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Families tell of their horror at an inquest into the deaths of
three patients under the care of a heart surgeon sacked from the Queen
Also tonight, Lord Heseltind live on the urgent need to bridgd
The former government minister's in the region to launch
a scheme that'll teach youngsters the skills they'll need for work.
The Princess Royal unveils a memorial honouring the Ghtrkas
who lost their lives with the armed forces.
And join me later. And I will have the weather forecast
later. Families have told of their
shock and horror at seeing their The inquest began today
into the deaths of three patients who were treated
by surgeon Ian Wilson at thd Queen Concerns came to light
after an internal audit found that 15 of his patients had died
in just over a year. In some cases,
there were common factors. Our Health Correspondent,
Michele Paduano, reports. Their inquests held together
following concerns over del`ys to surgery and the amount
of heart surgery. 78`year`old Alan Tringham
from Hereford had two heart valves repaired and an operation
on his atrium. He had extensive bruising `
even to his eyelids. His daughter, Joanne Muldowney said
she was asked if they wanted a priest, but claims she wasn't told
that it was for the last rites. During the operation,
Mr Tringham had been placed on a heart bypass machine and his heart
frozen with drugs to protect it The gap on one occasion
between those drugs being ghven was Ian Wilson accepted that he had
filled in the timings wrong for giving the drugs,
but said that he was working on He was asked whether she should have
operated sooner. He said, if I was to look back of course I wotld, but
there was nothing at that stage to suggest that course of action and
they had another 80 patients on my waiting list.
72`year old Peter Brooks from Halesowen had been well
His family were told that hd cardiac arrested on the table and afterwards
that he had six bypasses, a valve repair and a heart valve replaced.
His daughter, Alison Jinks said he never regained consciousness
The inquest into all three deaths at the Queen Elizabeth hosphtal is
I understand there are other issues relating to the practice th`t have
been identified but are not directly relevant to these cases?
Yes. After he was sacked, hd was specifically sacks for the heart
strike that was not given, they then looked into other aspects of his
work and finds that there w`s an issue to do with intravenous GTn.
The hospital said today that if they had known about that they m`y have
restricted his operating back in 2011.
He was sacked by the hospit`l. What has happened to him since?
He went for retraining at a hospital in Wolverhampton. That went well. He
has now been employed on a six`month contract although he will h`ve to
maintain his supervision. Clearly he has come out of this OK. Cldarly the
issue is whether there is or is not a problem. Only the General Medical
Council will be able to dechde that. Good to have you with
us this evening. Coming up later in the programme
Playing the right notes, not The school that's blown out
brass for plastic trumpets. The need to get young peopld to
learn skills for work is now so urgent a new scheme's behng set
up which it's hoped will help to close the so`called skills gap and
lead to the creation of mord new The Greater Birmingham Chamber
of Commerce is working with a consortium of colleges on a new
website called The Skills Htb. It's designed to give emploxers
a one`stop shop when searchhng Our Business Correspondent,
Peter Plisner, is at a printing firm So, Peter, why is
the skills gap such a big issue It's a big issue
because this printing firm has expanded rapidly over the l`st
decade and these days it's getting more and more work, but meeting
those orders means having the right Making it's mark `
this firm's presses are running 24 Launched 12 years ago
by ten school friends who scraped together ?2,000 it's now turning
over nearly ?3million per ydar and has ambitions to double that
figure over the next three xears. In the design shop they're just
as busy ` here they have vacancies but a lack of skills means ht's not
easy filling them. It is extremely difficult where you
have to advertise extensively. Once we employ them we then have to train
them further and develop thdir skills. Machines like this do not
always run themselves and they are becoming more high`tech. People that
work you need a certain levdl of skills. That cannot always be
trained in`house. A new website holds information
of more the 10,000 different courses ` they're available at colldges
across the Greater Birmingh`m area. Norman Cave who runs
Bournville College has playdd a key A business that has a particular
training needs will click onto the website. The website will identify
the course that is more appropriate for them. And also the colldge which
is nearest. In addition to
the colleges those who use the skills hub can also get help
from various Chambers of Colmerce. Ultimately it should lead to
more growth and job creation. This is all part of moves to empower
big cities. The force behind that is Lord Heseltine. He joins as tonight.
What do you think of this? Ht is an important step towards bringing more
power to local areas, involving local people who actually create the
jobs. That is the essence of the problem. Finding enough jobs and
finding people with the skills. This is designed to get all the local
sources of training and the employers into one grouping. That is
a very sensible step. We were promised money and you recolmended
that the Government release money to cities like Birmingham to
effectively control their own destiny. You talked about ?40
billion across the country, but we have seen no where near that from
the Government. There is no sign of that. I do not agree. But when I
looked at the total sum is `vailable over five years, it is not 40
billion all at once. There was a lot of money. I pointed this out. The
Government accepted the principle. They have begun the shift to local
areas. The Chancellor announced 6 billion a couple of months `go. That
is not all I asked for, but no one else has ever got a fraction of
that. As a result of the Scottish referendum there has been more talk
about regional devolution. RB good to get it? Will Birmingham benefit?
There are Local Enterprise Partnership 's all over England
They are already getting significant sums. They will get more. The
process has been going for `bout a year. The devolution debate in
Scotland has given it a massive push. Birmingham will gain from
that. We are heading in the right
direction, but there is still much work to do.
A 29`year`old man has been jailed for life for killing a mothdr`of`two
Amandeep Kaur Hothi was found in a room at the Britannia Hotel
She'd died from multiple knife wounds.
Gurminder Singh, from Forest Gate in London, has been told he'll serve
A Warwickshire man's been jailed after he admitted making a series
of hoax calls in which he told families their children had died.
Ashley Dodd made eight calls one night in June `
some in the early hours ` claiming he was a doctor at the
Magistrates sentenced him to 16 weeks in prison.
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a
The woman, who's thought to have been in her 50s, was found
at the property in Glebe Street in Wellington yesterday aftdrnoon.
Three men, aged 50, 35 and 21 are being questioned by police,
It's been confirmed that 35 Phones 4U stores
in the Midlands are to closd, with 169 staff losing their jobs.
The firm ` which is based in Newcastle`under`Lyme
in Staffordshire ` went into administration last week.
620 head`office staff found out on Friday that they'd lose thehr jobs.
A leading cancer charity's urging young people not to be
The Teenage Cancer Trust is worried that young people not
speaking to their doctor me`ns cancer's not spotted early dnough.
A survey by the Trust suggests that under 24s are more likely to get
All the patients in this cancer unit in Birmhngham
The disease is rare amongst this age group ` most teenagers don't
But it's the one thing that everyone here has in common.
I went to the GP and he gavd me some tablets because he thought ht was
I think I went back about three times and it was about the third
time I told him to do a blood test and then he did a blood test and I
got a phone call to say, can you go to the hospital, and the doctor came
Because fewer than 1% of cancer cases happen
in young people, when a teenager comes to their GP with something
wrong ` it's not the first thing the doctor will be looking for.
You see a lump on your head and you sort of worry for one minutd and you
kind of Yahoo Answer it and it just goes, don't worry it?s fine.
You go to the GP and he's lhke, no not at your age, or,
that will be very rare, and you just sort of dismiss it
Although Eleanor and Fiona both went to their GPs they didn't feel
confident enough to challenge them when nothing serious was fotnd.
A third of the teenagers spoken to for this survey said they dhdn't
feel able to talk to their GP about their health concerns.
Teenage Cancer Trust is worried this may mean some cancers
in young people aren't being picked up early enough.
If you're feeling tired or xou've got lumps or bumps or swellhngs it
doesn't mean you've got cancer but there's a small chance that you
If you're experiencing thesd problems you need to get chdcked out
The charity wants schools to help students become more aware
of the signs of cancer to ghve them confidence to say something
The hope is for the rare few who do have the disease they will get
The Princess Royal's been in Staffordshire this afternoon to
unveil a memorial to soldiers of the Gurkha Rifles who died in sdrvice.
The monument, at the National Memorial Arboretum,
marks the contribution made to the British Army by the men frol Nepal.
Over 200,000 Gurkhas served with the British Army
Numbers have fallen sharply since then and the regiment now has
Most recently, they've seen action in the Falklands, Kosovo,
They are the most wonderfully believe and kind people I h`ve ever
met. Their loyalty is as legendary as the bravery. Their motto is,
better to die than to be a coward. This sergeant is one of the 300 or
so Gurkhas. My great`grandf`ther was in the British Indian Army. My
father served in Hong Kong. His family history tells the story of
the Gurkhas. Two centuries of allegiance. But until very recently
there has never been a memorial for the thousands killed in the line of
duty. Unveiled today, the monument is the idea of a Staffordshhre
`based former Gurkha officer. They will tell them about it. Thdy will
be thrilled to think that wd are still thinking of them. It took a
small team of Gurkhas working with a professional stonemason two years to
build. The Gurkhas feel that this has received another blessing. The
God of prosperity is also phctured riding a rodent. And this mdmorial
has become infested with mice. Inquests begin into the deaths of
three patients under the care of a heart surgeon sacked from the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Your detailed weather forec`st
to come shortly from Shefalh. Also in tonight's programme, the pub
regular who's inspired a song and a new beer two years after he died,
in honour of his old flat c`p. And join me live at Shrewsbtry Town
` a team chasing a hat`trick I used to play the trumpet
in my school orchestra, not an But I was sorry to hear that brass
instruments in schools have become an endangered species ` bec`use of
the cost and the fact that some are One school in the Black Country
hopes to have the answer. I very special lesson from ` very
special teacher. She is one of the most celebrated trumpet soloists.
She is here to give these schoolchildren in music lesson. But
these instruments are different They are made from plastic. It is an
amazing new invention which means that the plastic vibrates the way in
brass metal instrument would. And it looks great as well. They come in
several colours. At ?100 thdy are more affordable, lightweight and
Jude and Jude Law untraditional brass instruments. 35 trumpdts have
been donated to the school. You get to play the trumpet. You get to
learn how to do it. The instruments were developed by this Coventry
`based company. We learned how to make instruments sounds likd a real
bass instrument. We use that same technology in our trumpet. Ht is
simple and easy to start making a sound. Back at lesson is in full
swing. When it is over the learning will not stop. We will have a
teacher in here every week for the next year. We are only able to do
that because of the partnership that we have. There will be a concert in
the town Hall in October. A wonderful opportunity to le`rn and
play with the best. An owl sanctuary in Gloucestershire
has launched an appeal to help buy the f`rm where
they are currently based. The Barn Owl Centre needs to raise
?30,000 by the end of the year to purchase the land
and buildings from the council. Majestic, graceful and very at home.
This European Eagle Owl is one of 60 birds of prey at the Barn Owl Centre
in Gloucester. Based here shnce It is a great place to fly birds. It
brings people back to wildlhfe. Based here
2008, the charity currently leases the farm and surrounding land from
Gloucester city council, but now they've been given the chance to buy
For Vincent Jones, the founder of the charity, this is more
than just a farm. It's the place where his love of owls all began.
since I found my first I will nest in the tree behind me.
26 of the birds here were t`ken from this owner after a neighbour
recorded ten attacking them. They are still being rehabilitatdd. It
has taken a long time. If they manage to raise the money to
purchase the farm it will mdan that the centre can move forward with
plans to expand. That will lean they will be able to help more of these
birds. Onto tonight's football
and Shrewsbury Town are aimhng They're at home to Championship side
Norwich City in the third round of the League Cup and Dan P`llett's
at the Greenhous Stadium right now. They've already done it
once this season, Dan. Yes they've done it twice already
in this competition. They beat Blackpool
from the Championship in round one and Premier Le`gue
Leicester City in round two. Can they make it a hat`trick
of upsets tonight against another team from
the Championship ` Norwich City Well let's have a word with someone
who has some insider's knowledge. Fingers crossed. We are comhng into
the game on the back of an tnbeaten run here. We have got nothing to
lose. Our players are up for it You joined a club
which had just been relegatdd. The mood has changed. On thd first
day the chairman was trying to cheer everyone up. He has been involved in
the club for a long time. Hd is a massive supporter. He took to heart.
But he had a smile on face. One of the things that we wanted to do is
put a smile back on his facd. Fingers crossed we can do it again
tonight. This has got to help business. Yes, attendances `re down
slightly on the back of being relegated, but hopefully supporters
will come down tonight and see the big are trying to play. Thex will
see that we are going in thd right direction and hopefully we can get
promoted. It should be an exciting night. There is live, jury on BBC
radio. Dan, Shrewsbury aren't
our only side in Cup action tonight ` Stoke City also play tonight and
must feel that they have a realistic In the last few seasons we've had
two sides from outside the Birmingham City and Swansea City
have won it in the last few years. It shows what's possible
in the League Cup. Stoke City must think that they have
a chance of getting to Wembley. Stoke are away to
Sunderland this evening. And coverage of that match hs on
BBC Radio Stoke. We'll have the goals from both
of tonight's games on He was a pub regular who's prompted
a song, a flurry of fundraising and a new beer in his memorx `
all because he was well known This was Frank Cunningham,
a retired aircraft engineer, And this is his cap, which he was
always leaving on the bar hdre at People used to throw change
in it which was donated to charity. He would always take his cap off and
dump it on the side. For a joke somebody threw some money in one
night. It became a habit. The cat came off and the money went in and
it went to Macmillan nurses. When he died, someone asked for his cap
Maureen is a folk singer and has written a song ` Fr`nk's Cap
And now the pub has started to sell a new beer of the same name.
We have an award for our innovative ways of making money. We want to
keep it going. About ?1,400 has been thrown
into Frank's cap over the l`st two years and it's been donated to
Macmillan Cancer Support. It is a fitting tribute to `
drinking man. He liked his pint He liked the camaraderie. This is a
fantastic tributes to him. He was a character. It is amazing wh`t does
Dan for the dog and pheasant. And all this
because Frank was always le`ving Here is the weather. We are now
officially into Tim. Some p`rts of the region are feeling it. # row we
are now officially into auttmn. These temperatures will fluctuate
through the week. We are seding some changes to the complexion of things
without turning cloudy two this afternoon. That is down to this
frontal system pushing throtgh the Northwest. We have also got this
other frontal system that whll come through on Friday. That may bring
cloudy conditions and rain by that stage. High`pressure will l`ter on
starts to dominate. Back to this evening. We are starting to see this
cloud filter southwards. It is bringing rain to the Northern parts
of the region. Most of this rain will be liked and patchy. There will
be the odd heavy burst here and fair. Because of a close and the
rain temperatures are only dropping to a minimum of ten Celsius. It will
not be quite as cold. This rain will continue into the morning. Ht may
intensify in a few places. Ht will start to clear later on tomorrow
into the afternoon. Look at those temperatures. Across the North it is
much cooler. Tomorrow night will be drier. Dry with sunny spells on
Thursday. Ed Miliband sets out his vision
for Britain in his last conference an inquest into the deaths of three
patients under the care of ` heart surgeon sacked from the Quedn
Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.