22/06/2014 Midlands Today


22/06/2014

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Good evening. on the BBC News Channel, and I'll be

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A Gloucester man with a rare stomach condition has been

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told he can't have an operation even though it could save

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Gareth Pope suffers from Gastroparesis.

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But the NHS wont operate, bdcause his case isn't exceptional dnough.

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Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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Gareth Pope needs a cocktail of daily drugs to ease his pain

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Gastroparesis means his stolach does not empty normally so he has to be

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The cost of his drugs and benefits because he cannot

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Yet an operation costing ?14,00 to ?20,000,

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which could help him to lead a normal life will not be ftnded.

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The fact that I have hardly ever been to the doctors or anything

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before this and now all I nded is a bit of help and I'm not getting any.

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In a statement of the Gloucestershire Clinhcal

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Commissioning Group said thdy were sorry that Gareth was still

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The operation which will effectively fit a pacemaker to get Gareth's

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stomach working as a 65% ch`nce of success and is recognised bx NICE.

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The fact that they could spdnd ?15,000 to ?20,000 and improve

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my life, I could go back to work and cut down on medication `nd then

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obviously I would be contributing back into the country with Tax and

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National Insurance which I've done all my life anyway

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This CCG said it would look at any new clinical information

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from Gareth doctors and explore other treatments.

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But his MP is now taking up the case saying the benefits for Gardth and

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the economy of having the operation I just too obvious to ignord.

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Steve Knibbs, BBC Midlands Today, Gloucester.

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The Labour MP for Walsall North David Winnick,

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has expressed concern that six of the region's NHS trusts `re in

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The University Hospital of North Staffordshire is in the red

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The figures, obtained from Lonitor, the Trust Development Authority

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and the House of Commons Library, show NHS finances have gone

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backwards in every English region since the General Election.

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It certainly need more fundhng than it is getting at the moment.

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Would you give it more fundhng, a future Labour government?

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It certainly did so last tile, whatever may happen in the future no

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one disputes as far as I understand, the Conservative party does not

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dispute the very substantial extra funding that has gone into the NHS

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from the last Labour governlent and I'm very pleased about that

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One of the main routes out of Birmingham has been shut for most

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of the day after an accident overnight damaged safety barriers.

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It happened on the A38M Aston Expressway, leadhng to

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Outbound traffic had to be diverted around the closure.

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The Highways Agency said it needed to clear the road

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and repair the barriers before traffic could be allowed back.

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It's a town that's been a vhctim of events in recent years

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from flooding to major roadworks with the result that many shoppers

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But now businesses in Evesham are fighting back.

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Independent retailers in the town have set up

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their own customer loyalty scheme which they hope will also hdlp

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Evesham's independent retailers are making sure

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The costumes may be a gimmick but their new trading initiativd is not.

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The recent closure of the towns main bridge for 6

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months was not just frustrating but damaged many businesses.

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I actually had to remortgagd and I've moved into a smalldr shop

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It's tough can people come back from this, are they hoping they can

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We are really hoping to comd back from that which is why the traders

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are working together to say that they are now open for busindss.

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And they have come up with a new customer loyalty card.

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It is so important that all of the independent businessds come

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together as a big group, a big group has a big voice.

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We have a brand`new bridge now, it is going to be here

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for another hundred years, I won't worry about that ag`in.

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The sun is out, when the sun is out there is no better placd to

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The scheme is also helping the towns heritage.

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Because every time a loyalty card is filled in,

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local retailers will make a small contribution to to the presdrvation

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People are behind it, we have 70 businesses signed up to

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Many shoppers are in Eveshal for the Vale's Fresh Food F`ir.

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I do try, I do try to support the local businesses yeah.

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I pop in for a few bits but not necessarily the main weekly shop.

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The hope now is the loyalty scheme will persuade more shoppers

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Let's have a look at the weather now.

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lovely day today, despite the high pollen count

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Just a little bit of cloud development taking place

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We may see a small amount of mist forming overnight.

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But the temperatures will drop down to a minimum of 12dC.

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Another warm day in store tomorrow and again the pollen count

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A lot of sunshine in the afternoon but just a chance

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of a shower forming, mainly across the southern part of the patch.

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The daytime temperatures tomorrow 24dC.

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The outlook for the next few days, definitely some sunshine but a bit

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Join me for the late bullethn at 22:15PM

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East Anglia. Down towards the south coast and widespread blue skies are

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likely to be yours. Scotland should improve as the hours go by.

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Something you do need to bear in mind is the risk of some showers

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developing, heavy across eastern Scotland, southern and eastern

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England in the afternoon. They could be isolated but sharp if you're

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caught in them. Highs up to 25 or

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