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Plans to restrict knee and hip replacements in Worcestershire
The hospital says they have to put a line somewhere.
But Mike I am very frustrated and I am worried. I worried that they are
good and leave me like this for a lot longer. TRANSLATION:
The Royal College of TRANSLATION: surgeons describe
And following the pleas at the clamp-down on people using their
mobile phones whilst driving. The Liverpool player whose first
appearance at Anfield Getting up close with the new
generation of Northern Soul fans. And after a few very chilly days,
finally a change is on the way, but although we'll see the back
of the frosty scenes, Just some of the reaction
to plans to restrict hip and knee replacements
to those in severe pain. The proposal by three clinical
commissioning groups in Worcestershire is aimed at saving
around ?2 million a year. But critics say that remaining
mobile is fundamental for people's Here's our health
correspondent Michele Paduano. Severe arthritis makes a normal
walking and agonising punishment 72-year-old Susan Morris believes
the current waiting list is She had been trying for
a new replacement for a year, and has been on the waiting
list since September. Now she worries her wait
will count against her. They just don't seem to understand
exactly what the patients I would go anywhere, I said
I would go anywhere to have this operation done, I don't
even mind going up to Russell Hall or somewhere
like that. In future, most hip
and knee replacements in Worcestershire will be carried out
at the Alexandra Hospital. There is a scoring
system to qualify. Those paying for the
operations have made The Royal College of
surgeons say the arbitrary decision to restrict NHS care
on the basis of pain The commission hopes to save money
but says that ignores the potential impact of delayed
treatment, prolonged pain and But with the ?9 million deficit,
and more and more elderly needing more treatment,
commissioners here say they are This sits in a very difficult place
with the clinical I have responsibilities
to my individual patients, but we've also got responsibilities in terms
of the amount of money we have, and we are being told that we have to
bring down the deficit that we have We asked people in Worcester
their thoughts on rationing care. If people need hip operations,
they should be given hip operations. And I think they could
make savings in It is not really what we grew up
to understand what the But I don't see that there
is a lot that we can do There should be more money
in the health service, but there is a fundamental
question about whether it is going to the right places
and is being allocated fairly. If the British public wants
to spend more on the NHS, and it looks like they do,
then we will continue to do that. We are doing that at the moment,
but maybe the message For Mrs Morris, restricting her
movement feels like restricting her And Michele joins us now from
the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. Is Worcestershire alone
in taking this action? No, not at all. Shropshire took this
action sometime last year, and their situation was even more draconian.
It was five points more serious before you have a hip operation. We
will be seeing more of this. If you look at the NHS five-year plan, they
look at cutting operations. Sometimes up to 20%. Many hospitals
have said it. It is not just hips and knees, back operations are also
going to be reduced. Henne has agreed to be reduced as well. We're
going to see less IDF being available, and the big issue is we
have an ageing population which require more care and we need
funding to provide. Could some people be waiting longer just
because of where they'll? This is one of the fundamental questions
about the NHS, because the idea is where ever you are, wherever you
are, you get the same treatment. This is not necessarily going to be
the case now. Wheels the issue of funding. Some areas do receive more
funding than others. We have elderly people who are deciding to leave
their houses in the city, liquidate their money, getting the countryside
and that is putting pressure on those rural areas like
Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.
Despite several national campaigns, some motorists continue to break
the law by using their mobile phones while driving,
Between 2014 and 2015, West Midlands Police issued over
2,000 penalty notices, while in the West Mercia force
The lowest figure in our region was recorded by Gloucestershire Police,
Elizabeth Glinka has spent the day on patrol with police
in Staffordshire where 1,800 notices were issued
There can't be many people who don't realise that holding or talking on
your mobile phone while driving is illegal. And yet people still do it.
She is talking to somebody. Her phone is in her hand. We are on
patrol with Staffordshire police. They have just stopped a woman who
was talking on her phone using the loudspeaker. Any use of a phone
other than hands-free constitutes an offence. Is that a popular
misconception that the loudspeaker is OK? A little bit of that and a
little bit of our just habit on and people won't notice. Amongst the
people we stopped, there seems to be a mix of confusion and those who
admit to a momentary lapse. It is against the law. You see as a fair
cop. Yeah, I understand. The typical penalty for this offence is three
points on your license and a fine of about ?100. These forces also have
discretion with some operating safety courses as an alternative.
All of that look set to change. The Government is introducing a new
system which would mean an automatic six points on your license and fines
of ?200. The aim is to create a deterrent in a world where we had a
big key to our phones. This young driver was paying a bill. Mobile
phone in hand. When we talk to him, it is clear that sometimes the
temptation is too much. It makes you want to pick the phone up and look
at it. Leave your phone alone concentrate on driving. That is what
is important. Because prices are serious. Including four other
members of the public. The battle for hearts and minds continues.
A 25-year-old man from Birmingham has appeared in court charged
with murdering a man on a bus on Monday night.
36-year-old Leon Barrett-Hazle from Smethwick was stabbed
and killed as he rode on the top deck of the 11A in Handsworth .
Kieran Gillespie who lives in Handsworth denies the charge.
Staffordshire Police are investigating a cannabis factory
discovered in a series of basements in Burton on Trent.
Around 800 cannabis plants have so far been recovered,
with a possible street value estimated at ?400,000.
The police say it's one of the largest cannabis factories
It is a massive basement area underneath a large premises where
several rooms, all large, have been utilised to grow the cannabis,
including water supply and electricity.
It is so large that a tractor and trailer was utilised in
order to remove the goods from here, and that was obviously noted by
members of the public who called it into us.
Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, and there have been events
across the Midlands to remember the atrocities.
Originally created as a remembrance day for the mass murder of Jews
at the hands of Nazi Germany, the day also commemorates more
recent genocides such as Rwanda, Darfur and Cambodia.
You may find some of the pictures in Kevin Reide's report, disturbing.
In wolverhampton today, many gathered to remember those
who perished for no other reason than for who they were.
A service was held and wreath layed at the Cenotaph
in St Peter's Square, then a statement of
But about Holocaust Memorial Day is a chance for us to stop and remember
the horrors of the Second World War, and the Nazi regime, as well as all
those other places since then where other genocides have taken place.
The day was created to remember the six million Jews
who were exterminated in death camps across Nazi Germany and Poland.
Susi Bechofer who lives in Rugby survived when she and her twin
were amongst 10,000 Jewish children rescued from Germany
She's written a book about her Mum, Rosa, who had to stay in Germany
before being taken to Auschwitz's gas chambers, all
This is a tribute to browser, and all the parents who relinquished
their children to be safe. The majority of parents perished in gas
chambers. Today National Holocaust Day
is also about remembering all genocides such as Rwanda,
Cambodia and Darfur. At the Hive in Worcester, Jewish,
Muslim and Christian communities As well as children from five
schools. I think it is important for young people to be educated about
what happened, so we can pay our respects. What happened to people's
grandparents, parents and great-grandparents, it shouldn't be
forgotten. And for Susi, it's about
turning horror to hope. I think valuing other people for who
they are, whatever their race or creed, is paramount.
Kevin Reide, BBC Midlands Today, Warwickshire.
Thanks for joining us on Midlands Today, this is our top
story tonight: Plans to restrict knee and hip operations
in Worcestershire to those in severe pain.
You've been getting in touch with us on this story.
Rosalie Daubney says "If they don't agree to do my husband's knee soon,
it's going to cost them more in the end, because it's
While Timothy Evans wrote, "There is a line.
Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.
Recording our robins and other garden birds.
Why the RSPB needs you to keep your eyes peeled this weekend.
New figures released show that Coventry University is the highest
in student intake. More than 8000 students were accepted places across
the university group. The future of farming and the Brexit is still
uncertain. As with the referendum itself,
some in agriculture are optimistic, while others fear
for their livelihood. Joanne Gallacher has been to meet
two farmers who have a very different take on the future
of farming after we leave Newborn lambs - a sign of fresh
starts and new beginnings, but for this Oswestry farmer,
the future's a worry. Malcolm Roberts exports his produce
to France, Italy Spain and Germany. In fact, 40% of UK
lamb goes to Europe. He voted to remain in
the European Union and is concerned Brexit could make things
difficult down on the farm. Our business needs sound economic
growth, and my time of life I hate to say it, but if we are messing
around with our business for the next 15 or 20 years, that is
probably going my career done. The message from the Government
is everything will be fine, Can see the concern. And join it
will still be subsidies but the devil is in the detail. Every
individual farmer gets a different subsidy depending on the size and
efficiency of the farm. Farming accounts for about ?1
billion worth of business a year On farms like these, farmers receive
around ?70 an acre in EE subsidies, but with Brexit that money is likely
to go. Leave campaigner Owen Paterson
is the MP for this area. He says farmers like Malcolm have
nothing to fear from Brexit. They have a wonderful opportunity to
help design a completely new rural policy tailored around their
industry and our environment. Just 50 miles away in Staffordshire,
the atmosphere on this 500-acre beef and arable farm
is one of excitement. He wants to take back
control and he has no We're still in Europe, we still farm
in Europe, we still trade with Europe. I still think in the future
we will be trading in Europe. They need us, we need them.
There may be a stand-off for now, but it's inevitable there'll be
a locking of horns as ministers try to get right the terms of Brexit
And you can see more on that story on Sunday politics
The RSPB's big garden birdwatch starts this weekend.
The charity's asking us to record the birds that visit our gardens
over the course of an hour, so they can work out
which species are doing well, and which ones are struggling.
So for some top garden bird-watching tips we sent environment
correspondent David Gregory-Kumar to meet Springwatch star
Kate MacRae, who took these amazing pictures
Last year in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch,
So let's get some tips for this weekend.
What are your top tips for how to feed birds,
how to get more birds into your garden?
Well, I think you have to think of it a bit like a
The more different kinds of food you can put out
and different kinds of ways you can feed them, then the more
different species you're going to attract because not all birds like
the same food and not all like feeding in the same way.
Kate has spotted over 50 different bird species
But about a lot of the cheap stuff is bowled out with wheat, and the
only species that are going to like the plea by the pigeons. It isn't
worth saving up spending a little bit more and having a bit more of a
gourmet mix, you will get a better selection of species. Cake has
bodied many different species. The Midlands gardenwatch top five:
sparrow, blue tip, starling, blackbird and wood pigeon have
all been caught by her cameras. But she records less
common visitors, too, Well, one that is always
really exciting to get is the woodpecker, and Great Spotted
Woodpeckers were another species that have taken advantage
of our changing in the way we feed. And this year the whole
event has been extended by a day
to cover the Monday as well as the weekend,
and that means you don't
have to do a whole hour in your garden,
you could Garden Birdwatch is our largest
citizen science experiment, providing vital information on how
all our garden birds are doing. David Gregory-Kumar,
BBC Midlands Today, Lichfield. And for more details on how
to take part in the garden FA Cup fourth round weekend -
always a treat, if your It's only a two-horse race,
but Wolves are the 10-1 outsiders to pull off a shock
victory against Liverpool. Anyone who saw them cruise past
Stoke City in round three might But one former Liverpool player
knows exactly how tough He was born in the red half
of Merseyside, joined Liverpool's Academy aged six,
spent 15 years with the club, played twice for the first team,
But never at Anfield ... How are you? 24 hours before the big
game. But Mac I can't wait. It is good to be a great occasion.
Everyone is looking forward to it. No wonder Conor Coady was chuffed
to bits when Liverpool Because he'd already set his heart
on playing for Wolves at the home If only Wolves can repeat the sort
of form they showed three weeks A little bird tells EU went bananas
when the draw was made. Yak, to draw them was fantastic. It is massive
for everybody. Everybody was to be on the best team.
If only Wolves can repeat the sort of form they showed three weeks
ago to beat Stoke City, they must have a chance.
Ok, so the bookies disagree and make Liverpool
But few people know the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp better
They go back a long way, and share a strong connection
Very nice guy, but even when he is nice, I would like to send him home
with empty hands. Tomorrow lunchtime,
Klopp's got the Kop, but Lambert's got lots of very loud
Wolves fans, more Labour's support has been fantastic
since I have been here. We're going to have two weather a storm at
Anfield, but the supporters will help us. If the sport is the winning
normally do it will be a great atmosphere. Will you touch the
Anfield sign? ' no, I play for Wills. It is the other way around,
maybe. Not this weekend. Good luck. But today an apology
from Saido Berahino to Albion fans. Yes we heard from Berahino
today for the first time since making his ?12 million move
from Albion to Stoke City. Now Berahino has been
agitating for a move away from the Hawthorns
for the past two seasons. But today the 23-year-old
said that the Albion I have got regrets, I could have
handled it better. I was still a young lad, I was in a situation
where most footballers ever BN. You live and learn. We are here now, and
I'm just glad to be here. The Birmingham Bears were given
a civic reception this afternoon. That's to recognise their victory
in the One Day Cup They were at Lords on the 29th
of August last year. But for cricket-lovers the good news
is that it's only 70 days Nick will be delighted it is only 70
days away. Northern Soul, the dance and music
movement which emerged in the '60s and '70s still has
many dedicated fans. But now, a new generation
of followers is on the scene, and their story is being highlighted
in a new exhibition. We sent out Arts Reporter Satnam
Rana to see them in action. The next generation
of Northern Soul Lovers. The Northern Soul first
emerged over 50 years ago, orginating from the Tamala
and Mowton Studios But it was unkown singers that
defined the music of the movement. it is all about as young people,
which highlight, because it comes from an older generation and it is
nice that we are taking over. 18 years old and they're going out on
knees all night is and are still dancing. It is fantastic. It is
never going to die. Good looking round, people bouncing, music
playing, nothing like it. Also on the dance floor,
Sarah Raine, a researcher from the Birmigham Centre for Media
and Cultral Research, When I dance, and lose myself, and
it is our freedom in that which I think is important.
and potographer Bethany Kane they've decided to document
I found the Northern Soul scene to my friends at work and I was
involved in the reggae scene, I was a reggae DJ, as it came naturally.
There's a surprise in a matter of young people. There are more the
time. Today Sarah adn Bethany are exposing
the young soulies as their work goes public in a free exhibition
at Birmingham City university's A lot of the books and films and
adverts are about the older generation, and the young generation
are as passionate. I think it is important to look at that side and
how it affects their lives. Northern Soul is still dominated
by its orginal fans but new followers are determined
to keep the faith, too. After a cold week, how's the weather
looking for the weekend? Rebecca is here with the forecast -
and you've been in search Yes, Mary, tomorrow marks the start
of Chinese New Year, and with that There will be celebrations taking
place throughout the region. Today they began in Birmingham
City Centre, and I went Bringing a splash of colour
to a cold January day in the centre of Birmingham -
celebrations to mark the start For Chinese people, it is about
having a new start to do away with bad things. We see things like... It
means to which prepares it -- prosperity, always smiling and
cheerful. Each year the event brings
in thousands of people to the city, and organisers are hoping this year
will be bigger than ever. Brown has a lot of culture and good
things happening, so I want to try and embrace that. A lot going on
across the city, in including dancing, and it is good luck to
touch one of these. But it's not just Birmingham
celebrating, across the West Midlands there are events taking
place, for these children in Stoke-on-Trent, there
was the chance to sample Festivities will take place
for the next 15 days, so all that's left for me to say
is...kung hei fat choy. I should be full of some luck. The
year of the Rooster, but is more suited to ducks and the weather this
weekend. It was a co-star today from any of us, but there has been a
battle taking place out there above us, and is between high-pressure and
this look pressure which is good is weeping and steady start to change
our weather. That'll happen this weekend. Today we started to see it.
Breaking through the clouds during the day for some of us, we got some
glorious blue skies, our weather Watchers helped to tell that story.
Cloud started to thicken this afternoon, and it is bearing some
rain as we head to this weekend, that is what we have got to come. We
will still get brightest bells, the sun coming through tomorrow
afternoon, and it is going to be less cold, I hesitate to say mild,
but as the Gulf through tonight the warm front will bring rain, and that
full P Withers overnight, and any second one sleeps in from the left.
Damages between three and six Celsius, yesterday many places
didn't get above freezing, are overnight averages will be much
better. We see that killed five turning into a westerly wind. That
is bringing something more pleasant and then as next weather system
comes in for Sunday. Tomorrow it is good to be a damp start for the day,
the rain cleared away and we will see some brightness. Showers never
too far away. I tempered as I started to climb, about whether we
should be for this time of year. Skies were clear and averages will
fall away for a time, plenty of moisture around, Subic gets hill
fog. Damages will be around freezing and four Celsius. It is the start of
Chinese new year celebrations in Birmingham, so take your brolly for
that. This is that weather system, still some discrepancy about how --
how far north it will go. It will be a rather soggy Sunday, but
temperatures an increased during the week.
From all of us on Midlands Today, have a great weekend.
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