26/02/2014 Midlands Today


26/02/2014

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One, it's time for the news where you

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Good Evening. The Mid`staffordshire Nhs Trust Will

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Be Dissolved With Stafford And Cannock Hospitals Being Run By Other

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Trusts. It Comes Following Concerns Over The Standard Of Care And

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Financial Problems At Mid Staffs. Some Services Will Be Downgraded,

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But Today It Was Announced That Stafford Could Retain Its

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Consultant`led Maternity Department. Our Health Correspondent Michele

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Paduano Reports. We can only pray as Stafford to be

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fair. Instead they are hoping to open some more beds, but then David

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Cameron dropped a bombshell. We are hoping that A can continue at

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Stafford. We are hoping that we can have a consultant led maternity

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department. This was a cautious welcome. It is not there yet. We

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need to wait and see what happens. Cannock hospital will be taken over

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by Wolverhampton and the mid Staffordshire NHS Trust will be

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diesel. They have been to demonstrations, the largest 50,000.

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The majority of people in Stafford still want their services. We would

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like it to stay as it is. It is not good that it is going to be passed

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over. I am quite disappointed. It is not quite clear what the

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announcement around maternity means, but what is clear is there may be

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more concessions. Politicians always get nervous around hospitals. Today

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marks the end of an organisation so it industry could be `` linked with

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bad health care. Joining us now from Westminster is

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the Conservative MP for Stafford Jeremy Lefroy. Mr Lefroy, now that

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we know what's happening with the Trust, what's the timescale to get

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things back on track? Clearly the trust is being dissolved. The

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announcement from the secretary of state said it should happen as soon

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as possible and it is important to do that. At the same time, NHS

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England are trying to preserve the consultant led maternity services. I

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would very much welcome that because these are services we have fought

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for over the last year. It is a lot to them where we were a year ago,

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but we must continue the battle. Will there ever become a time when

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RFID hospital is not under scrutiny? There will be. `` Stafford Hospital.

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It is one of the top regional hospitals now. It is a place that

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really has improved greatly. What we need to do is seek confidence in the

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future with the hospital coming together with Stoke. More people

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will be attracted to work there. We must also address this question of

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the consultant led maternity unit. Thank you very much.

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Police have been given an extra five days to continue questioning a

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former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested along with two men and

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a woman on suspicion of Syria`related terrorism offences.

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45`year`old Moazzam Begg of Hall Green in Birmingham is suspected of

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attending a terrorist training camp. 1,000 tenants in Shropshire have

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been invited to swap their homes with each other. People deemed to be

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living in under`occupied or overcrowded homes have met up to see

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if it would be beneficial to move into each other's properties. It

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could help householders to avoid paying the bedroom tax.

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There are 15,000 properties available to rent in Shropshire's

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Council's area. But many people feel they are not living in the right

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accommodation. This woman has spent eight years trying to get off of an

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estate she did not like. Now she has finally got a property she likes. I

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went into the council offices begging them to move me, but their

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hands were tied. You need to have so many different qualifying criteria

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to move. This event is almost like speed dating. People are hoping to

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be matched up with someone else's home. We want to put people in touch

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with other people who want to swap properties. This family have

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outgrown their house on something smaller. People are struggling with

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one or two bedrooms and we have three. They probably could do with

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an upgrade. This is a way of people avoiding the bedroom tax. If they

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have an extra bedroom, they face a cut in their housing benefits.

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Manufacturing has been in decline in the region recently, but things are

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looking up. Tomorrow night, join Nick and Mary at 6.30pm for a

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special programme looking at more than 100 products made in the

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Midlands. That is all from the late team. We are back tomorrow morning.

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Now the weather. After what has been a pleasant day

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we have a wet night to come. It is this and of rain that will work its

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way in. We are expecting up to ten millilitres of rain. The cloud will

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build ahead of the rain, which is moving quite thickly. Temperatures

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will not fall away too far with lows of five or six Celsius. Tomorrow,

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that band of rainbow clear away and it will be a pleasant start to the

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day. Still a few showers here and there. It will be quite blustery in

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the afternoon with temperatures between eight and nine degrees. The

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National forecast is on the way. I will leave you with an outlook for

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the next few days. day on Friday, wet snow around and a

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breeze blowing as well. Tricky into the weekend. And now we have the

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national forecast. Good evening. We know it has been a

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wet winter but it has also been mild and across England and Wales,

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lacking in snow. The last day of the season which we measure on Friday,

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might provide a bit of it. Friday's weather is coming from the small

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area of low pressure. These tiny

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