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transformation of the NHS in England. That


Today welcome to Midlands today. The headlines...


They did not die in thing, the words of the Health Secretary on those who


lost their lives at Mid Staffs hospital. The terrible tragedy has


led to the most fundamental changes in NHS culture in 65 years.


Jeremy Hunt also said the NHS had listened and learned after the


scandal at Stafford. Also tonight, a further ?20 million


worth of savings to make by Stoke city council, but where will they


make the cuts? It is a bit cold, but when you are


enjoying yourself you seem to forget about it and have a great time.


How 100`year`old documents about life on the home front in the First


World War are being brought to life by modern technology.


And if you think it's cold now, wait until tonight when temperatures


reach new depths. But to find out what that will mean


both for tonight and tomorrow, keep watching.


Good evening. The Health Secretary admitted today that "cruelty had


become the norm" in the NHS at the time of the Stafford Hospital


scandal. It is six years since Julie Bailey started the Cure the NHS


campaign following the death of her mother in the town's hospital. In


March 2009, the health care Commission found that at least 400


more patients died between 2005 and 2008 than would normally have been


expected. In February, the Francis report made 290 recommendations to


change the culture within the NHS. Today, the government has introduced


a series of measures which, it says, should prevent another Stafford from


ever happening again. Joanne Writtle reports.


Today, staff at the hospital that micro`Stafford Hospital is looking


forward. But the spotlight on it's past won't fade. Staff shortages


still forcing the closure of accident and emergency at night.


People marched to save a and e and other services like maternity. But


firm decisions over their future aren't expected until early next


year. One of the most chilling accounts in


the Francis Report came from Mid Staffs employees who considered the


care they saw to be normal. Cruelty became normal in our NHS, and no one


noticed. A raft of recommendations including


staff being encouraged to report problems, though with no legal


obligation to do so. Watching the Health Secretary react to the report


which came out of the Stafford Hospital scandal, Julie Bailey,


founder of Cure the NHS, and her supporters.


We have to rely on the culture changing within the NHS to ensure


that these recommendations are successful. Without that


legislation, we have to really keep our fingers crossed that we are not


here in a few years asking for another public inquiry for some of


the loved ones that have suffered. Elsewhere, founding members of


Support Stafford Hospital fighting for the hospital's future were also


watching. Let us hope the finances are there


to back this all up. Nurses come at a cost, but yes, I think it is very


encouraging. We have to see this report in more detail, this is just


the start. In Stafford, everyone has a view on


the town's hospital and the future of its acute services.


I have got no complaints about it, because of my family, they were


being treated wonderfully. Everyone has an opinion, they need to many


mistakes in my eyes. I cannot understand the thinking


behind taking something away that is so vital to a county town.


No one from Stafford Hospital would appear on Canberra, but the trust


was Michael Chief Executive issued a statement saying we know there is


always room for improvement but we are determined to remain focused on


providing compassionate at and safe care.


Behind closed doors, hospital business was going on as usual, as


politicians focused on the future of hospital care nationwide all because


of what happened here. A short time ago I spoke to the


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and asked him how could he guarantee


that another Stafford Hospital scandal wouldn't happen again.


Well, the best way to make sure that never happens again is to make sure


there is so much transparency that when a problem like this starts it


gets identified really quickly. We had a very tough year in the NHS,


but actually I think we can turn this into something positive,


because the changes I have announced today will turn the NHS into the


most transparent health care system in the world. Every hospital in the


country will be publishing nursing ratios by Ward and shift on a


monthly basis. The public will be able to see the proper staffing. We


believe that publishing staff numbers online will help improve


patient care? There are lots of different issues


and we have to crack everyone of them, but the way to do it is to


sure that if there is a problem we as the public find out really


quickly. What happened with Mid Staffs was


these problems went on between 2005 and 2009 and nothing was done about


them. Just talking about nursing numbers, it is sent by the Royal


College nursing that there are 20,000 vacancies to be filled, how


will you get more nurses? We recruited an extra 1300 nurses


this year, but as a result in the big change of mood in the NHS this


year, hospitals know to recruit 4000 more nurses than they did one year


ago. It will be different in different


bands of the country but we will be looking to help everyone find the


nurses they need. How do you recruit nurses to hospital such as


Stafford, that is now has such a damaged reputation two it is


interesting, `` such a damaged reputation?


We have discovered that hospitals in special measures are facing


challenging circumstances, if staff feel things are being sorted out my


morale goes up. I spoke to representatives that


George Eliot, another hospital near you in special measures, and since


that there has been a moral interests `` increase because people


feel the problems are being addressed. You have said that the


NHS has listened and learned, but sadly this has come too late for


hundreds of families in the Midlands, has it not?


It really has. There is nothing I can say today that will take away


the sadness of the losses they have faced. Only one thing I can say is


that they were not in vain, because the terrible trash and `` tragedy at


Mid Staffs has led to the most fundamental changes in NHS culture


in 65 years and everything we have been doing has been designed to


ensure that those changes are built to last.


Coming up later in the programme... She lost her confidence when she


lost her hearing, but she's back and determined to make her mark in the


music business. Stoke on Trent City Council's


announced plans to save a further ?20 million from its budget for next


year. It will mean jobs are lost and some fees and charges will increase.


It is predicting it will have to find ?100 million of savings over


the next four years. Our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper,


is outside their offices now. Liz, what details have the council given


about these cuts? Well, all of the details are


contained in this large, hefty document that was handed to


councillors and journalist earlier today. It goes through point by


point how the council plans to save this sum of ?20 million. There were


some job losses, around 150 jobs will go, and around 80 of those


posts are currently vacant. Some things will increase, so charges,


for example car parking, they are expected to go up by 3.8% over the


city in the next year or so. Also cremation fees will go up by ?35.


Some things will be reduced, for example grass cutting on the


council's grass verges, will be scaled back. They will also be


changes, for example, to library services in some parts of the city.


In addition, the council currently has plans to sell off some of its


buildings and thinks there will be more savings once those buildings


are disposed of. As for council tax, the council says it will be freezing


council tax next year. Has there been any reaction so far?


As you can imagine with a hefty document like this, people are now


going through it in detail and die jesting what it means.


The Labour city council meeting `` and digester what it means, the


Labour city council leader says the cuts are sustainable. The opposition


parties say they want more clarity on the detail of what these plans


actually mean. Voters will have the chance to have their say at the


public consultation starting tomorrow running until Christmas.


Export growth in the West Midlands is amongst the highest anywhere in


the country. The value of overseas exports from this region has risen


by 30% over the past two years, and was worth more than ?6.5 billion to


the regional economy in the last quarter. Earlier this year, China


overtook the United States as our biggest export market. More and more


companies are now heading down the export route, as our business


correspondent, Peter Plisner, has been finding out.


Knit one, purl one, export one. Well, more than one, actually.


Exports at this small Malvern`based knitwear specialist are booming.


With the recession affecting domestic sales, developing new


exports markets has been crucial. Having gone into the Japanese


market, I have found that market to be growing, and growing well. It has


completely changed the way my business could have been if I had


just stayed with the UK market. They have been marketing my label


with flyers... And Nicky's keen to find more


countries to snap up her knitwear. So where better to find them than at


this recent event offering speed`dating for exporters?


It is an opportunity for companies to come and what the world. They can


speak to 65 different countries and talk to them about what


opportunities may look like for their businesses in those countries.


One area that has attracted a lot of interest is Mongolia. Delegates have


been finding out about a variety of export opportunities in a country


that is seeing double`digit growth. Last year, the economy grew by more


than 12% there. What sort of opportunities are out


there for companies in the UK? Generally, mining. But this mining


sector supplies new opportunities for every other sector, such as


construction, infrastructure, as well as services.


Perhaps not a market for Nickies knitwear, but there are plenty of


others places that need to wrap up warm.


It is fantastic because you can come to one place, spend the day and get


lots of information and speak to the people from all the different


embassies that may be relevant to you.


With domestic sales still depressed, exports are vital in keeping


economic growth going and helping create more new jobs.


Campaigners have dismissed the idea that Birmingham could offer an


alternative to increased airport capacity in London and the South


East. The Let Britain Fly campaign was launched this morning and is


supported by politicans and leading businesses like Dixons, John Lewis


and KPMG. They say expansion is vital, but that regional airports


like Birmingham aren't the answer, even if the HS2 railway plans go


ahead. High two will bring more


connectivity, but it doesn't replace the need for a hub airport and


currently airlines go to the south`east, if they cannot get there


they go to other European destinations or outside Europe.


The Greater Birmingham area is to receive ?4 million in government


funding to help young people get into work and training. More than


14,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 are unemployed in the area


covered by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise


Partnership. Some of the money will be spent on a new Apprenticeship


Training Agency. A government inquiry got under way


today into controversial plans for a waste incinerator in


Gloucestershire. The County Council refused permission for the ?500


million project at Haresfield just south of Gloucester due to its


visual impact. But the company behind the proposals appealed, and a


final decision is now due next summer.


A deaf actress, dancer and now singersongwriter from the Black


Country says it's become her ambition to break into the music


industry. Rebecca Anne Withey worked on the BBC teenage drama Grange


Hill. When she lost most of her hearing, she says, she also lost her


confidence. But now she's determined to make her musical mark, as our


Arts Reporter, Satnam Rana, has been finding out. Rebecca Anne Withey


from Walsall is severely deaf. She lost most of her hearing by the time


she was 18. But she uses her memories of music to write songs


now. See You In The Sky, filmed here at


Elvaston Castle in Derby, is the first song she has recorded with


composer Stephen who's also deaf and works for charity Music and the


Deaf. There is definately a stereotype


that people believe if you are deaf you can't hear anything and you


never have and you never will. That's not the case, especially with


the technology and the equipment we have now. I'd like to think this


project is demonstrating that actually deaf people can be very


talented in the music field. One in seven people have hearing


difficulties in the UK. In Birmingham, Bid Services connect


many of them with the arts here at the Deaf Cultural Centre.


What do they think about Rebecca's venture? That is a fantastic


achievement for Rebecca and it is so important the deaf communities are


aware that Rebecca has created her own song in that way and it means


the deaf community hopefully will become inspired to make their own


songs, as well. This is just the start for Rebecca.


She wants to become the first deaf artsist in the UK to be signed up by


a label. Our top story tonight...


They did not die in vain, the words of the Health Secretary on the


hundreds of patients who lost their lives at Stafford Hospital. We have


a detailed weather forecast to come shortly, also tonight...


How Aston Villa are a being encouraged to do diversify into


tennis and golf. And he was officially named a rock


legend last week, today he became a doctor.


Thousands of documents telling of life on the home front during World


War I are being preserved as part of a major Heritage project in


Herefordshire. Newspapers, letters and school logs, some of them too


fragile to be handled by the public, are among the material being made


available online so they can be saved for future generations.


Almost 100 years ago, teenagers not that Michael not much older than


these walked this impact. Then they were coming to work at a munitions


factory in Herefordshire. The site opened in 1915. It was mainly women


who worked here, the canary girls they were called because the


material used to make shells turned here yellow.


I don't think the appreciated quite how dangerous it was when they


started, and wouldn't add my two women were handling explosives


without masks to begin with. Then people started dying.


These youngsters from Hereford Academy are learning what went on


here as part of a First World War centenary budget.


I have not heard of it, but I have heard some rumours. It is really


interesting. We have learned that there was loads


of shelves here, and with one sparked the whole place would grow


up. I heard about it once in primary


school, it is very interesting coming here and amazing to learn


about what happened. Thousands of documents like


newspapers, diaries and letters from 1914`18 are being digitised.


There is less known about what the First World War meant for people in


Britain at that time, particularly in rural areas like Hereford, what


it meant for farming, for women, for the children.


Volunteers have the painstaking job of sifting through.


It is fascinating, especially looking at the old newspapers and


thinking this is how life was and finding out about the language used


then. A lot of this material shows the impact of the war was felt in


the most remote places. This is a school logbook from a


small village just outside this area. From March the 22nd, 1918,


Miss Simmons visited and asked scholars to collect sheep 's wool


for the making of soldiers' blankets.


The result of the project should be the most competitive story ever told


of Herefordshire in the First World War.


And now to sport, news of Aston Villa investing in other sports away


from football. Yes, it is all because of the


Olympics, really. It was hardly ideal weather for damning ice tennis


and golf but that did not stop Birmingham schoolchildren in joining


themselves today. `` it was hardly ideal weather for tennis and golf.


Dan Evans, a tennis player, playing tennis. Felicity Johnson, a golfer


playing golf. But aren't these two both


footballers? Not this afternoon ` they were braving the cold to get


children into sport. It has been a good afternoon. It is


freezing but it is nice to come down and see what the kids are doing and


get involved. It is one of the initiatives from


the Premier League to come down and help the kids out. See them having


fun, it is a bit cold, but when you are enjoying yourself you see them,


they forget about it and have a good time. This is Premier League for


sport. It is an Olympic legacy project with


extra funding from sport England. Tennis and golf are on the menu


today, but Aston Villa promote a total of eight sports, including


hockey, basketball and judo. Football clubs are often accused of


being detached from the community, but here within the shadow of Villa


Park, Aston Villa are getting involved.


These excellent youth facilities opened only last month. They are


helping golf and tennis shrug off the tag of being elitist.


There are quite a few people coming through who are not from that


so`called elitist background. They are from working`class backgrounds,


and that can only be good for the sport.


I think golf has that perception, but it is really not any more. A lot


of schools have golf as part of the EE programme from a very young age


until the least let 16. `` as part of the PE programme. The challenge


after London 2012 was to build on the success of the Olympics, and


today that legacy was very much alive.


Now for football itself. And a great win for Walsall in League One last


night. Manager Dean Smith says his side are


a match for any team in that division after beating thirdplaced


Peterborough 2nil last night. `` the beat third placed Peterborough 2`0.


Milan Lalkovic, who's on loan from Chelsea scored their first last


night at the Banks's Stadium. The second was another good goal.


Romaine Sawyers scored that one. And the Saddlers could have won by


more but Ashley Hemming's penalty was saved. But the result lifts


Walsall up to seventh and just a point outside the playoffs.


Excellent goals. Yes, and Wolves are top of the table


but they're involved in the FA Cup this evening. They're at home to


Oldham in a first round replay. It's live on BBC WM. The winners are at


home to Mansfield in round two. Now, to a remarkable little girl who's


reaching new heights in her sport. Ellie Harvey from Staffordshire is a


two times world champion in kick boxing and she's only eight! She's


been competing internationally for just a year, so she's now also a


contender for newcomer of the year at the West Midlands Community


Sports Awards. Laura May McMullan went to meet her.


A little girl with big ambitions. Dedicated Ellie Harvey trains five


nights a week at the Rugeley martial art centre in Staffordshire. At


eight years old, she is already a two times world champion.


It makes me a champion in my age category, and I feel really proud of


myself. I put in 100% and it is mostly hard work.


It clicked from the first time she tried, she fell in love with it. It


is just considered `` constant, you cannot talk to her without her


having her leg in the air. Despite her young age, she also


helps to coach the Ninja class. She is confident for her age, which


has developed massively over the short period of time she has been in


training. Almost from day one we got her a really big tournament to


compete in front of thousands of people and she was not fazed by it


at all. Kick boxing is a male dominated sport, but that does not


stop him three competing and winning against the boys.


Extract `` that does not stop Ellie. Extract remission from her brother,


three times champion, has helped. `` extra tuition. I do not go easy on


her, but I do not go any harder on her.


Ellie has a wealth of medals under her belt.


She will represent England and says in the future she wants to be at the


top of her sport. Don't argue with Ellie. The winner


of the Newcomer of the Year will be revealed at an awards ceremony in


Birmingham next month. One of the founding members of legendary


Birmingham rock band Black Sabbath has been awarded an honorary degree


today. Guitarist Tony Iommi received the honour from Coventry University


for services to the Arts. He stopped off this morning at the city's


cathedral and he's now on his way to rejoin the rest of the band who are


on tour in Finland. I got a letter from the University


and, yes, they were saying that because of the invention of heavy


metal and all of the years and things I have done, it was


brilliant. Great. I couldn't believe it. Straightaway from here we go to


the airport off to Helsinki. We rehearsed tonight, supposedly, then


do the show tomorrow and start the European tour.


I bet it will be called in Helsinki. It certainly is here!


Yes, even colder here than in Helsinki, would you believe? I will


put you on the spot tonight, because a little birdie told it is not just


Tony Iommi who has cause to celebrate, but also you.


Congratulations are in order because earlier today you received an


honorary degree from the University of Worcester. I believe we have a


photograph behind me. You are looking rather nice with Professor


David Green of the University. Very well done, thoroughly, thoroughly


deserved. Back to those temperatures from


Helsinki, they are down to three or five Celsius tonight, but put a


minus in front of that and you have the values for the Midlands. It is


much colder, largely down to the sunshine and clear skies during the


day. We will not see clear skies for long because we have an area of low


pressure coming from the north`west later tonight, bringing rain, cloud


and some strengthening winds. That will be out of the way by tomorrow,


but the high pressure will then take over, keeping things settled from


Thursday through the weekend. That translates into clear skies tonight


to start off with and now we will see a rapid drop in temperature down


to minus for Celsius in the countryside, leading to widespread


frost. `` four Celsius. Temperatures later will be to 23


Celsius. `` two to three Celsius. Rain later could be heaviest on the


highest grounds and could be producing a wintry element in sleet


or snow. That is more likely during tomorrow as the rain spreads


Southeast. It will be heaviest across the highest ground,


particularly in the north, then later in the day to the south


eastern corner, containing hailstones, sleet or snow over the


highest peaks. Temperatures will rise to around six or eight Celsius


in towns and cities. With the strong wind in the morning it will feel


colder than that. Winds will ease during the afternoon as the rain


moves out of the way and it is a much drier end to the day with a lot


of cloud and the odd shower. We will see more showers through tomorrow


night, some heavy and again containing a wintry element, but


with the damp surfaces and temperatures falling to around two


or three Celsius in towns and cities, lower in the countryside, we


could see icy stretches on some untreated services `` services. ``


surfaces. By Friday a bit of cloud coming in


off the North Sea, but some sunshine, as well.


You gave me quite a funny turn, I am not used to seeing myself on


television! Connect's headlines...


Hospitals will have to publish figures on staffing levels and


doctors and nurses will have a statutory duty of candour to the


patients in a raft of measures announced today.


And here on Midlands today Jeremy Hunt said the hundreds who lost


their lives at Stafford hospital did not die in vain.


That was the Midlands today. Join us again at 10pm when we will


be talking live to the Stafford MP about today's response to the


Stafford hospital scandal. Goodbye.


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