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GP surgeries in crisis across the region
This is the worst crisis we have seen.
We'll be hearing how the problem's equally acute
As the region's jobless figtres fall again,
the Black Country project hdlping women set up their own businesses.
Fall out from the Russian exports ban ` dairy farmers get togdther
People don't realise how much is it is better how much we get. H'm sure
you pay more if you knew. Could a Yes vote for Scottish
independence mean a bigger share of And Warwick Castle looking
resplendent in the morning sunshine. If you're planning on heading
there this weekend, thunderstorms Doctors
across the West Midlands ard warning that GP services are in crisis,
both in rural and urban are`s. In Herefordshire, there are plans to
close two GP surgeries, In Stoke on Trent, there ard
warnings that two practices are also at risk of closure, despite the fact
that some GPs in the city Our health correspondent,
Michele Paduano, reports. It's a scene playing out ag`in
and again across our region, In this surgery in Hereford, they
have spent ?5,500 advertising for I have been a GP for a long time. It
is my 30 year reunion coming up in a couple of weeks. This is without
doubt the worst situation I have seen in primary care in a long time.
I have been in Hereford for 22 years. This is the worst tile for us
going forward. The picturesque village
of Pembridge ` no post office, These children will be the first
to grow up without a surgerx. Branch practices are closing here
and in Eardisley, mums say ht's a mess, but it's the elderly who don't
drive who are in most trouble. It is such a shame in a rur`l
community, that people have to travel such a vast stones. The
majority of people we see using it are elderly member is of thd village
who would be able to walk in themselves.
Nobody was willing to talk to us but NHS England said it was sorry for
the disruption. There was enough capacity for everyone to have a GP
and they are working on new technology to stop people h`ve to
travel. In Stoke on Trent,
the situation is grave. Each GP should look
after 1,600 patients. After recruiting,
the Haymarket Health Centre has We are used to the workload we get.
There is a critical mass at which it becomes are difficult to de`l with
and to deliver except to wh`t you want to deliver. We're not `t
medical mass but there are ` couple of practices that are.
Stoke's MPs have all receivdd a letter saying two anonymots
Joan Walley claims there's ` lack of direction.
We do not have enough GPs coming through at all. It is difficult to
tie down anyone who has responsible at E48.
Extra work load and pension changes mean GPs are retiring earlidr. There
are more women GPs. They ard leaving the profession, on average, aged 39.
My concern is that the systdm starts to fall apart and I would think that
if that is going to happen, it will happen in the next few years. I
cannot see it carrying on lhke it is for the next ten years.
Changes need to be made to recruitment and retention and soon.
And staying with the subject of the NHS under pressure ` West Mhdlands
Ambulance service is holding its annual general meeting tonight.
The service currently emploxs just over 2,200 front`line staff.
Last year, they responded to 921,000 999 calls, an incre`se of
They exceeded the government's targets for
attending the most serious cases, but just missed out on meethng
the target for the less critical cases ` the so called "red twos .
Sarah Falkland is in Birmingham at the ambulance AGM for us tonight.
So is this a good report for the past year?
This is it, the report in qtestion. It is fair to say it is a c`se of
could do better. This is thd first time in six years that West Midlands
Ambulance Service that they have missed that target. Putting it into
context, only half of the trusts managed to get red one and read two
together, so it is difficult. One speaker said it had been a difficult
year but he described it as being a strong platform from which to move
forward. Putting that city tnions today, they said it is a bit like
West Midlands Abingdon servhce is on the end of a diving board, ht is
under that much pressure. They think things could go wrong at anx
moment. The pressure is becoming intolerable. The resources have not
increased and as far as we `re concerned, it is only a matter of
time before things reach a critical level. So what is the answer?
If you speak to the chief executive, he believes part of it relids on
recruitment. They will be 300 new paramedics on the front lind by
mixture. 200 will be starting by Christmas. That is a busy thme for
the Ambulance Service was to I asked if he was confident that if we see
the same increase in the next five years, will the service copd?
Absolutely. That is why, since we were established and we havd worked
hard to make sure we keep up their recruitment plans. We are mhnimising
our functions to invest in the front line and we are continuing to
upscale and resources for stuff that is the condition of our board and
that is what we will be delhvering for the staff. The unions w`nt to
see better public education. We have had some ludicrous cases here in the
West Midlands, people calling in to press us at a pigeon of all things.
They say things need to change. If you come in the next hour, they will
be glad to see you Good to have you with us here
on Midlands Today. It's worth nearly ?20 million to
the local economy, but could this year's Conservative
Party conference be the last in The number of people out of work
in the West Midlands fell bx 9, 00 The unemployment rate
in the region currently stands at 7.1%, which is still
above the national average of 6 2%. But, in Wolverhampton,
a project to help women set up their own businesses is helping
a small number into work. Karolina Cumming has always wanted
to run her own business, but setting A Government grant helped hdr
with some initial costs, but she felt she lacked the knowledge to
get her idea off the ground. She turned to Access to Bushness
for help. We did things like health and
safety, food safety, markethng, social media, all the other, as
well. They were able to givd us the information I needed to open
something of our own. The target was to support 50
women with workshops on how to We offer a lot of support around the
cloud's needs, really. Whatdver the cloud needs to help their journey
into self`employment. It's not only Karolina that
the charity Access to Busindss has They helped me to register ly
business, how to work with ly taxes. I have set up lots of different
websites. I am finding a re`lly good customer base. I thought I knew all
the basics when it came herd but I obviously didn't.
In Birmingham, however, GMB union leaders had a meeting with
the City Council today to dhscuss yesterday's announcement it's to
The council believes it'll need to save more than ?800 million by 018.
It's now looking at new ways of generating income for thd city,
But that means a change in the way it's traditionally pulled
in major money`spinners, such as the political party confdrences.
The Conservatives are due to arrive here in just over a week, btt might
this be the last time they're here for the foreseeable future?
Here's our Political Editor, Patrick Burns.
Feast your eyes because, in a week's time, this whole place will be in a
progressive lock`down. Police and convention centre managers `re
convinced this is Birminghal's moment to bask in the glare of
international publicity, though with no more conferences pl`nned, is
I think the model of the evdnt world is changing somewhat.
People are doing deals in different ways
and I'm sure Birmingham will remain a competitive and compelling venue.
The costs of staging these events are now
This will be the fifth of the main autumn party conferences to be held
here in the space of six ye`rs ` Four Conservative conferencds
It is the last of them that are covered by
a controversial funding deal agreed by the former Conservative`Liberal
Democrat administration on Birmingham City Council.
It means this conference alone is supported by nearly ?1.5 million
from the council ? that is 85% of its entire events budget, dwarfing
I think it is quite wrong for the ratepayer to subsidise the political
parties to have conferences, whether it is here in Birmingham,
I think they have to get re`listic in this day
Inevitably, there are warnings that Birlingham
risks leaving the field widd open to rival conference centres
In a letter to the Birmingh`m Post, one former Conservative grotp
leader accuses the current Labour administration of short`sightedness.
I ask them to review this and try to have more initiative and innovation.
We need to keep the party conferences here in Birmingham.
The political parties are unlikely to abandon the big cities
and take their main events back to outdated seaside venues.
But with budgets squeezed like never before, the pressure is
on for them to demonstrate their true value to the host citids.
Our business correspondent Peter Plisner is in Birmingham for us now.
We've heard from Nicola about women who are starting
Are people opting for self`employment helping to
bring down the unemployment rate in the region?
Well, I think many people think it is. There is a growing trend of
people going self`employed. 3.9 million people were self`employed in
2008, but that has risen substantially. In the last 02 months
13,000 more people in the Wdst Midlands are now self`emploxed. That
is to do with redundancy, pdople using their redundancy monex to set
up new businesses rather th`n take other jobs. What about thesd
proposed cuts at Birmingham City Council? We have been here before,
haven't we? It is sad news. For every public sector job that has
been lost, other jobs have been created in the private sector. In
the West Midlands we have created more private sector jobs ard never
before, we have bucked the trend. We have been talking about the
conferences, is Birmingham likely to lose out? It is easy to say they
will, but we just don't know. The NEC Group say they are still in
active discussions with the parties. They say that the door is
not shot. They point to othdr conferences coming to the chty. The
National Housing Federation are holding their annual conferdnce over
the next few days. We are still attracting some of the big
organisations to the city. The former Euro MP Nikki Sinclaire
has appeared in court chargdd with misconduct in a public office
and money`laundering. The charges relate to travel
expenses which were claimed between 2009 and 2010, when Nikki Shnclaire
was serving as a West Midlands MEP. She's now been bailed to appear
at Birmingham Crown Court I completely refute these charges
and I'm confident of being found innocent.
A helpline has been made av`ilable at Birmingham Children's Hospital
after a former employee admitted sexually
abusing young cancer patients in his care at another hosphtal
Doctor Myles Bradbury is facing jail for abusing boys as young as eight
The doctor worked in Birmingham between 2004 and 2008.
GP surgeries in crisis across the region because
Shefali's all set to tell us about some wonderfully warm,
The young hairdressers benefiting from a special fund set up
in memory of Hollie Gazzard, murdered as she worked in a salon.
Just weeks into the new season, football managers under pressure
after six of our league sidds were beaten last night.
Dairy farmers from around the country gathered
in Telford today for a new national conference aimed just at thdm.
The usual business facilitids were transformed into cattle`pens,
while hotels in the area were reported to be fully booked.
On many farmers' minds todax were the recent falls in the price
of milk, which one Shropshire couple say could drive them out
It was an unlikely setting for 00 cows. The International Centre in
the middle of Telford not unnaturally bovine environmdnt.
Dairy day, claim to be the first UK conference for farmers in this set.
This couple are struggling. Milk prices have crashed and thex have
lost 8p a litre since May. Their income is down ?4500 a month. We
don't know what we are going to do. We might have to give up dahry
farming, but we don't want to do that. We have a passion for dairy
farming. People don't realise when you buy your paint in the shops how
much it is as compared to how much we get. Surely they would p`y more
if they knew. This is their farm. They have 90 cows. For Neal, the
situation is heartbreaking. To be perfectly honest, if maybe the end
of us. I don't want to be dramatic, but it is getting that bad. Experts
say that the global market has started to collapse. The we`ther has
been very good in Europe, Alerica and New Zealand. Milk production is
up and China is buying slightly less. The Russian import ban is
there, too. They were a growing market taking a lot of glob`l dairy
products and they are no longer in the marketplace. Farmers from around
the country have travelled here for a chance to discuss issues `way from
their often isolated environments. Some good news at last! We have just
won the senior class! Brillhant A boost for morale at least, hf not
for their pockets. With a little over 12 hours to go
now until the polls open in the Scottish referendum about
independence, calls are growing for more powers to be given to the
Midlands. Scottish MPs have already been promised that, whatever the
result, they'll get more autonomy from Westminster, with the knock`on
effect that some MPs here would like this region to have greater powers
as well.For the time being, of course, we can only wait until
Friday to find out how Scotland decides, with mixed views today from
people in Coventry and Birmhngham I hope it is unknown. If I was
Scottish, I would say, go, Westminster doesn't do anything for
us. I don't see why they should be governed by people in other parts of
the country. likely to have on us here in the
Midlands? Paul Forrest from the West Midlands Economic Forum has been
taking a look at the numbers and joins me now. Are we likely to be
better or worse off depending on the Both options could be negathve to
the Midlands economy. If Scotland goes for independence they would be
allowed to change their fiscal policy, which would change their
competitiveness against our economy. If they stay within the United
Kingdom the prospects are even more negative because the amount of
subsidies and offers that h`ve been made with the West Midlands had a
complete disadvantage. People talk about the Barnett formula, but any
politician will say... It is a political fix. Would we be better
off if they said yes? Yes. Tnless there is a major re`negotiation of
the asymmetry of devolution in England. So it could be an
opportunity for the region? It could be, yes. There are a lot of claims
that local authorities in Scotland are quite isolated. 80% of the
Scottish population live in the central belt. If you rank
Herefordshire, Staffordshird and Shropshire against Scottish local
authorities they are in the bottom tier. If you look like an
entrepreneurial local counchl dealing with massive cuts btt are
trying to develop the econoly, the economy in Wolverhampton is a
globally leading one in it would be a major incentive. That
could happen if powers were to volunteer. Yes. The Davis commission
required complimentary about the approach of Birmingham Airport and
even though Birmingham is ottside the south`east, Birmingham was a
solution to the problems. If you got rid of the passenger duty, ht would
be an excellent idea. To aspiring hairdressers from Gloucestershire
have become the first to receive funding from the Hollie Gazzard
Trust. Straightening, cutting and colouring, 48 teen
a dream come true. The teen`ger from Gloucester had always wanted to be a
hairdresser at the cost of getting started on a course meant she
couldn't afford fund is hoping to help train other
head dressers to spot the shgns of domestic abuse.
This is how we start the dax tomorrow, on a very misty note. It
will be cloudy across the rdgion. It will be very warm initially and
getting warmer by the end of the day. The temperature could get up to
23 Celsius by the afternoon. Sunshine will break through, which
will post those values. Tomorrow night we will see the humidhty
kicking in and this thunderstorms breaking out. They will continue
into Friday as well, perhaps even Saturday.