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

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The headlines tonight: Higher death rates than expected at

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seven hospitals in the region, says a new report. We believe that this

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is not an unsafe hospital that does not have a worse-than-average

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mortality ratio. Hundreds line the streets of

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Lichfield to welcome the Mercians home from Afghanistan. It really

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does mean a lot to the soldiers to know their efforts are really

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appreciated. And tributes from former team mates

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to the Wales football manager Gary Speed, who died at the weekend.

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It's horrible to think of the lives he's been a big part of and he's

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not going to be there for them any Good evening and welcome to the

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start of the week here on Midlands Today, from the BBC. Tonight, seven

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hospitals across the region have higher death rates than expected,

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according to a new report. The figures from the health research

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group Dr Foster compare health care nationwide. No hospitals in the

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region feature amongst the top performers. Near the bottom is

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Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, where there were 112 deaths

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for every 100 expected. After surgery, that rose to 146 patient

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deaths. University Hospital North Staffordshire was even worse. There,

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116 patients died for every 100 expected. And after surgery it, too,

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had 146 deaths for every 100 expected. Our health correspondent,

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Michele Paduano, reports. The family of Wellesley Lewis can

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never forgive New Cross Hospital. The 76-year-old was admitted on

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Christmas Eve nearly three years ago with a suspected aortic

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aneurysm but it was dismissed as back pain. When the aneurysm burst,

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a lack of staff meant he never made it to the operating theatre. His

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wife never got to share with him her MBE for charity work.

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received a very poor treatment. No treatment at all. As for myself, I

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wasn't even taken into consideration as a family, a wife,

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that something serious like this was happening and I couldn't even

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say goodbye. New Cross Hospital's ability to operate on abdominal

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aortic aneurysms is questioned in the latest Dr Foster report. The

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hospital's high death rate is greatest among the elderly and at

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weekends, when fewer staff are available. The plans we have got to

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increase clinical staff across the organisation, to make sure services

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are delivering a cross seven days as much as the five of the working

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week, we will be looking to make sure all patients are managed in

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the way we expect them to be. hospital's chief executive, David

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Loughton, has described his Accident & Emergency buildings as

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not fit for purpose. A new one is in the pipeline. But from Thursday,

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any patients that present in Stafford overnight will either come

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here or go to Stoke-on-Trent. University Hospital North

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Staffordshire was highlighted as a poor performer in three categories,

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with more deaths than expected among low-risk patients and

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following surgery. We believe this is not an unsafe hospital, that

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does not have a worse than average mortality ratio. I would stress

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already, this year the ratio was better than average and we expect

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it to continue to do so. Stafford Hospital performed well this time.

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It has already transferred some of its high-risk patients, and is

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about to close Accident & Emergency overnight for safety reasons.

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Hospital pressure group Cure the NHS believe in co-operation with

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other centres but is now concerned. We want reassurances from them,

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from the NHS and Wolverhampton, that they will be able to take

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those cases from Stafford and look after them safely and appropriately.

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There is a question over that at the moment. Although West Midlands

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hospitals perform badly nationally, the hospital death rate has fallen

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20% over the past ten years. Let's talk now to Roger Taylor,

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who's the Director of Research for the organisation which wrote this

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report. A good evening to you. Thank you for talking to us. Some

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shocking statistics coming out, such as one hospital having higher

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death at the weekends because there are not enough staff. Were you

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shocked? In a way, they didn't, because people have suspected for a

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long time this is the case and it has been discussed in previous

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reports and policy documents, which suggested that lack of doctors'

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out-of-hours may be a problem and a cause of higher than necessary

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death-rate. What is surprising is that it has taken us so long to

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establish this. We collected the data from hospitals about the

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number of doctors present in a hospital at night and at weekends,

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and what we found his exactly what people have suspected for a long

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time but not known. It makes a difference. If you have more senior

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doctors in the hospital at weekends, it makes a difference. Why are

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there not enough, then? No hospital is going to be able to provide

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every possible service 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the

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most experienced consultants. that down to money? Yes. But what

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we have to do is be honest about what hospitals can do really well

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and where they might need help or to work with other hospitals to

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make sure they are covering patients all day, every day. So

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there his work to do in terms of how we organise care services.

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There is a lot that parts of the country, particularly the Midlands,

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might be able to learn from other parts of the country. We have seen

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in London a very successful reorganisation of stroke services,

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where, instead of having 24 hospitals all trying to treat

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strokes and some doing it well and others poorly, now we have just

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eight hospitals which are the specialist stroke hospitals, and

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the other hospitals make sure the patients get to the places where

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the kit is available and doctors can diagnose them. Thank you for

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making those points. Coming up later tonight, promising

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a better start in life for the poorest children. A new scheme on

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trial in Birmingham. Hundreds of well-wishers lined the

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streets of Lichfield to welcome back soldiers from the Mercian

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Regiment from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 3rd Battalion, The

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Staffords returned to their base last month. Their homecoming has

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been tinged with sadness following the loss of Private Gareth

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Bellingham, from Stoke-on-Trent, the only member of the battalion

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killed on this tour of duty. Here's our Staffordshire reporter, Liz

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Copper. A salute for The Staffords. These

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parades are proud occasions. I've got a little daughter here to see

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me today. I have been away for much of her life so it will be good to

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see her and my family who have supported me through the tour.

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are happy but you want to shed a tear because you see the crowds and

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they have turned out, not because they know who you are but because

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they are proud of what you have done. It is great to be home in one

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plays. This is one of seven home- coming marches across Staffordshire

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and the Black Country this week. These soldiers are now based in

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Germany, so these parades are a chance to maintain the strong links

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with the towns and cities where the regiments still recruits. Following

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the parade, there was reflection on the battalion's achievements during

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its tour of duty in Afghanistan. Inside Lichfield Cathedral, a

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service of thanksgiving and remembrance. Let us remember before

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God those who have died for their country in conflict. Private Gareth

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Bellingham, Mercian Regiment, and Private Matthew Hazel Gowland.

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is the highest accolade I could ever give him. To be proud of what

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he did. And have pride for all the rest of the regiment that went out

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there as well. They are doing a And with the laying of a wreath,

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tributes to the Mercians' valour. As you all go, first to Tamworth,

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Burton and Walsall, and then back to a cold north German winter, you

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go with our thanks and you take back with you our enormous pride in

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what you have done. This was a service of very public recognition

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for the servicemen and women who've risked their lives for their

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Businesses in Birmingham and the Black Country which were targeted

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during the summer riots have welcomed calls to overhaul the

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compensation process. An independent panel is recommending

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that century-old laws are reformed to speed up payouts from a Home

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Office fund. The Wolverhampton Jeweller EV Beckett was trashed in

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August and the owners are still waiting for �8,000 in damages.

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need to get on with our business. So far, it is not too bad. But

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after Christmas we do not know what will happen. We have had three a

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month before we started working again so we could do with some

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compensation to help us along. Unions are accusing Birmingham City

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Council of trying to sabotage a march through the city during

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Wednesday's Day of Action. They claim they're suddenly being told

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they'll be billed for thousands of pounds if the march goes ahead. We

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can go live to our political reporter, Susana Mendonca. What's

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this all about? Birmingham City Council has told the TUC that if it

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wants to march through the city centre, it will have to pay �8,000.

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They did say they could have taken a cheaper option and reed at �5,000,

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but the TUC is incensed at this. They say it is significantly more

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than they have paid in the past. Previously, it was in the region of

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�200. The council says that if it lets the TUC off, other groups

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would want to march off Reeve. There will be thousands of people

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in these marches taking place was that the councils will be making

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hundreds of thousands of pounds from the wages we do not claim on

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the day, so it is a bit rich for them to make us pay twice for

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democracy in Britain. What happens if they turn up anyway?

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understand that thousands of people will turn up and it all the unions

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are saying their members are going to Lionel st 4 11:30am. We could be

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up -- we could end up with a situation where, without or with

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permission, members do March. At the inquiry into the Stafford

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Hospital scandal, there's been fierce criticism of the Care

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Quality Commission, the watchdog body set up to spot failing

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hospitals. A board member-turned- whistleblower said the commission

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lacked a coherent strategy and that robust debate and discussion was

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discouraged. The people at the top, she claimed, were overly concerned

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with their reputations and their jobs. Giles Latcham was at the

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hearing. Strong stuff today, Giles? It was. The inquiry was all but

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over. They were into their closing statements when they were contacted

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by two extra witnesses. So this session was organised today to hear

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from two people at the Care Quality Commission, both under degrees of

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pressure but both determined to share their concerns about the

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commission and to become, in effect, whistleblowers.

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Amanda Pollard on the left and Kay Sheldon on the right, ready to go

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public with their concerns about the Care Quality Commission. Ready

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to testify at the inquiry into the scandal of Stafford Hospital, where

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hundreds died needless deaths over a four-year period because of

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appalling standards of care. Kay Sheldon is a non-executive board

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member of the commission but she said board members were never asked

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to vote on issues before them. She said members were not really able

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to challenge anything that's fundamental. She also criticised

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the commission's chief executive, Cynthia Bower, and its chairman,

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for devising a strategy led by reputation management and personal

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survival. Kay Sheldon said to challenge decisions was to be seen

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as disloyal. People were afraid to put their heads above the parapet,

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she said. The evidence is important because it goes to the heart of the

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culture of the organisation charged with preventing another scandal

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like Stafford. A little chink is starting to knock it into the NHS,

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so we can start to repair the culture, where we stopped to put

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the front I'm back in control, and those at the very top who need to

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be down at the bottom are starting In her evidence, Amanda Pollard, an

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Inspector for the Commission spoke of an organisation with "no clear

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inspirational leadership" where decisions were taken "shooting from

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the hip" and staff "weren't listened to". A year after this

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inquiry began, it is finally nearing its conclusion.

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So a day of sudden drama, some emotion, at one point, K Sheldon

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recalled how her own mental health have been called into question by a

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senior figure at the care quality commission. I should say that that

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statement put out tonight includes comments from three of her fellow

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directors, who say they do not support her evidence, and they

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think the commission's leadership has been positive. The report

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should be part -- published next March.

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Cuts to rural bus services are being directly blamed for job

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losses. One woman who lives in a Warwickshire village says she's

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been forced to quit her job. Tina Mitten used to catch the bus from

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Baddesley Ensor near Nuneaton to take her to work at Birmingham

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Airport. But that route's been scrapped and she says other public

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transport is too expensive. Tina gave up her job in July and she's

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still unemployed. I want to work. I loved the job I was doing at the

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airport, and that has all gone. The practicality of it is, I have a

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mortgage to pay. And how do I pay the mortgage?

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And there's more on that in Inside Lots more ahead, including the

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teenage talent making big inroads into the highly traditional world

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of folk music. And a timely reminder this week,

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with December around the corner, A revolutionary way of giving the

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poorest children a better start in life is being tested out in

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Birmingham and could be rolled out across 400 schools in the UK.

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Families and Schools Together - or FAST for short - aims to forge

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closer bonds between parents, teachers and children. Sarah

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Falkland's been finding out. It sounds like the kind of fun you

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get at summer camp in America. But this is Saltley, one of

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Birmingham's most deprived areas. And families here at Adderly's

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children's centre are taking part in a very British programme that's

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enjoying remarkable success. One of the biggest factors in how well a

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child does at school is how engaged their parents are. So we know that

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relationships within families are important and it really helps when

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parents are confident and comfortable coming into the school

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and talking to teachers. It works by forging close bonds - every week

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starts with one family bringing in a home-cooked meal for everyone,

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then there's a series of planned activities. Every week, that

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parents and children to do around and do a scrabble session, they get

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an identical piece of white paper, and they have to create something,

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it is all very psychological. At the end, the parents ask the

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children what they have done, and why. Yours is looking beautiful. 84

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cent of teachers in America who took part in the FAST programme

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with 10,000 children, reported improvements in their academic

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performance. Save The Children are now funding programmes at 400 UK

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schools. Parents start connecting with each other, they start

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recognising, speaking to us in a more social occasion, and it starts

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to deepen as the weeks go by. It becomes easier to talk about the

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issues, if you need any support. this day and age, because everyone

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is busy, not many people have the chance to take five minutes out and

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talk. These programme that really helps gel parents together. It is

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good, I spend more time to spend with my daughter, get to know the

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teachers better. And also to meet other parents, it is really good.

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The eight-week programme here is nearly at an end. Families are

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encouraged to do follows ups for another two years. All in hope that

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ultimately their children will get a better grades and a better start

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in life. Time for the sport now.

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Footballers right across the region have been paying tribute to Gary

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Speed, the manager of Wales who was found dead at home yesterday

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morning. The Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish said his blood ran

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cold when he heard the devastating news. And Dave Edwards of Wolves

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told me he was deeply shocked to lose his role model.

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Dave Edwards still can't quite take it in. On Saturday lunchtime,

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before Wolves' game at Chelsea, he'd watched Gary Speed on Football

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Focus. Then 24 hours later, his brother rang to ask if he'd heard

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the tragic news. His role model, mentor, and manager of Wales had

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been found dead at the age of 42. It is much more than football, this

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issue, and I think as a person, a husband and father, it is horrible

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to think of the lives he has been a big part of, and he is not going to

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be there anymore. Dave Edwards loves playing for Wales. The

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Shropshire lad has already won 23 caps. And was hoping to play a key

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role in helping Gary Speed reach the next World Cup finals. He had

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such a great passion for the World Cup in Brazil, it is all he talked

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about in our team meetings, that was the place we were going to be

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heading. Yesterday, Edwards was in shock as he watched the moving

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tribute to Gary Speed at Swansea. Everyone in the ground was visibly

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moved, and none more so than Shay Given, the Aston Villa goalkeeper,

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who'd been one of Speed's best mates from their days at Newcastle

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United. He was extremely upset, he had some problem with the tears in

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his eyes at the beginning of the game, with the minutes' silence

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that turned into applause. James Collins and Germaine Jenas were

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affected. These guys were very upset. It was devastating news for

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the whole of football, and certainly for Gary Speed's family.

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Everyone who has played him or, Cross Inn knows how good a guy he

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is, and you have to play the match, but everyone thinks of his family

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and children. This evening, Dave Edwards is one of many who'll need

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time to reflect on their own personal memories of Gary Speed. He

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seemed the perfect role model of a footballer, it is just sheer

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disbelief in the game. Very subdued mood at the Wolds training ground,

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sadness in the face of Dave Jones. We have done a full interview with

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him on how Facebook page. It has also been a sad day for some of his

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team-mates. Two key members of the Wales squad under Gary Speed, and

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also, James Collins. Perhaps this reaction from a Jenas, summing up

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the mood. On Twitter, he said, hard to play football today. He was the

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best professional I have ever played with. I'm devastated, my

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thoughts are with his family. Scans have revealed that Zoltan

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Gera suffered a serious knee injury during Saturday's home game with

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Tottenham. He'll have further tests this week. Stoke City warned --

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warmed up for the Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev by

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beating Blackburn 3-1. Coventry City's miserable run in the

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Championship continued on Saturday. Their 2-1 defeat was their eighth

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without a win. But the one plus point was a goal for midfielder

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Gary Gardner on his debut. He was signed on a month's loan from Aston

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Villa on Thursday and headed his first goal after just nine minutes.

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Nikola Zigic scored a late equaliser for Birmingham City who

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drew 2-2 at Blackpool to edge closer to the play-offs. And

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Cheltenham Town remain third in League Two. They beat Oxford 3-1,

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their seventh straight away win. And you can see all the goals from

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your team in the football league on the BBC Sport website. If you fancy

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watching some of the Olympic football tournament next summer,

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the tickets go on sale from 11am tomorrow. Thank you.

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Now, folk music to me brings to mind Arran sweaters, beards and

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sandals and perhaps a hand cupped around one ear. I am not

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stereotyping at all! But a teenager from the Black Country is hoping to

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change all that. 18-year-old Sunjay Brayne is one of

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four artists nominated for the highly-regarded BBC Radio 2 Young

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Folk Award. Ben Sidwell's been to He may only be 18, but Sunjay

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Brayne is already causing quite a stir in the book world. The

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teenager is the only English artist at to make the final of BBC Radio

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2's young folk award. It is fantastic, I cannot really describe

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in words. But it is... It is great to get the recognition, you know.

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Blues and folk roots may not be the sort of music most teenagers are

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into. But Sunjay's in gritters have all come from listening to his dad.

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When I was younger, I wanted to emulate him, he played guitar every

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night, and I wanted to be like dad, I want a guitar. So he got me a

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guitar for Christmas and I started playing. He toured the what he knew,

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which was rock'n'roll, and I moved on to blues and folk. A Sunjay is

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just a two monster in a AIT course at -- it into a course about the

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music business. The course has been set up for people like Sunjay, who

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are ready to go out into the industry. He has a good following

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already. Among the prizes for the winner is a session on BBC Radio 2

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as well as a chance to perform at three of the major folk festivals

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in the country next year. But possibly more important for Sunjay,

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it is a chance to increase his profile and kick-start his career.

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Sunjay will find that if he has won in February. -- will find out.

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No sandals, knows what! I was role. A pattern unfolding involving winds

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and rain, and a drop in temperatures. It has all been

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driven on by a series of low pressures, you will notice

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initially, the winds are being sucked in from the south-west. It

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will get cold as the week goes on. We will see the initial stages of

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this change taking place tonight, where things turn a bit wet and

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windy up. -- windier. As the rain moves across to the east later on,

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it will become patchier. A dry end to the night, mostly, but we have a

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lot of cloud. If anything, the temperatures are not dropping at

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all, they are the same as today's values. Through the night, they may

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gradually start to lift. By the morning tomorrow, a fairly mild

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start the day, but windy, and then we get the next band of rain coming

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through from the West. This one will be a bit heavy and last much

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of the day. Quite a windy day tomorrow, with gusts of around 45

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mph. The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for speeds around 55

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miles per hour for the north-west of the region. It will be much

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clearer the evening, with some showers to follow, a bit colder,

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but enough of a breeze to prevent a A look at tonight's main headlines:

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A multi-billion pound plan to get Britain's economy moving - but

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there are questions over where the money is going to come from.

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And seven hospitals across the region are found to have higher

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than expected death rates and poorer emergency care at weekends.

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Finally, just time to tell you about a report coming up here in

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half an hour on Inside Out. Our Environment Correspondent David

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Gregory has spent the past year filming native red kites and

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following the battle of a Shropshire man trying to encourage

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