18/04/2014 Midlands Today


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Good evening. back with the late news at 10pm.

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A heart specialist who won his claim for unfair dismissal after a 12`year

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fight says he's going to ask the Health Minister for an inquiry. Dr

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Raj Mattu says patients deserve to know why more than ?6 million has

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been spent keeping him away from his job. Here's our health

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correspondent, Michele Paduano. A well`wisher arrived to

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congratulate him on his success, after one of the longest`running

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employment cases in NHS history. It's official, he's a

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whistle`blower, and he was unfairly dismissed.

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The cost to me is immeasurable, it has totally destroyed my career, my

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life, in ways I could not start to describe. Then, there is an

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estimated ?6 million upwards wasted in a determination to shut me up,

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and oust me. For 12 years, the case has consumed

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his life. Although he was out of time to win damages for being a

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whistle`blower, the fact that he was dismissed whilst ill, and never

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given a chance to defend himself, was discrimination on the grounds of

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disability. University Hospitals Coventry and

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Warwickshire say they are examining the 440`page document, to see if

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there are grounds for an appeal. They note no connection has been

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made between the whistle`blowing and the unfair dismissal, and they say

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they, too, are disappointed the case has taken so long. The judgment

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criticises key NHS figures, following his whistle`blowing over

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patient deaths in overcrowded bays. The tribunal did not accept at

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certain points the evidence of chief executive David Loughton's evidence

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was truthful. Another chief executive, David Roberts, had an

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agenda not to allow him to return to work.

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Now that they have been found to have mistreated me, I do call on the

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Secretary of State for Health and Mr Stevens to initiate an enquiry into

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my case. Such important lessons can be learned.

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Dr Mattu is now likely to receive a large pay`out. Dr Raj Mattu can now

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look forward to significant damages. A teacher in the West Midlands has

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received ?300,000 in compensation, after she was injured breaking up a

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fight between two pupils. The figure was revealed by the NASUWT, as the

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teaching union starts its annual conference in Birmingham. It says

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compensation pay`outs to its members have increased by 30% in a year.

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Young people were chosen to lead an Easter procession through inner city

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Birmingham this afternoon to show the area is turning its back on gun

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and knife crime. The Good Friday Walk of Witness is organised by

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churches in Handsworth. The parade was attended by 1,000 people.

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Organisers wanted local youths to play a prominent part, to show the

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area is improving after recent problems with anti`social behaviour.

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On to football now. And Birmingham City Ladies are just two games away

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from reaching their first European final. They take on the Swedish side

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Tireso, in the first leg of the semifinal tomorrow. Nick Clitheroe

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reports. Karen Carney joined Birmingham City

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when she was just 11. 15 years on, she can barely believe a European

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final is within touching distance at the club she loves.

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I don't think it would feel real. I'll probably be pinching myself.

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But this is what this club deserves for all the hard work, the

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adversity. We have never had much backing, we have to do things the

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hard way. We deserve something like the final.

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Their progress to the semifinal has been remarkable. Birmingham can't

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compete financially with many of their domestic rivals, and lost

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several key players at the start of the year. Instead, they've

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prioritised bringing young players through, and it's working.

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It's always been a philosophy of our club to bring through the

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youngsters, and give people opportunities. When they are ready,

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they can come up to the plate. And they have delivered the goods on the

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big occasions. The European run has also helped

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raise the club's profile and helped attract new fans.

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Birmingham Ladies played their last two European home matches at St

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Andrews. A clash of fixtures with men's team means this time they play

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here at Solihull Moors. We want teams to come here and fear

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us. Obviously, if they are not used to this environment, they're in the

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big stadiums and crowds, maybe this will be different for them.

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Hopefully, it can work to our advantage.

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Their Swedish opponents, Tireso, will start as favourites. But

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Birmingham Ladies have proved already that no`one should

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underestimate them. Let's catch up with today's results

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now. And in League One: it was another goals bonanza at

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Wolves, which ended with a pitch invasion, and another Wolves win,

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the score there, 6`4. The Tamworth Hereford match doesn't

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kick off until 7.45pm. But we'll bring you that result in our late

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bulletin this evening. Let's have a look at the weather for

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the Easter weekend now. Here's Rebecca Wood.

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Good evening. We have some pleasant afternoon sunshine but it will be a

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chilly night. With clear skies overhead, temperatures will plummet

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down to two Celsius. And a touch of frost over the North Midlands. A

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chilly start to tomorrow. The best of the brightness will be in the

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West. Still some good spells of sunshine. The winds will be a little

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stronger. By Sunday, we have an area of brain working its way in. A

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rather wet Easter Day and holiday Monday.

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That's all from us for now. I'll be back with your late news at 10.15pm.

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Bye for now. Today we have seen temperatures

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rising if Scotland but again tonight, with the clear skies and

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light wind temperatures will fall sharply, and for many of us, we are

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looking at a touch of frost. The satellite picture tells a story

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nicely. This belt of cloud is sitting in the far north-west of

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Scotland, we have had this cloud bubbling up across eastern areas and

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with the northerly wind it has felt cold in East Anglia. That cloud is

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going to melt away, we will get an easterly breeze picking the cloud

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back in again later in the night in eastern areas and we still have this

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cloud and rain in the far north-west of Scotland, but for most we will

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have clear sky, light wind, Ness are the temperatures in towns and city,

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