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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Suzanne Virdee and Nick Owen.


The headlines tonight: Costing the NHS �100,000 - the illegal


immigrant who has spent more than a year in hospital. When they are


ready for discharge they should be sent back to their country of


residence. Children as young as three are


being given drugs to treat hyperactivity. It was like he was


sleepwalking. He had dark circles under his eyes. His behaviour was


wonderful but it did not look like him. 8000 on their way to


Birmingham for the Lib Dem conference. It is claimed it will


generate �12 million for the city. And the world's best gymnasts head


to the Potteries. Good evening. Welcome to Friday's


Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight: Calls to deport an illegal


immigrant who has spent over a year in hospital, costing the NHS more


than �100,000. The patient was well enough to leave hospital last


August but needed nursing care and had nowhere to go. The result - he


has been living at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley ever since. The


issue has been raised in Parliament and border officials say he will be


leaving the country soon. Joanne Writtle reports.


Russells Hall Hospital serves 400,000 people in the Dudley area.


The illegal immigrant from Pakistan has been here for 13 months, even


though he could have been discharged in August last year.


Margot James, the local MP, raised the matter in the House of Commons.


I am not arguing that an illegal immigrant should not have emergency


care if they have a crisis, but when that care is finished and they


are ready for discharge they should be sent back to their country of


residence because they have no entitlement to remain.


The hospital released a statement, saying Our patient needed acute


hospital care when admitted into hospital with complex medical


conditions, and was medically fit to be discharged in August 2010,


but required ongoing nursing care. The NHS is a national, not an


international, health service and we will not tolerate its abuse,


which is why arrangements for removal have been made in this


complex case. That nursing care would usually be


provided in the community, in the patient's or more a nursing home,


for example. The people we spoke to in Dudley gave a mixed reaction.


They should at least try to help him somehow. If the NHS should be


used for residents of here. We pay the taxes. If he is an illegal


immigrant they should send him back. A spokeswoman for the UK Border


The Border agency has been working on the matter for nine months now


and says it hopes to arrange for the man to return to Pakistan as


soon as possible. Let's talk did Joanne now. Any news


of when this patient will be deported?


Tonight Margot James has told us that she understands he will be


flown back to Pakistan towards the end of next week. When the matter


was raised in the House of Commons, Damian Green, the Immigration


Minister, said that an airline had been found to fly the man back home.


He also said that care and reception arrangements had been


made to ensure his removal from the country went smoothly.


Why has it taken so long? Well, there have been lengthy


negotiations between the UK Border agency and Pakistan International


Airlines. The immigration removal centre was not equipped, it turns


out, to provide the medical care needed. Apparently, all immigration


removal centres are equipped to deal with short-term cases and


medical emergencies, but not the type of care required by this man.


In addition, a doctor here advised the UK Border agency that the man


would need at least one medical escort to fly and that he would


need to travel lying down on a stretcher. All in all, be described


it as a highly complex case. -- they describe it. Later in the


programme: Ben Rich is here with all the weekend weather news. Well,


the weather calmed down briefly in midweek, but now it is turning


unsettled again, just in time for the weekend. Join me for all the


details of a blustery, showery outlook later in the programme.


A new group's been set up by the Government to find out what caused


last month's riots in Birmingham and other cities in England. The


Independent Riots, Communities and Victims Panel launched a website


today, and it is also sending thousands of letters to areas


affected by trouble. Earlier I spoke to the panel's chairman,


Darra Singh, and asked him who they wanted to hear from.


We want to hear from as wide a range of people as possible -


shopkeepers, businesses, residents who have been affected. We also


want to hear from those in neighbouring areas who may not have


had a direct impact but who have views. We want to hear from people


who work with the police or local councils in the voluntary sector.


As wide a range of people as possible. If you want to give us


your views, we want to hear from you. What do you what to achieve by


this? We have a very clear remit. We are a panel that has been set up


to look at the grassroots experience and to take views from


local communities and victims. We will be talking directly to


affected areas through a range of visits. We hope to find out the


motivations of people who rioted and while riots happened in some


areas and not others, and what businessmen and women thought of


the support they had and what we can learn for the future.


The Home Affairs Select Committee is also investigating the riots.


They have already been to Birmingham to collect information.


How well you're investigation differ? We will be complementary.


We will want to learn from the information that the Home Affairs


Select Committee have already received. However, we are


independent of government and we will build on that and speak to


local communities and victims directly, as well as visiting areas


that did not have riots to understand what they didn't have


done in the past that has helped. And that report is due out next


March. Tributes have continued to come in


for a soldier from Shropshire who was killed in a shooting incident


at an army firing range in Kent. Fusilier Dean Griffiths, from


Market Drayton, served with the 1st Battalion the Royal Welsh. The 21-


year-old father-to-be was described by his family as caring and fun-


loving. They head of his former school today extended her sympathy


to the Griffiths family. An investigation into what happened is


under way. Thousands of Birmingham city


council workers are to go on strike again next week in protest over new


contracts. Members of Unison last walked out in June over plans to


withdraw a range of shift bonuses and allowances. The union claims


some workers could lose up to �6,000 a year as a result. The one-


day strike is due to take place on Wednesday.


The owner of a 4x4 who drove his vehicle up Snowdon has appeared


before magistrates, charged with dangerous driving. Craig Williams


from Cheltenham is also charged with driving on moorland, common


land or land not used as a road. He was released on unconditional bail


after failing to enter a plea. He will appear again next month.


A leading educational psychologist says children as young as three are


being given drugs to treat hyperactivity. Dave Traxson works


with children in the West Midlands who have been diagnosed with


Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. He claims at least 100


children under six are being prescribed drugs such as Ritalin to


alter their behaviour. Holly Lewis has this report.


Sarah from Lichfield was at her wits end when her nine-year-old son


was prescribed Ritalin. She soon regretted her decision. It was like


he was drug-induced, it was like he was sleepwalking. He had black


circles under his eyes. Yes, his behaviour was wonderful but it did


not look like him. You could see that there was something else.


This educational psychologist believes only 20% of the children


in the West Midlands to take psychotropic drugs should have been


prescribed them. And he is alarmed by the age of some of the patients.


The area we are most concerned about his prescribing these strong


stimulants for children under six. The reason for that is that their


brains have not finished developing at that stage and we are putting a


toxic compound into a child's developing brain. Guidelines issued


by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence state that drug


treatment is not recommended for pre-school children. For month --


Ford youngsters with moderate condition -- symptoms, behavioural


therapy should be tried first. Sarah took her son of Ritalin and


found a parenting course helped her cope with his behaviour. The


Association of Educational psychologists is calling for a


Government review into the prescription of powerful drugs for


prescription of powerful drugs for prescription of powerful drugs for


children. Our health correspondent, Michele Paduano, joins us now. If


the National Institute for Clinical Excellence say children under six


shouldn't be prescribed these drugs, how come it's happening at all?


medicines are not actually licensed to be used for children who are six


years of age and under. There are serious side-effects and it does


affect their growth. Like all good rules, there are exceptions. The


person who drew up the rules says that, in extreme cases and with the


consent of the family, it can be used, but only in specialist


centres. Our drugs such as Ritalin Mrs


Ardely a bad thing? Both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the


National Institute for Clinical Excellence say that they work in


the short-term. It is a bit more sketchy in the long term. They


should only be used in extreme cases and in conjunction with other


therapies and with education going on with the families. Like all


things, medicine suffers from fashion and worries about cost. It


is about getting it right for the children. Plans for a �14 million


expansion to the Potteries shopping centre in Stoke-on-Trent went on


show today. The project involves a mix of shops,


restaurants and a cinema. 100 jobs could be created during


construction, almost 200 once it is complete. If approved, building


work would begin next year, with facilities opening in 2014.


80% of businessmen in Coventry and Warwickshire say they are


optimistic about their prospects for growth, despite the fragile


economy. They were polled at today's Chamber of Commerce


conference in a week that saw inflation and unemployment increase.


One speaker, Lord Digby Jones, called for more encouragement for


entrepreneurs. The nation has paid itself money it has never earned


four years. What we have got to do, of course, is ensure that we put in


the foundations for long-term, sustainable wealth creation. It is


only business that generates taxation, or only business creates


wealth and makes money that employs people.


The Liberal Democrat conference begins at the ICC in Birmingham


tomorrow. Around 8000 delegates, exhibitors and journalists are


expected to attend the five-day event. Marketing Birmingham claim


it will give a �12 million boost to the city's economy.


The conference comes at a difficult time for the coalition government


and also for the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition which runs Birmingham


City Council. Party time again in Birmingham. The


Tories' coalition partners are turning the place she other this


year. Even the Conservative leader of Birmingham City Council is happy.


It is a coup for the City of Birmingham. Here, like at


Westminster, the Conservatives and the Lib-Dems are more than just


good friends. The rule in a coalition known as the city


council's progressive partnership. After winning seven elections


together, they make Nick Clegg and David Cameron look like newly weds.


But it has been a thorny year since the Westminster knot was tied in


the Downing Street Rose Garden. And, much like the Deputy Prime Minister,


Birmingham City Council's deputy leader, Paul Tilsley, enters his


party's first autumn conference in the city with some battle scars. A


poor set of local election results has put Birmingham's progressive


partnership on the rocks, according to some. Given the pattern of seats


that are going to go out in 2012, the runes seem to be cast that it's


going to put that coalition in serious danger, particularly given


that very slim majority they have at the moment.


The Lib-Dems lost seven seats in May, leaving him with 24. Their


Tory partners saw their seats fall by six to 39, giving the progress


of partnership a total now of the 63 seats but Labour became the


largest single party in Birmingham with 55 seats. Another six would


win them back overall control next year. Or will it? Most of the


Jeremiahs had us lasting eight months, let alone eight years, and


part of that has to be Paul Tilsley's leadership, his ability


to carry a Lib Dem party. All food for thought as the Lib Dem party


guests gather to swap notes this weekend.


And our political editor, Patrick Burns, joins us from outside the


ICC now. Patrick, what will be the things to watch out for over the


next few days? Certainly, a big highlight will be


tomorrow. A proud moment for Paul Tilsley because he will formally


welcome his party to his home town for the conference. And yet,


paradoxically, we are also heard that the Labour group are extremely


confident. They think it is a mathematical near certainty that


they will have an overall majority for themselves up the May's


elections. There is a big march and rally being money -- organised by


the TUC which they say could drop to 30,000 people are in support of


their campaign for justice, jobs and growth. As we have been hearing,


Younis and have organised a strike on Wednesday to coincide with Nick


Clegg's speech to conference. The riots are another big theme. There


are likely to be protests against the Liberal Democrats on Monday.


Some people say that they have reneged on their agreement to


defend police numbers. I am joined by the MP for Yardley. As one of


the architects of the progressive partnership, are you resigned, as


Labour say that you should be, to losing power in the City? I think


we have done a very good job. If Labour had the won their general


election, the protests would be bigger. We would face deeper cuts


of Labour won power. But people do not like the medicine. If you look


around the world, the governing parties are suffering. We have


managed to be more effective in dealing with its of the cuts will


be less in the long term. People do not necessarily recognise that.


It does seem that you're party is bearing the full brunt of any


Government unpopularity that is going. There are some very serious


problems and we have to fix them. We have to deal with the deficit,


otherwise you end up with a situation like Greece. Effectively,


there is a Labour Party in power there.


You were in evidence since the immediate aftermath of the riots,


but there has been criticised -- criticism from Lord Heseltine about


the degree of local political leadership at that time of crisis.


As a specific criticism about Birmingham? I did not see that...


He compared leaders unfavourably against Boris Johnson in London.


What did he actually achieve? discussed.


One thing we can all agree on, of course, is that Birmingham is now


firmly established in this merry- go-round of party conference cities.


Back to you. And a reminder that the Politics Show returns this


Sunday, live from the conference at 1:35pm. That's here on BBC 1.


Still to come this evening: Molly's legacy - the little girl still


helping others, despite losing her own fight against cancer.


And that's after the sport with Dan. Stoke City flew home from Kiev in


the wee small hours of the morning. Birmingham City got to bed a little


earlier after their Europa League exertions. But neither team will


have much of a breather before they are off again, in opposite


directions, this weekend. Ian Winter reports. Of all the famous


sights that Kiev has to offer, one sight will live forever in the


memory of those who travelled east from the Potteries - the sight of


Cameron Jerome scoring his first goal for Stoke City, a goal that


made the long trip worthwhile for 400 travelling fans, and a goal


which came so close to winning the game. But Dynamo Kiev spoiled the


Potters' party with a late equaliser in stoppage time. A


disappointing finale but plenty of positives for Tony Pulis. I am


absolutely delighted with the players, he said. Obviously we are


paid sick that we have conceded late on, but it is still a very


good point. At St Andrews, Birmingham City


found Braga too hot to handle. Last season they beat Liverpool on the


way to the Europa League final, and they were 2-0 up inside the hour


mark. Then Marlon King capped an impressive display by scoring his


first goal for the Blues. And today manager Chris Hughton was full of


praise for his performance. He is a good player and it is good to have


him back. What was he like in the dressing room afterwards? I think


he was delighted to have his goal bus-stop he was also placed to come


through 90 minutes. He has been more and more desperate to get back


training and playing and I think it showed last night. But two minutes


from time, Braga wrapped it up at 3-1, leaving the Blues with food


for thought before they meet again in Portugal in November. Between


them, Chris Hughton and Tony Pulis made a total of 14 changes for last


night's Europa League games. And no wonder. On Sunday Stoke head north


to Sunderland and Birmingham travel south to Southampton.


And to keep in touch with how your side gets on over the weekend tune


into your BBC local radio station where they will have all the team


news, match commentary and post- match reaction.


Some of the world's best gymnasts are heading to Stoke-on-Trent this


weekend for the Men's British Artistic Championships. It is an


opportunity for those hoping to make the 2012 Olympics to finesse


their performances, among them, Wolverhampton's Kristian Thomas,


whose sights are set on a medal next year. Ben Godfrey caught up


with him at training camp. Kristian Thomas took up gymnastics


at the age of five, training near his home in Wednesfield. This week


I joined him at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall. The 22 year-


old is now captain of the Great Britain men's team. I have to thank


my brother because he was always the one who was climbing everywhere.


My mum to come to a leisure centre. I can't remember where it was but


it was local. And little brother followed. Aside from this weekend's


British championships, Kristian's focus is next month's World


Championships in Tokyo, where Team GB has a chance to secure a place


at London 2012. My main job is to go there, put my hand up, do clean


routines that I have been doing in preparation already. Kristian's


training with gymnastics elite. There is World and European


champion Beth Tweddle and Lewis Smith, a bronze medallist at the


Beijing Olympics. Kristian brings a calmness to our team and I think he


has had an incredibly strong year this year. I would think he thinks


he is in a pretty good place. He came 6th in last year's world


champions as. He knows he has to go all-out to if he has a hope of


getting a lumbago. I have plenty of inspiration from the other athletes


around. Ask Kristian which apparatus he prefers and he says he


is an all-rounder, but then, when you spend 30 years a week in the


gym, you've got the Olympics in your sights. Ben Godfrey, BBC


Midlands Today, Shropshire. Definitely a case of do not try


that at home! Imperial Commander is a tough horse


racing with a tendon injury. We need a new Local Hero.


This is a really compelling story. She was the little girl who


captured hearts during her fight against cancer. Molly Ollerenshaw


helped hundreds of other children when she narrated a cartoon to


explain what it's like to undergo radiotherapy. Sadly, she died


earlier this year, but, as Sarah Falkland explains, her legacy will


live on. When the last film Moray he had --


she had already been diagnosed with a third tumour and time was running


out. But that did not stop her pitting her heart and soul into a


cartoon made by the makers of Wallace and Gromit. In her short


life, Molly had countless radiotherapy sessions. She was the


perfect choice to help other children will become her feet --


their fears. Molly's animation was sold on to hospitals around the


world and the profits from it have helped to pay for this. It's a


tomotherapy machine - the first high-definition one in the country.


It allows doctors to target tumours more precisely. Molly's mum has


come to see it. Four rows, it is about moving forward and trying to


find positives from that dreadful situation. We can never bring Molly


backed this up of course we would want to see her and bring her back


and have a for every second. If we cannot do that they want to do


something that makes a difference for other people. The machine cost


�2 million. It means Birmingham's Elisabeth Hospital is the only one


in Europe to have two of them. The risk of zapping healthy tissue is


now extremely low. It is the difference between an accuracy of


five mm and an accuracy of 2 mm. Each year 1,500 children in the UK


are diagnosed with cancer. The Queen Elizabeth is the second


largest centre in the country for radiotherapy treatment in children.


Typically, around 80 children are treated each year. In the end, no


machines could save Molly, but the one she has helped to pay for will


start saving lives in November. What an incredible achievement. �2


million she has raised. It must give so much strength to her family.


The summer's music festivals are still going on. Some big names at


Henley in Arden tomorrow afternoon and evening, including Bev Bevan


and The Move, but the weather's all It is looking very mixed. We are


expecting a bit of sunshine and some rain. There will be blustery


showers and the wind will be a feature. There will be good sunny


spells in between. For most of us it is fairly pleasant this evening.


Later in the night the showers fling themselves in from the south-


west. There could be the odd rumble of thunder mix them. This is how


things look tomorrow - low pressure up to the north. This is not going


anywhere fast. It is throwing showers in from the West. That is


not a bad direction from us -- for us. A bit of shelter from the Welsh


hills could mean that some of us do not see too many showers. Shares


could be heavy and thundery tomorrow. It will be much cooler


with highs of 16 or 17 Celsius. If you're going to any of the football


matches, there will be some showers at Aston Villa versus Newcastle.


The showers will fade away tomorrow evening. It will be dry for a time.


Later in the night we see the persistent rain starting to make


its way through Staffordshire. That will move south through all parts


of the region on Sunday. There will probably be more showers on Sunday


than on Saturday. The weekend is mixed and changeable - some sunny


spells and showers, the showers heaviest on Sunday. It stays


changeable as we go into next week. Not the best weekend forecast.


The main headlines: All four of the trapped miners in Wales have now


been found dead. Costing the NHS �100,000 - the


illegal immigrant who spent more than a year in hospital.


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