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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.


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