20/01/2017 North West Tonight


20/01/2017

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12 hour shifts without a break, faulty equipment and patients' lives

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Just some of the shocking claims made tonight by two whistle-blowers

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Yesterday, the service was told it has to improve

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But the whistle-blowers say the true scale of the problem

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Abbie Jones has this exclusive report.

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It's got to the point where I think people's lives are in danger.

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the stress that everyone is under at the moment.

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You might go to a bad job which might affect you,

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but you aren't allowed to let that affect you because you've got

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They work on the front line and say they and their

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These ambulance staff have put their jobs

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We've disguised their faces and their voices

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The public needs to know how understaffed we are.

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Yesterday's Care Quality Commission report found

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one in six paramedic posts were unfilled when inspectors

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visited, meaning extra workload for staff.

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But, these whistle-blowers say, also putting lives in danger.

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You've got paramedics and you've got emergency medical technicians,

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EMTs, who aren't trained to do exactly

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If they're sent out, a paramedic is promised

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but nine times out of ten, there's not staff

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And EMTs are left with the families screaming at them to do things.

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Because you've got a patient who can't have treatment then.

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Because they can't give the treatments that's required.

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The CQC found that between December 2015 and made 2016, there

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were over 2500 incidents where front-line staff waited over

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Staff go home wondering what they could have done,

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Patients are in a life-threatening situation and they're

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The whole system needs looking at because it just isn't working.

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These whistle-blowers say its equipment as well

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as staffing that is woefully lacking.

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You do, like, a makeshift or you're stealing things from other

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Some doors don't even open from the outside,

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so if there's an accident, you wouldn't be able to get out.

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These men say they've complained to managers that change hasn't

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happened, that they and the public desperately need protection, that

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speaking out is their last resort to make that happen.

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The North West Ambulance Service has admitted in a statement tonight

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that there have been delays in back up ambulances arriving.

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It blames more call outs and pressure on the NHS.

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It says staff taking breaks depends on the number of incidents

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And that it's addressed issues with equipment and has worked hard

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to put right the issues the CQC and the whistle-blowers raised.

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The Manchester family devastated by a road crash in Saudi Arabia

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have been remembered during Friday prayers in Manchester.

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A baby boy and his grandparents were among those killed

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The child's mother, brother and sister

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were injured in the accident which claimed six lives in all.

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Our chief reporter, Dave Guest, has more.

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Friday prayers in Manchester for lives lost so many miles away.

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At the Central Manchester Mosque, they're remembering a local family

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who are mourning four members, killed when their

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minibus crashed in Saudi Arabia.

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They'd been on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

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And we pray specifically for this family who lost their lives

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Among the dead, Adam Anis, just two months old.

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Adam is pictured here with his grandfather, Mohammed Kurshid,

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He was a very, very jolly, friendly and such a beautiful human being.

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Mr Kurshid's wife Nosheena, and her sister Rabia also died,

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along with two relatives from Glasgow.

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Baby Adam's mum, Atika, was also injured along

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with her other children aged two and three.

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So too were three other members of their group

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who had been aboard the minibus when it crashed on a motorway while

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18 members of the family flew out to Saudi last night to comfort those

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who survived and to attend the funerals of those who didn't.

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Those funerals were due to happen today in

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the holy city of Medina, the place where they had been

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It is a time of sadness, but I think the family

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should take some kind of solace in the fact that they will be

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The mother of a man, who was shot by police,

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has told the inquiry into his death she believes it was murder.

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Father of two Anthony Grainger was shot

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by a firearms officer from Greater Manchester Police in 2012.

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The force believed Mr Grainger was part of a group

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A man who used a blow torch to dry roof timbers

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at a hotel on the Isle of Man, causing ?17 million of damage,

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was told by a judge today that he'd come "within a whisker"

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64-year-old Roy Cross had been carrying out repairs

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at the Mount Murray in November 2013.

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He was found guilty of three health and safety breaches

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Steven Gerrard is returning to Liverpool as a coach.

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He'll take up a position within the Academy and help

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He would seem the perfect choice, having started

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as a youngster at the Academy himself, and spending the next

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17 years at Anfield, making more than 700 appearances

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Liverpool say he'll bring "invaluable experience and expertise

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garnered from a glittering career at the highest level."

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One football result to bring you tonight

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and Bury have drawn 2-2 at Port Vale.

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Both Shakers goals coming from James Vaughn.

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much brighter. Good evening. Today was a bit chilly actually at times.

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We had plenty of sunshine. We are going to see the warm air continuing

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to flow away over the weekend so Saturday and Sunday will be chilly

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but it should be mostly dry and in fact, tonight, mostly dry already

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very cold underneath clear skies. You can see Frost already forming.

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Light winds and we may seize and fog patches here and there as well. In

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terms of temperatures, because it is so cold, we will see them dropping

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below towns and cities and definitely in many rural areas so

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expect a chilly start tomorrow morning. Some of fog patches

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lingering for a time. Frost slaughter clear. This buzz of

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sunshine expected in the afternoon, light winds. Turning cloudy much

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later in terms of temperatures, disappointing because it is cold.

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Top temperature of four or 5 degrees tomorrow. Tomorrow night a bit

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cloudy but it will be called, loads of -2 or maybe -3 super Sunday,

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another cold day, a bit cloudy and the outlook

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feel cooler. Can we keep it going until the start of the new week? I

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suspect we can. Unconfirmed about -- concerned about the fog around. Here

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is Helen with the national picture. Good evening. The weather is upon

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us. The cloud has made all the difference this week in particular.

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We have had some wonderful weather watcher pictures, this is Marlowe in

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Buckinghamshire, this was Conwy earlier in the day. Some areas still

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have the cloud. What a difference that makes. Edinburgh, the central

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lowlands, plagued by this band of narrow cloud, overnight more

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