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Health managers in Worcestershire have announced they're planning

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to follow Shropshire's example by making it tougher

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to qualify for a hip or knee operation on the NHS.

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They want to reduce the number of operations carried out

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by only offering them to patients who are in so much pain

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Here's our health correspondent Michele Paduano.

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Severe arthritis makes normal walking an agonising

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The 72-year-old from Pershore believes the

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She's been trying for a knee replacement for a year,

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and on the waiting list since September.

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Now she worries her wait will count against her.

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They just don't seem to understand exactly

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I've said I'll go anywhere to have this operation done.

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I don't even mind going up to Russell Hall or somewhere

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like that, just as long as I can get it done.

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I can't afford to go private. So I'm stuck.

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In future, most hip and knee replacements in Worcestershire

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will be carried out at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

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But there is a scoring system to qualify.

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Those paying for the operations have made it harder.

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The Royal College of Surgeons said and arbitrary decision to restrict

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The Royal College of Surgeons said an arbitrary decision to restrict

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NHS care on the basis of pain and disability was alarming.

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The commission hopes to save ?2 million, but it says that

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ignores the potential impact of delayed treatment,

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But with a ?9 million deficit, commissioners here say they're

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This sits in a very difficult place with us as a clinical

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It's sits in a very difficult place with me as a doctor.

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You know, I have responsibilities to my individual patients,

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but we've also got responsibilities in terms of the amount

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We asked people in Worcester their thoughts on rationing care.

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If people need hip operations, they should be given hip operations,

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and I think they could make savings in other places.

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It's not really what we grew up to understand what

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It's unfortunate, but I don't see that there's a lot

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that we can do about it, given the climate.

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We're putting more money into the health service,

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but there is this fundamental question of is going

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but there is this fundamental question of is it going

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Is it being allocated fairly as well?

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If the British public wants to spend more on the NHS,

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and it looks like we're getting indications that maybe they do,

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We are doing that at the moment, but maybe the message

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For Mrs Morris, restricting her movement makes her life miserable.

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Michele Paduano, BBC Midlands Today, in Pershore.

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Around 800 cannabis plants have been found by police

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in a series of basements in Burton on Trent.

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Together, they form one of the largest factories found

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The plants have an estimated street value of ?400,000.

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A series of events have been held across the Midlands

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At County Hall in Worcester, children from five schools joined

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with members of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities

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to reflect on the mass murder of Jews under Nazi Germany.

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The day also remembers the victims of other genocides such as those

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carried out in Rwanda, Dafur and Cambodia.

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carried out in Rwanda, Darfur and Cambodia.

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More than 1800 drivers were caught using their mobile phones

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by Staffordshire Police between 2014 and 2015.

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But the force still doesn't think the message is getting through.

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It's been taking part in a nationwide crackdown this week,

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ahead of a change in the law to bring in even stiffer penalties.

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There can't be many people who don't realise that holding or talking

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on your mobile phone while driving is illegal,

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She's talking to somebody. Her phone's in her hand, see it?

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We're on patrol with PC James Ralph and Sergeant Mick Scott

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They've just stopped a woman who was talking on her phone

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Any use of the phone, other than hands-free,

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Is that quite a popular misconception that people think

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It's probably a little bit of that and it's a little bit of "I'll just

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have it down here and loudspeaker and perhaps people won't notice."

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Amongst the people we stop, there seems to be a mixture

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of confusion over the rules and those who admit

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You see as a fair cop? You just made a mistake?

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Yeah, it's a fair thing, I understand.

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At the moment, the typical penalty for this sort of offence is three

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points on your license and a fine of about ?100, and police forces

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also have discretion, with some operating safety courses

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as an alternative. But all of that looks set to change.

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The government wants to introduce a new system,

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which would mean an automatic six points on your license

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The aim is to create a deterrent in a world where

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Credit card in one hard, mobile phone in the other.

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The battle for hearts and minds continues.

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Elizabeth Glinka, BBC Midlands Today, Staffordshire.

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An exhibition showcasing the underground Northern Soul scene

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in the West Midlands opened today at the Birmingham City

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All Because of You has been put together by a researcher

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and photographer who wanted to document the younger generations

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now enjoying the Northern Soul movement in the region,

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now enjoying the Northern Soul movement in the region.

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Onto sport now and the 16-times world champion Phil Taylor

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from Stoke has announced that 2017 will be his final year

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on the Professional Darts Corporation tour circuit.

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The 56-year-old won his first world title in 1992 and went onto win

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eight successive titles between 1995 and 2002.

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He says he may still play in the Premier League and the World Series.

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And there's just one result to bring you from the Rugby tonight.

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Gloucester drew with Bath 17-17 in Round One of the Anglo Welsh Cup.

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That's all from the late team, but there's just time to wish

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Traditional celebrations have already got underway

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across the region to welcome in the Year of the Rooster tomorrow.

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I hope you have a lovely weekend and that the ones up a little, that

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stick a look at that weather. Goodbye. -- let's take a look.

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Well, steadily, our weather is changing and that change comes

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tonight in the form of the band of rain

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We'll see it right the way across the region,

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perhaps across eastern parts arriving a little later,

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but it is holding up our temperatures.

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During the day yesterday, they stay below freezing

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Overnight tonight, we'll see them ranging

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between between two and five Celsius.

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Our weather is finally changing. Low pressure is taking charge,

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so we see the weather system clearing away.

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A westerly wind direction, which should help to import

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something a touch milder, so our temperatures will

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start to rise as we head through the weekend.

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We'll start the day tomorrow with that rain band across us,

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We'll be left with something drier, brighter, some sunshine,

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but some sunshine pepping up during the day as well.

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Temperatures doing better, ranging between five and seven Celsius.

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As for Sunday, we've got an area of rain which is going

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Still some uncertainty as to how far north it will get,

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More information on all of that in the national forecast next.

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I'll leave you with an outlook for the next few days.

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Good evening. Not many would argue that January hasn't been dry, but

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today, many of us had our first significant rain for some time,

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because the transition is on from cold, Continental dry air to milder

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Atlantic air, but the transition is a slow one. So we have had ice

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today, and freezing fog, in northern England. We had a little sunshine as

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well in Norfolk, but we still have the cold air around and about in the

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north. All this rain you can see, which is giving is a wet day in some

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areas, 10-15 millimetres of rain has fallen, as it comes north there

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could be some winter it issues. Snow already falling over Scotland,

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possibly over northern England, possibly some sleet

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