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Welcome to Midlands Today. The top stories this Tuesday evening:


Saving lives with technology. Ensuring patients get the right


drugs in care when they needed. 28,000 young people are in part-


time work. Where other full-time jobs? I am trying. But I'm getting


nothing back. They say they want more experience, but I cannot get


it if they will not give me any. Swamped with 999 calls. The service


pleading with people to think before they dial.


And the spelling of "City Sentral" that is causing shock in Stoke.


live in Stoke-on-Trent. And we want shopping centre with a C, not an S.


Good evening. Tonight, could a new hospital computer system be the key


to saving thousands of lives idea? The system, which operates at


Birmingham's newest hospital, has been recommended to be Team


recommend -- investigating above average debt rates at Stafford


hospital. Adam Brimelow reports. Staff alert in Europe's biggest


critical care unit, here at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The message has


been triggered automatically by computer. On a ward downstairs, a


patient's blood pressure has fallen. Moments later, critical care staff


on the scene. The system responds automatically to a range of


readings, including an LEC nest, and heart rate. This is part of


much wider computer-based surveillance, tracking problems


such as the mixed -- missed medication. Errors are spotted


quickly, and staff are made to explain what has gone wrong. All of


the nurses worked in a high- technology environment. They are


used to monitoring and the impact of IT and technology. If you asked


us why we had not done something, or if you can give us evidence to


prove that I challenging us, things have improved for the patients, we


would not mind. It is estimated about 20 % of hospital prescribed


drug doses are not given to patients. Here, with the computer


surveillance and by calling staff to account, they have almost have


that figure. They estimate that if this was adopted across the NHS, it


would save 16,000 lives. This is one of several systems commercially


available to the NHS. Senior managers say it has enabled them to


change the culture of care. It has become culturally acceptable for


drugs not to be given to patients. And really that is what we have


been trying to do, turnaround that culture, and say that every single


dose is important. If the Department of Health says the


system shows how the NHS can harness in formation to improve


care. Adam has written a full report


about the new system on the BBC Health website.


Still ahead on tonight's programme... Jessie J drops in with


some sound advice for students at Birmingham's answer to Fame Academy.


The reality for young people is very different. New figures show


the number of young people in the region working part-time has risen


by more than 10 % since 2008. With youth unemployment at its highest


level for 20 years, more than 28,000 people between the ages of


16 and 24 are working part time. What is it like for those people


trying to enter the job market? Tayla Scott is looking for a career


in the travel industry. Instead, she is working part-time in a pub


in West Bromwich. That first full- time job is hard to come by. Thomas


Cook, Thompsons, travel agents, hospitality. But I get nothing back.


I am trying, but I am getting nothing back. They say they want


more experience. I can't get experience if I am not given any.


She is far from alone. The number of 16 to 24-year-old working part


time has increased dramatically in the past three years. This place


was set up to provide opportunities for young people. They are also


finding it hard. Hundreds of youngsters look to this social


enterprise for help in finding work. It specialises in kids who have had


difficulties and need a second chance. Kayleigh has got one


working in a kitchen, but it is part time and her contract ends at


the end of the month. It is hard. You do not know if you will lose


your job and have to start again. Being kicked down, it is hard to


get back up. Look at it from her employer's perspective - struggling


through that downturn, taking on full-time staff is a gamble. They


have to be part time, because we want to spread the opportunities.


But also, we have the challenges of what we can afford to pay. That is


a big challenge for many social enterprises as well. So, how to


persuade employers to take on younger workers? The CBI says, give


them an incentive. There are more experienced people out there, so in


that competitive environment it is about lowering the cost and the


risk. Therefore, something like National Insurance reduction is one


way of achieving the aim for stocked for many, it is a case of


making the most of what ever experience you can get.


We are joined by a Joy Warmington, an equality campaigner who works


with young people. We have seen how difficult it is. Some people are


saying they are getting part-time jobs. What had you encountered?


of the things we do is work with young people, and it is a range of


young people. We have a number of different projects which try to


support young people. One project we work with young people on is one


where they are interested in starting their own business.


Budding entrepreneurs, they have ideas, they want to talk to people


who can champion those ideas. They need support in formulating those


ideas. And then we work with more vulnerable young people. People who


may be at risk of criminality, or have acquired a criminal record of


some kind. They are keen to get their lives back in order. And how


were they doing? For everybody, for all of the young people, especially


the ones we saw in the report, it is very difficult. The issue is to


do with aspiration and hope. A lot of the young people we work with


are moving from job to job, or have a number of different jobs at the


same time. But they are still trying to make that work for them.


Is easy to keep hopeful and stay aspirational when you get knocked


back? It is really hard. I met someone the other day he had sent


out their CD 50 times and heard nothing, had not heard back from


any one in terms of feedback. How do you stay positive? How do you


keep going? Do you have a brief answer for that? It is something


you need to look at what the whole of Birmingham. It is a useful city,


we need to attend to our young people. Though those that have


achieved and those who have less going for them, and are likely to


fall out of what is happening at the moment. For they should be a


place for everybody. A man with a cold, and a women who


wanted her washing brought in. Believe it or not, those are two of


the emergency calls made to West Midlands Ambulance Service. They


say the number of people dialling is on the increase. Only 10 % of


the 999 calls are genuine life- threatening emergencies. They are


backing a campaign to encourage people to think more carefully


before they pick up its own. This report contains flashing images


from the start. It is lunchtime, and paramedic


James Dineen is on his way to end 999 call in Birmingham. At two


year-old boy is choking and has turned blue.


Thankfully, by the time he arrives the child is recovering. He is sent


to the Children's Hospital to be checked. This was a genuine


emergency, but many 999 calls are not the real thing. The paramedics


and crews are deployed by Ambulance Service call centre staff in


Brierley Hill and Stafford. They are under increasing pressure. The


number of calls is growing. Between them, the two call centres answer


2,500 emergency calls per day. just 10 % of those calls are a


genuine life-threatening emergencies. We do have people who


are having strokes, we also get patients that call who Maze benefit


from another service. Such as the women wanting them to resuscitate a


dead pigeon. Another rang to get a light bulb changed. Others have run


with colds and minor injuries. Does it get frustrating for you, if


someone rings and clearly they do not need an ambulance? There is a


little sense of frustration there. However, we understand that it is


easy to call 999 sometimes, and get some help. Another real emergency.


James has been called to help an ambulance crew with a man suffering


from an angina attack. The paramedic companies into hospital.


The Ambulance Service now want to educate the public at large about


when to dial 999. At visit to be cheap he or pharmacy might be more


appropriate. Of course, you could always change your own light bulb!


Joining us now it is West may mint -- Matt Ward. You call handler was


diplomatic. How big a problem is that? It is a big problem for us.


As you have said, we have around 10 % of our cases that are life-


threatening emergencies that need an immediate response. The


statistics show that eight of those other cases -- 85 % of patients


need some sort of health care, but it does not necessarily need to be


provided by us all stop what is going on? Is it confusion about


whether we should go, there are too many places to go? Yes, obviously


we will provide advice on which services to access. However, it is


more or appropriate to go on the Internet or access NHS Direct and


get advice about which health care you need. What we are asking people


to do is think about which service they need, and not just call 999.


Maybe in a situation now where people are worried about doing the


right thing, and they say, get an ambulance - it will cover


everything? Yes. I think, where first date is needed, obviously


there are a lot of cases where an ambulance crew will need to come.


But the public can get advice from other services. And the ambulance


services for medical emergencies. We would not deter people from


calling 999 for emergencies. But what we are asking them to do is


when they have minor injuries or illness, that they consider other


services, such as their GP walk-in centre or a minor injuries unit.


Thank you very much. There is a bit of arrive brewing.


Developers behind a �350 billion shopping centre are being asked to


rethink its name. Realis Estates wants to call their new development


"City Sentral", spelt with an S. But shoppers had branded it


ridiculous, traders say it is uninspiring and marketing experts


have described it as dated and meaningless. Here is Liz Copper a.


Is is Hanley bus station. There are plans to transform it. The vision


is for a �350 million shopping centre, creating hundreds of jobs.


The developers have announced they are naming it "City Sentral".


Shoppers are not convinced. I think it is stupid. It almost makes us


look illiterate. That -- like we cannot spell properly. I do not


like it. It does not say anything. Know. It is pathetic. We live in


Stoke-on-Trent, and we want shopping centre with a C, not an S


we are not illiterate. We were talking about it last night. And we


said we thought it was stupid. Those views have been echoed by


traders. This woman runs businesses in the city centre. She is not


impressed. It does not describe anything to do with the area,


nothing to do with the culture. I do not know where the name comes


from. And I do not think it will do us any favours. It is not the first


time the plans have courted controversy. Last year, promotional


pictures had to be withdrawn. Images of celebrities including


Billie Piper and Gwyneth Paltrow apparently shopping in Hanley had


been used. The company behind the scheme has said the name has the


endorsement of its partners, Stoke- on-Trent City Council. No one from


the council was available to be interviewed. They said it was a


matter for the developers. When his boat to Realis Estates, they said


their spokesman was also unavailable. But although the


developers have been silent, some marketing experts have voiced


misgivings. To come up with a word that does not exist in the


dictionary, too be quite honest, it is a bit of a ploy, at tactics. It


is not very respectful not to listen to the public, if they feel


passionately about it, which they clearly do. In spite of the


opposition, the developers say this is an exciting regeneration scheme,


and they are convinced the logo is You would never thought we would


have so much reaction to that story. We have. No comment from the


developers but plenty from you. Linda says, how dare they tried to


foist such a stupid name. We do not want the world to think we are


illiterate. It makes my blood boil. From Stacy Foster, I think the new


shopping centre will be a hit, she says. James Butler wonders, why not


go the whole hog and call it City Sentral? Another says, it is


deliberately whimsical rather than farcical. One more says, stupid


idea. There must be lots of appropriate names to consider City


Sentral is a joke. A motorcyclist killed at the


weekend was serving West Midlands police officer. Ramin Toulouie he


was 40 and from Sutton Coldfield was on his way home from work when


his bike crashed with a car. 825 year-old man was arrested on


suspicion of causing death by careless driving.


Birmingham Chamber of Commerce has begun a campaign to add Birmingham


to the name of one of the city's main sporting venues. It wants


Edgbaston cricket ground to include the city's name in its title. The


chamber says it is holding talks with Warwickshire County Cricket


Club about the proposal. It was a lunchtime that pupils will


never forget. Pop-star Jessie J opening venue recording studios and


talking to them about life in showbusiness. She surprised


students at the region's first Academy School for the Performing


Arts and offered the chance of a lifetime. Our report contains flash


photography. Chart-topping Jessie J making a


surprise visit to Birmingham's newly opened answer to London's


The singer is a Brit School graduate herself. Do not expect


opportunity to find you. Do not make it easy. You have to go and


find it. She was at Birmingham Ormiston Academy to encourage


students he just started studying the performing arts. Would you be


here today if he had not gone to Brit School? No. The school taught


me to be independent and who I wanted to be. And where I shed a if


I wanted to wear eyeshadow. I had to get six trains back and forth. I


had to grow up. Am unsure job moment - two 16-year-old students


invited onstage by Jessie J herself to sing. And on the strength of


their performances, Jessie J also asked them to sing at her concert


at the O2 Academy tonight. I am a big fan of Jessie J. It is


incredible to get this opportunity. I have a lot of respect for what


she stands for. She was in our place when she was our age.


Academy has cost �25 million but it is not just budding musicians and


singers like Jessie J that are hoping to nurture here. The academy


which has created 100 jobs also houses two theatres, a drama studio


and a TV studio. All very glamourous but will there be a


career at the end? It is tough but it is not all about performing.


This industry is a very technical industry, so on one level we had


the dancers and musicians and actors, but the digital technology


is equally as important to us. Before she left, Jessie J opened a


music studio. Who knows, perhaps a hit of the future will be recorded


here. Very impressive. The concert were


people were queuing. Still to come: illustrator Quentin


Blake on how his work is writing up life for hospital patients.


And if it is not the winds and rain they get to it is the frost.


Gardeners watch out. The temperatures are plummeting.


Despite those rather chilly temperatures, Birmingham City fans


slept outside the grounds to snap up the final tickets for their Euro


the game in Bruges. More than 5,000 fans now have tickets and many more


are expected to travel to Belgium. Police urged them to improve the


image of English fans in Belgium after the trouble that marred Euro


2000. Tired and weary - you bed. Cold


also. Some of these fans had stepped out last night to get the


hands of the last 400 tickets at Birmingham City's European game.


Those days match against FC Brugge. Got the old sleeping bag. Not too


bad. Just a bit cold. But worth it. Very cold. 20 cups of coffee later,


still here. Is it worth it? Yes, of course. Brilliant atmosphere.


fans are not the only one struggling in numbers. The club is


sending 50 stewards and there will be a delegation from West Midlands


Police. There was no suggestion that fans are going to cause


trouble such as that seen in Euro 2000 but West Midlands Police have


reminded the Blues fans that the Belgian police have not dealt with


her large visit of English and sense and will act quickly if there


is any sign of a repeat. They have urged fans to continue the good


behaviour cent in Europe so far. They have also reminded fans to


carry their passports at all times. You can be arrested without one.


The reasons for fans travelling in such numbers - Bruges is beautiful,


it is not far away and it is famous for it is big. Do not panic if you


cannot make it. You could do worse than go to the anchor here. You can


order a pint of BarBar Bok and it will help you catch that European


bar. There has been a real buzz around Birmingham, especially in


the pub. They have been here drinking the beer. This is what the


fans hope to see more of. Birmingham City have enjoyed their


European adventure so far. Thursday night looks like the biggest one


yet. If you are not of to Bruges, there


will be full coverage on BBC WM. If you drink that beer, you will be


asleep and miss it! The Olympic torch has been in Birmingham. It is


on a nationwide tour to find people with inspirational stories to come


forward to carry the Olympic flame in 2012. It was hosted by students


from Birmingham City University who will be taking part in a Student


Olympics next year. I would be happy to carry the torch. It would


mean every body, even though I will not win a medal in the Games, we


will be taking part in the sport. It would be a great moment. The


famous children's illustrator of the Roald Dahl books is holding an


exhibition of his work for hospitals. It is testing the theory


that art can have a therapeutic effect on patients.


His distinctive style beeps from the balls of Compton Verney in


Warwickshire. Quentin Blake has chosen the location to exhibit work


commissioned by hospitals in the UK and abroad. A far cry from his


children's book illustrations. of the pictures are not mere two


children's book illustrations. Others are enlarged versions. They


are to be seen from a greater distance, works in pub expenses.


The therapeutic effect of Arts on patients is a theory put to many a


GHS trusts. Local artists are often commission to display their works.


It has been very valuable for patience. We get a lot of positive


feedback that the pictures and sculpture actually allow patients


to feel not only that they are cared for but there is something in


them that the patient can empathise with. Does this concept ring true


with Quentin Blake? It is something you can do in your mind that you


cannot do all are prevented from doing. It gives you a kind of


mental outing, as it were. Public art is also at the heart of this


exhibition. Despite cuts to arts budgets, it is something Quentin


believes in. None of the pictures here are all regionals. They look


as though they are but they are actually printed. Digitally printed.


The cost of one original, you get 10 of these. In a sense, in a time


of financial constriction, this is a good way of doing it. Although


this exhibition concentrates on hospital commissions, there is an


added treat. Quentin Blake's children's illustrations have not


been ignored. This family room provides an interactive space and


also a display of some of his most famous role dull sketches. As large


as life runs until December giving the Midlands and beyond a taste of


some of the nation's best-loved illustrators.


I love Quentin Blake's pictures. If you love them, we have put more of


you love them, we have put more of his work on our Facebook page. And


now the weather. It certainly is a chilly. Lots of


sunshine today but there is a cold snap to contend with. Gardeners


watch out. It is all courtesy of high pressure which will clear


skies and lead to plummeting temperatures. For the Blues fans,


heading down to Belgium for the match against Bruges on Thursday,


wrap up warm because what ever we are getting they will get also. It


will be cold but dry and sunny. This is what we had earlier. A


spiral of cloud around but we are neatly tucked in between with clear


skies. It will be dry tonight and fairly cold. A few showers to the


north. With temperatures falling to five or six Celsius, quite chilly.


A bit of a chilly start tomorrow. Some sunshine to start with but


these showers come down to the south. Well scuttled so there is a


good proportion of dry weather in between. Temperatures of 9 and ten


Celsius. It will not be quite add breezy tomorrow and those winds


will become lighter through tomorrow night. That is what will


give us the frost. Temperatures give us the frost. Temperatures


plummeting to near freezing. A look at tonight's main headlines.


The cost of living soars as inflation jumps to 5.2 % helped by


a sharp rise in gas and electricity prices.


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