09/01/2017 Midlands Today


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The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has highlighted

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the Worcestershire Royal as the most troubled hospital in England.

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His comments come after the deaths of two patients who were waiting

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in corridors in A and another who was found on a ward.

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Earlier in the day, he met the Redditch MP Karen Lumley

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and gave her assurances about extra support for the county's hospitals.

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So, Ben, today's statement was pretty bleak for Worcestershire?

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The comments today have been pretty damning.

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The Health Secretary's said the Worcestershire Royal

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is the hospital he's most worried about anywhere in the country.

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It's in special measures, without a current chief executive

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and then there were these three deaths this week.

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This afternoon, Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons

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that the problem of patients waiting on trollies was mainly down to just

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The most recent statistics show that nearly three quarters of trolley

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In Worcestershire in particular, there have been a number

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of unacceptably long trolley waits, and in the media, two reported

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We're also aware of ongoing problems in north Midlands,

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with extremely high numbers of 12-hour trolley waits.

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Responding to Mr Hunt, the Shadow Health Secretary,

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Jonathan Ashworth, asked if the Government would take action

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One of the most upsetting reports to come out of hospitals last week

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was the death of two patients at Worcestershire Royal who had been

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Can I ask the Secretary of State if he will commit to personally lead

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Karen Lumley met with Jeremy Hunt today. What was her discussion

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about? Problems at the Worcestershire Royal

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haven't been helped by the transfer of a number of services

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from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, but the town's MP,

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Karen Lumley, said she was given a number of assurances

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from the Health Secretary. He gave us assurances

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that they are putting They are also opening another ward

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now to make sure that we alleviate But, as I said to you just earlier,

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that is in the short-term and is what is needed,

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but in the longer term, we need to make sure that this

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does not happen again. A spokesperson from

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the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust told me they're currently

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holding internal reviews into all three deaths

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and until they're completed They say they're working hard

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at reducing the time people are waiting on trolleys,

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but accept that patients are waiting longer than

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they would like and apologised A group of Morris dancers

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were forced to abandon a performance in the centre of Birmingham this

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weekend after being Several of the troop

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from Worcestershire had blackened their faces in line

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with some Morris dancing traditions. But a number of onlookers took

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exception and disrupted the dance. the practice dates back centuries

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and is not linked to race. It was supposed to be

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family-friendly fun, a traditional Morris dance

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to entertain shoppers and celebrate But at the Birmingham Bullring,

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a young, dark-skinned man Some of them had

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blackened their faces. He angrily and repeatedly

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called them racist. According to one account,

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hats were not from heads, Do not think you will not

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hurt someone's feelings! The dancers received

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such abuse, they decided I have spoken to the treasurer of

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the group, they are still deciding I'm told one of the members

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was so upset by the experience that he considered

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reporting it to the police. At the Bullring today,

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it was not hard to find others Will it equate incorrect and they

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should not have done it. I don't know the gave them license to feel

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they can do that in a cosmopolitan city like Birmingham. It is our

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tradition. People bothered to look into why they did it with their

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faces, it has nothing to do with race, with a multicultural society,

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we don't do that kind of thing you. Shropshire-based Mike Rust has been

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a Morris dancer for nearly 30 years. He says the practice of backing up

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data on the 17th century, when they dance was banned,

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and the dancers sought It is one of our ancient tradition

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that we enjoy doing. It comes from the rural parts of the Midlands.

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Herefordshire, Shropshire and Abbot of Worcester.

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Multicultural Birmingham seems to be in a little dome of itself,

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and what happens there is separate what happens out here.

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The police say they are aware of the incident and are reviewing

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information received, but have not started

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Well, you've been sending in your reaction to this story this evening.

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On e-mail, Mike in Telford says this is not racist,

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but has been part of a very old tradition.

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Mrs Rowlands from Bewdley says, I'm annoyed at the ignorance

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of those people who display a lack of knowledge of our English heritage

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and think they can disrupt and change our culture.

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But on Twitter, Pheobe says, blacking up is literally never OK,

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And on Facebook, Suzanne Morris says, this is not racist,

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Although a very old tradition, I think the "black face"

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Thank you very much for getting in touch.

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Two people died in a burning car after a crash that shut part

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of the M6 in Warwickshire in the early hours of this morning.

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Their vehicle hit a barrier on the motorway near Corley services.

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A man and a woman were confirmed dead at the scene.

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The road was closed for several hours, causing lengthy hold-ups

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on many surrounding roads during the morning rush hour.

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A large boulder which fell 40 feet down a cliff onto a railway line

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in Gloucestershire is continuing to cause disruption to services.

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Engineers have spent the day breaking it up into smaller pieces,

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but Network Rail say the line may not reopen before the morning.

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A boulder - six feet by four - which came tumbling down a steep

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It was fortunate that a train on the other line spotted it first

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Engineers have been on the track, near Kemble, all day.

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They have been breaking the lump up bit by bit.

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It had clearly broken through metal netting and cables drilled

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into the tight cutting to minimise the impact of landslides.

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We have had some minor falls from time to time,

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which is why the netting is there, to help the cutting

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Well, it is not designed to cope with anything of the size we saw

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Trains from Gloucester to Swindon have been able to pass

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through here at five miles per hour, but commuters wanting to get

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from Swindon to Gloucester have tried to use the bus service.

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That may continue while Network Rail's investigations

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We need to check that all the signalling equipment

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and the actual track itself is safe to run trains over.

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It is pretty robust but it has had a serious knock today.

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We're also taking some investigations into what is still up

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there the cutting wall, to see there's anything else

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that is likely to condone what need to do about that.

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The tight, rocky ravines here are a known problem

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It is close to the Sapperton Tunnel, which has undergone major

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repairs in recent years because of instability

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It could be that CCTV remote movement sensors could be

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installed here in future, which would raise the alarm

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If you live in Warwickshire, then you may have spotted some

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They were apparently paid-for by a woman called "Linda" seeking

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revenge against her cheating partner "Graham".

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Well, mystery continues to surround the identity of the couple,

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with some claiming it could be a publicity stunt.

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I don't think Linda meant it to be shared in America be on the BBC,

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but it is out there now and it is there for everyone to see.

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It's not a love story, it is an anti-love story,

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Like, who is she and why has she done this?

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On to sport, and the draw's been made for the fourth

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round of the FA Cup this evening, with both of our remaining

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Wolves will play either Plymouth or Liverpool,

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while Birmingham City will travel to Oxford United -

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if they can beat Newcastle in the third round replay.

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Good evening. Rumour has it that there could be some snow later this

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week and indeed there could be across some parts of the country.

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The north, west and east but less so here in the Midlands. This is how it

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looked across our region this morning. A lot of rain, dull and

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dreary, and this is how it ended up. This is how will shape up later this

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week after the mild and cloudy conditions we have cold, windy

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conditions from mid week onwards. At the moment, it is a case of wintry

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showers, nothing too substantial. In contrast, tonight is quite mild.

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Temperatures above freezing. We have a bit of rain to get through, some

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spits and sports in places. We start tomorrow on a cloudy zero but with a

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bit of brightness. Again, flickers of rain across the North and

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travelling southwards as well. Going into tomorrow night, temperatures

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drop slightly. Laws of around 5-7 C. A lot of cloud and much drier

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conditions with the odd spot of rain here and there. This. To pep up as

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we head into Wednesday's cell. Wednesday is largely dry. Cloudy

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start to the day but temperatures will be on the mild side through

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much the date, up to 10 Celsius. The cold north-westerly will bring

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cleaner air and clearly cloud. It will bring as much lower

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temperatures by Thursday. Looking further ahead, be strong

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north-westerly wind introduces Arctic air and bring some of the

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showers on Thursday. Wintry on high-risk game but temperatures

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struggling to 34 Celsius. precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty

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nights. The national weather forecast now.

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Wet and windy weather across the western side of Scotland.

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Blood-pressure is in charge of the weather, lots of isobars and it

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remains windy overnight across northern and western parts of

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Scotland. It will blow a gale here. That is the north-west quadrant of

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the UK, that is where we expect most of the overnight rain. Within

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north-westerly breeze it is chilly and by the end of the night it is

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three or 4 degrees in major towns and cities, rural spots lower than

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that, and a risk of icy patches in some places. Across the eastern side

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of Scotland not much rain, more on the west, still breezy but not as

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windy

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