28/03/2014 Midlands Today


28/03/2014

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Good evening. The family of a Redditch woman who died aftdr

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falling into a diabetic com` say they're angry that one of the nurses

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on duty has not been struck off They're now planning to appdal

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against the Nursing and Midwifery Council's ruling, in the case of the

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nurse who failed to monitor Margaret Pitt's blood sugar readings

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correctly. Here's our Health Correspondent Michele Paduano.

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It's never far from their mhnds A mother, wife and grandmother died

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needlessly simply because hdr blood sugar wasn't properly monitored My

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mum died a long time before she was due. This is such a massive thing

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happening in my life, 20, 30, 4 years, if I am still around, it will

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still be. 55`year`old Margaret Pitt was looking forward to retirement

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when she appeared on To Buy or Not To Buy. But the insulin depdndent

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diabetic was failed by staff at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. At

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her inquest the fact Sister Jackie Charman didn't retest her blood

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sugars before bed time was considered a gross failing. The

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nurse who worked at the Alexandra Hospital has been given a fhve year

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caution by the Nursing and Widwifery Council. The Nursing and Midwifery

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Council were told this was the first time Sister Charman had appdared

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before them. Although the fdeling of the hospital was serious, it

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amounted to one case. Sister Charman told the panel that she had

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effectively retired from nursing. The family is outraged. It hs not a

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good enough decision. Yes, she will be very unlikely to get a job.

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Hopefully, by naming and sh`ming her publicly, . I remain concerned is to

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appeal the decision. Samantha Pitt still believes that her mother would

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still be here if Sister Charman had done her job.

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A year ago the government brought in changes to housing benefit designed

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to cut the welfare bill and reduce the "under occupation" of social

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housing, freeing up properthes for larger families. A BBC survdy of

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local authorities and housing associations across the reghon has

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revealed just over 58,000 pdople here have been affected by the

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reforms. That's a quarter of those who receive housing benefit in the

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West Midlands. Nearly 14,000 tenants were reported to have accounts which

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have gone into arrears for the first time. And just under 2,000 have

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moved house. Here's BBC Stoke's Political Reporter Phil McC`nn.

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Before last April, bedrooms had never been worth so much to Mark. He

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has three in his flat near Newcastle`under`Lyme, and over the

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last year they've led to his Housing Benefit being cut by 25%. `` 16 .

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But he wants somewhere for his children to sleep when they stay

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with him at weekends. It was a massive struggle. ?11 39 a week does

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not sound a lot, but when you have got food in your cupboards or

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fridge, you have got to savd, which comes first? People say rent, but I

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have got to feed myself and my children. One in ten social housing

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tenants in the Midlands is `ffected by the reforms, with thousands of

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people being told they have too many bedrooms under the government's new

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size criteria, which is oftdn referred to as the bedroom tax. A

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number of other people have also been having to pay a portion of

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their council tax for the fhrst time. 45% of council tenants in

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Sandwell who are affected bx the reforms have fallen behind with

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their rent since last April. The figure's a third in Stoke`on`Trent,

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and a quarter in Wolverhampton. And one housing association has served

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over 400 of its tenants with eviction notices. One of thd main

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reasons for the reforms was to free`up spare bedrooms. But only 6%

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of people have relocated as a result. Partly because of a shortage

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of smaller homes. So housing associations are building more. Like

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this development in Staffordshire. They have helped eased `` e`se what

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is a potential crisis situation In order to help, as part of

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preparation that we were dohng, we needed to consider what altdrnative

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accommodation there was. Thd reforms have caused some of those affected

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the budget better and changd their priorities. It was a case of move to

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one bedroom and not accommodate your kids, or steamer you are, struggle,

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and you get to keep your kids `` stay where you are. Pay or lose

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everything, you're forced into that situation. The fact is lots of

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households have not been affected at all. The government says thd new

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system is fairer and providds more of an incentive for people to find

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work or increase their hours. And there'll be more on this story

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in this weekend's Sunday Politics, which is at the slightly later time

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of 11.15am on BBC One following coverage of the Malaysian Grand

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Prix. Three men have been jailed for

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almost 30 years after policd seized cocaine valued at more than ?4

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million in the Black Countrx. Amrik Sanghera and Kamaljit Chahal from

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Sandwell were seen buying the cocaine in February last ye`r.

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Satwinder Sandhu from Birmingham owned the business used to process

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the drugs. A woman who drove four miles the

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wrong way up the M5 while drunk has been banned from driving for three

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years. 27`year`old Katy Homdr from Halesowen was stopped by police last

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December. CCTV footage shows her car travelling into the path of oncoming

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traffic. She also received ` suspended prison sentence and was

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ordered to do 180 hours of community service.

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Finally a dozen Gentoo pengtins are now settling in to their new home in

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Birmingham, as the result of a successful international brdeding

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programme. The colony has bden moved to the UK from New Zealand. The

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National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham has spent ?2.5 mhllion

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creating a specially cooled home for them, which will be kept at a

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constant eight degrees. Oncd the group number got up to 12, they

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started running around and having fun, straight into the water,

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swimming around. We're really happy, they could not ask for a

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better introduction. That's all from me. Midlands Today

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will be back with more news just after 1pm tomorrow afternoon. I ll

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leave you with the weather with Rebecca Wood. Have a good wdekend.

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after 1pm Good evening, a milder weekdnd on

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the cards and better condithons Pooling in milder air of thd

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continent, it will feel much warmer, the sun is coming ott as

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well. Overnight tonight we have seen the last of those showers, `nd

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behind that it is dry. Plenty of cloud around, helping temperatures a

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little bit, milder air keephng us up at around five, six Celsius. We

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start off tomorrow, it will be a dry start, it will be quite clotdy to

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begin with, but the sun will start to burn through that. Hazy sunshine

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around through the day, much warmer than it has been recently.

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Temperatures in the mid`to high teens. Quite a breezy day to come.

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Sunday as well is looking vdry similar, temperatures continuing to

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rise, plenty of sunshine about as well. The National forecast is on

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the way. I will leave you whth an outlook for

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forward on Saturday night. Now here is Nick Miller with the national

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forecast. Hello. The clocks go forward this

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weekend, marking the beginning of British summertime, BST. It has

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nothing to do with the weather. As the clocks changed last year we were

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coming out of

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