27/01/2017 Midlands Today


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Plans to restrict hip and knee replacements in Worcestershire

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to cut cost are described as "alarming".

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I'm very frustrated and I'm worried. I'm worried that they're going to

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leave me like this for a lot, lots longer.

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Hundreds of cannabis plants are found in an industrial-size

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The RSPB's big garden birdwatch starts this weekend.

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There are plans to restrict the number of hip and knee

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The proposal is that unless patients are in enough pain that it

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stops them sleeping, they won't be considered

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Our health correspondent Michele Paduano is in

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Well, this is an unusual situation because across the region people are

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having to make very difficult decisions and we already know that

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with a five-year NHS plan going forward there is talk of actually

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cutting planned operations back 20% but they have hit on what is going

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on here in Worcestershire. We have been today to see one lady, Susan

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Morris. She actually started trying to get onto a waiting list about a

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year ago in January and September because of a severe arthritis she

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got onto that waiting list for a knee operation but she doesn't know

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yet when that operation will take place and is clearly extremely

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distressed by the pain. They just don't seem to understand exactly

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what the patients go through. I'll go anywhere, I said I will go

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anywhere to have this operation, I don't even mind going up to Russell

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hall or somewhere like that, it's just as long as I can get it done. I

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can't afford to go private so I'm stuck. Well, I am joined now by the

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chairman of Bromsgrove clinical commissioning group and I had to ask

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you the question why are you changing the criteria, why are

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people going to have to suffer more pain before they can get these

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operations quiz green? The NHS only has a certain amount of money and I

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don't want patients in pain but we are clear that these are life

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changing operations and they should take place. We also very clear that

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in many cases actually if they could lose weight, perhaps we did use

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physiotherapy, and actually many patients don't need that surgery and

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I think that is probably the main thing. But you are rationing, aren't

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you? The Royal College of surgeons said there is no justification. The

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NHS is in a very, very difficult place at the moment, a certain

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amount of money can an ageing population, a good thing here in

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Worcestershire, but we only have a certain amount of money so we have

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to draw a line somewhere. So what we try to do with the money that we

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have, we have a statutory responsibility to make sure that the

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CCG comes in even, that actually we need to do that properly. The other

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night I thank you. There is going to be a lot of playing clearly for the

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people and the NHS in the years to come. That occurred a lot of pain.

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And we've been hearing from you today -

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if you have a comment on this story to share with us, good and bad,

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get in touch via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

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Police have uncovered a large cannabis factory in Staffordshire

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Our special correspondent Peter Wilson is at the

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Peter, how did they find out about this?

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Well, I am in a basement just below some fast food shops right in the

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centre of Burton upon Trent. And police have discovered more than 800

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cannabis plants and as is so often the case with these illegal cannabis

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factories, the smell is almost overpowering. With me now is Chief

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Inspector Rob Neeson. Rob, how did your officers discover the place? It

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is as simple as a member of the public calling us about some

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suspicious activity with a tractor. There was a tractor? Yes, it is

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incredible the length these people go to. As I have said they have

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discovered more than 800 and are going through forensics at the

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moment and they think the street value could be as much as ?400,000.

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Everywhere around here, and it bridges right the way around the

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corner you can see these garlic plants just hanging up here. That's

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not to mask the smell it in fact to keep bugs away but it certainly

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hasn't kept the police away. A 25-year-old man from Birmingham

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has appeared in court charged with murdering a man on a bus

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on Monday night. 36-year-old Leon Barrett-Hazle

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from Smethwick was stabbed and killed as he rode on the top

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deck of the 11A in Handsworth. Kieran Gillespie who lives

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in Handsworth appeared in court Events are being held

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across the West Midlands to mark There is a commemoration

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in Coventry this lunchtime Susi Bechhofer lives in Rugby

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and survived the holocaust when she and her twin

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were amongst 10,000 children But her mother, Rosa,

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was murdered in Auswitz. She says she hopes telling

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their story will help others. The RSPB's big garden birdwatch

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starts this weekend. The charity's asking us to record

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the birds that visit our gardens over the course of an hour,

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so they can work out which species are doing well,

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and which ones are struggling. So for some top garden bird-watching

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tips we sent Environment Correspondent David Gregory-Kumar

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to meet Springwatch star Kate MacRae, who took

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these amazing pictures... Last year in the RSPB's Big Garden

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Birdwatch half a million of us So let's get some tips

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for this weekend. What are your top tips

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for how to feed birds, how to get more birds

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into your garden? Well, I think you have

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to think of it a bit like a The more different kinds

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of food you can put out and different kinds of ways you can

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feed them, then the more different species you're going to

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attract because not all birds like the same food and not

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all like feeding in the same way. Kate has spotted over

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50 different bird species The Midlands gardenwatch top five:

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sparrow, blue tip, starling, blackbird and wood pigeon have

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all been caught by her cameras. But she records less

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common visitors, too, Well, one that is always

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really exciting to get is the woodpecker, and Great Spotted

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Woodpeckers were another species that have taken advantage

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of our changing in the way we feed. And this year the whole

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event has been extended by a day

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to cover the Monday as well as the weekend,

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and that means you don't

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have to do a whole hour in your garden,

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you could Garden Birdwatch is our largest

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citizen science experiment, providing vital information on how

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all our garden birds are doing. David Gregory-Kumar,

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BBC Midlands Today, Lichfield. And for more details on how

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to take part in the garden birdwatch, check out David's

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blog at bbc.co.uk/davidgregorykumar. Time for the weather

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now, with Rebecca. Will it be good weather

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for bird-watching? Still chilly in the centre

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of Birmingham this lunchtime, although the Chinese New Year

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celebrations are warming things up. For this weekend a change

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is on the way - bringing something a little milder,

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but I'm afraid we will see rain at times through

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the next couple of days. We've been very settled

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recently with high pressure controlling our weather -

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but gradually this weekend low pressure will take charge

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and with that we will see weather ahead of that cloud will thicken

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and it will be a wet afternoon - but that should introduce

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a different, milder airmass so temperatures climbing

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to six celsius today - With another cold front working

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in from the west overnight, there will be more rain to come,

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slowly moving in from the west, that will keep temperatures up

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to between three and five Celsius. Although it's a wet start

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to Saturday, that weather front will clear away and there will be

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sunny spells left behind, but showers will follow

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on through the afternoon. Temperatures up to eight Celsius,

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so feeling much different to how For sunday there is still some

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uncertainty as rain works its way across the south of the country -

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it could push a little further north or drop a little further south,

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but it does look like there will be I am off to touch a lion, apparently

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it is very good luck! Later, if you remember

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the music of Northern Soul, you're in for a treat

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in Midlands Today, The FA Cup fourth round,

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next weekend, across the BBC. It's incredible, the changes that

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have occurred in just 50 years. Oh, my goodness me,

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I don't like the look of that. The Robshaws are going back in

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time again... Feel a little bit

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overwhelmed at the moment. How people did this every day,

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I don't know. Calf's head. Leave the teeth

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out of it, won't you? It's incredible, the changes that

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have occurred in just 50 years.

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