
minds and the council said it was not viable to run a more than half
empty school. The school buildings can accommodate around 670 pupils.
But at present, there are just 230. For a minute there was talk of
school closures, obviously parents link that with our school and
started to be concerned about their children coming here. -- from the
minute there was talk. I've lost about 180 children in the last few
months. So now the fight is on with the school claiming that these
Council's consultation process will flawed. There were numerous
complaints to the ombudsman and there are now investigating
Shropshire council to see whether or not they are guilty of
maladministration for example. There is also the adjudicator. If
they look at the case, I am fairly confident it would be rejected and
the council would have to support the school in repairing the damage
that the council has done to it. The school is it Scheduled to close
in 2013 but the real fight to keep it open has only just begun.
Shropshire council told us they refute all claims of
maladministration, saying it has been a very difficult decision to
close the school. They are absolutely satisfied they followed
correct processes to the letter. Still to come tonight: the answer
to this question, ahead of Europe's largest free arts festival - what
links these two photos? And I'll be here with a look ahead
to a blustery autumnal weekend, which could have a real sting in
its tail. All the details coming up 600 years ago, an unknown Midlander
commissioned a book or compilation of texts. It's called the Vernon
Manuscript, extremely long and it's been described as one of the
greatest treasures of early English literature.
It's also unheard of, outside the Oxford library where it's kept. But
now the book has been digitised. And for researchers it's a chance
to hear how it might have sounded centuries ago. Here's our science
correspondent David Gregory. The Vernon manuscript, poetry and
prose for pious readers written in 1400. And written in a West
Midlands dialect. It is written on a calf skin and it is thought it
took 200 animals. You can now fit it all on one DVD. So while the
manuscript remains locked in the Bodlean Library in Oxford, the
words are returning to the Midlands home to the dialect they were
written in. A lot of the key characteristics of the accents now
were already there 600 years ago. We are studying the relationship
between the two. You is often Researchers from the University of
Birmingham are now touring Birmingham and the Black Country.
Recording people speaking the words of the Vernon Manuscript as they
were meant to sound. Go, he said, woman, in peace. The in habit of a
home is... I might ask him if forgiveness and all my sins...
Reading 600 year-old texts takes some practice but the hope is that
one day this manuscript will go on display back in the Midlands, where
it came from. If you would like to read the resit
-- meet the researchers, you can find the details on the David's
The Premier League returns tomorrow after the international break, with
Stoke City hoping that record signing Peter Crouch can mark his
debut with a goal against one of his former clubs Liverpool.
While West Bromwich Albion will be desperate to kick start their
season, no points so far after their first three games. They've
conceded late goals in all three. But manager Roy Hodgson doesn't
think it'll be an ongoing problem. The timing of the goals as one of
those things that happens in football. Goals are scored in early
and they are scored late. Sometimes you can make a big mistake trying
to read something into it which actually is not they have. -- is
not there. England open their Rugby World Cup
campaign against Argentina tomorrow in New Zealand, hoping to repeat
their final-winning heroics of 2003. But today the excitement was also
building 11,000 miles away, in the town that gave the game its name.
Ian Winter reports from Rugby. Out side the merchants in, Marco Polo
had been decorated by a Malory face paint. Business was brisk. This
morning, several VIP guests joined the party. Half-a-dozen Malory's
were tucking into breakfast to celebrate to be opening match. --
Maororis. But Bruce was not in town just took celebrate the victory,
There are thousands of different dancers but all of them not convey
the soul, passion and strength of the tribes. You will see many
during the World Cup but today was a new experience for the school
children or rugby. It was good how they used their facial expressions
and how they danced. I thought it was a bit weird but I really
enjoyed it. Were used get? really. It was scary in some parts
but enjoyed one as well. Maybe this wasn't the right moment to remind
them that that New Zealand have not won the World Cup since 1987. If
they don't win it on old -- home soil, how about England? You never
know. Semi-finals, without a doubt, I hope they can do all the way to
the final. It will be the All Blacks all the way! It is not every
day you pop into rugby town centre and come face to face with these
guys. I was united in French are by sharing the same breath. Let's hope
we are still doing that if England face the All Blacks in next month's
The Paralympic Games tickets go on sale today. I want my friends and
family to come. They didn't get to come to Beijing so having them
there will be good. It sounds like loads of people want to come. It is
going to be good. It's the same as the Olympics relive. Very
Now your chance to become real life art. It's a new self-portrait
project aimed at giving a snapshot of the people of Birmingham.
The idea's being started at Arts Fest, the country's biggest free
arts festival. Our Arts Reporter, Satnam Rana has the details.
Photographer Brian Homer's on the look out for people across
Birmingham to take part in his new self-portrait project. It's been
inspired by these snaps, taken in 1979 by people in Handsworth on
Grove lane. He was one of the original architects. We wanted to
show the community in a positive light. That is what we did, I think.
To that extent, we are still trying to show Birmingham in a positive
light. Perhaps Birmingham as a whole does not have a good
reputation and this is one way the can say we've got a good, to hear.
-- a good culture here. Phil and Julie took part as passers by in
1979. It's a long time ago. I've got middle-aged spread. It's nice
to come back and recreate those images. Unlike 32 years ago,
participants will be able to walk away with a print for now. But
their photos won't be wasted. They will end up here, the new library
of Birmingham. But we will have to wait until 2013 to take a look,
which has won the Library is due to open a. Mobile photo shops will
appear across the city between now and the end of the month, offering
future generations a glimpse into the people of Birmingham in 2011. I
think you should have your photograph taken! All the
information you need about the festival, including the photography
exhibition, can be found on our Some big changes this weekend.
Particularly late on Sunday and into Monday, the threat of
disruptive and strong winds. Warned that in a moment. This weekend is
shaping up as a bog-standard autumnal weekend with blustery
winds and a little bit of rain. The scenes some showers pushing
northwards during today. They continue their journey through this
evening. Overnight, we are left with cloud and dribs and drabs of
rain. It will be very mild, exceptionally mild for the time of
the us. Of -- the time of year. A warm start tomorrow. The rain will
turn heavier for a time. It will clear a way to the east to leave
something brighter during the afternoon. A blustery day and
temperatures of 20 or 21. Not as impressive as they were. It is
again blistery on Sunday. A story of sunny spells and scattered
showers. That wind would increase through the day on Sunday. 18 Nov
19 Celsius. -- 18 or 19 Celsius. Then we have to watch events on the
other side of the Atlantic. There is a swirl of cloud sitting to the
east of the US. This is the track we are expecting it to take across
the Atlantic. There is some doubt because it could end up further
north. Either way, even though it will not be a hurricane, it will
still pack a punch when it arrives. Through Sunday night and into
Monday, we will see his band of heavy rain pushing northwards
followed by some very strong, potentially gale-force winds. There
is a lot still to play for. Keep in touch with the forecast as we go
through the next few days. It is an unsettled outlook for the weekend,
particularly through Sunday night A look at tonight's main headlines:
New York braces itself as it faces a credible terrorist threat ahead
of the tenth anniversary of the 9- 11 attacks. And here, failed at