Trouble at Worcester RoyalWorcestershireAcuteHospitalsNHSTrustmustmakeimprovementstoitsmaternityserviceatitsflagshiphospitalin Worcester, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says, following an inspection after alerts from whistle-blowers. The maternity service has been down-graded from ‘Good’ to “Requires Improvement”.TheinspectionwascarriedoutonDecember9thinresponsetoinformationreceivedaboutthesafetyofthematernity department, particularly around _•midwifery staffing levels, •risk and incident reporting and governance, •staffing levels often lower than planned, with midwives reporting that this led to them being frequentlymoved within the department.______________________________________________Influenza ahead ?Scientists fear that falling immunity levels to influenza - normally sustained by seasonal circulation of the virus - could now pave the way for one of the worst flu outbreaks for years.“If I had to gamble on it, then I would guess that we are likely to get a more severe epidemic in the coming winter - assuming restrictions are fully lifted by then. We have effectively missed out on flu this winter, so the levels of immunity are less than would be typical. In fact, it is not impossible that we will have an out-of-season epidemic perhaps in the autumn, rather than winter,”Prof John Edmunds, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a member of the government’s Sage committee of scientific advisers.______________________________________________“Happy Holidays” aheadA four-day Bank Holiday weekend has been confirmed to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, our longest reigning monarch; so next year things are changing a bit, with only one in the fifth month of the year (the early May Bank Holiday weekend).In pleasing news, however, there'll be another Bank Holiday in early June, as the usual late May Bank Holiday weekend is delayed to the sixth month of the year.The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday, June 2 with an additional Bank Holiday on Friday, 3 June.That makes a Bank Holiday ‘Four Day Weekend’ at the start of June – Thursday 2nd - Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th._______________________________________________Having to pay to get to BirminghamWith the launch of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone - CAZ - those straying too far from Wyre Forest into the area inside the A4540 Middleway Ring Road (but not the ring road itself) with highly-polluting vehicles facing a charge of £8 or £50 per week.Exemptions are available _ •for those who live within the zone or •work in the city centre and meet certain requirements •vehicles with a disabled or disabled passenger tax class (but not for a blue badge alone)with more information available from the city council's website: www.brumbreathes.co.ukVehicles which ‘fail’ will be charged £8 a day (in the first year) - pay 6 days before visit to 6 days after - to .Gov.UkFines are £120 - reduced to £60 for prompt payment.Appeals can be made to Local, then National agencies.Those living inside the ‘Middle Ringroad’ will be exempt - for the first year ONLY._______________________________________________Oil change ?There is not enough supply coming on stream to replace the structural decline in old oil wells and the exhaustion of oil fields and the crunch will come for Saudi Arabia and Russia over the next five years as electric vehicles eat seriously into global fuel demand. The Saudis need to hold oil prices in the sweet spot of $60 to $70 a barrel (50 gallons) - roughly where they are today - just high enough to keep their Kingdom afloat, but low enough to extend the oil era into the 2040s (they hope). Once Brent punches through $100, the cost advantage will switch rapidly to the green camp and accelerate the migration of Big Money into more lucrative green tech - the final heave that finishes off fossils once and for all (apart from lubrication). The paradox is that Net-zero targets and good behaviour codes (ESG) will make the problem worse before it gets better.All are adopting carbon neutral targets that can only be met by increasing spending on renewables and letting their oil production decline. Shell will cut oil output by 30pc this decade, BP by 40pc. But a low-carbon economy requires infrastructure. It requires bulldozers and trucks. It requires the mining of iron ore and thermal coal, their shipment to steel foundries and the movement of the finished products around the globe. More oil is needed to power the conversion to a non-oil economy !!
“Walk Quietly .. and Carry A Big Stick.”Thisadviceonpersonalsafetywhenout-and-about,fromnoneotherthan“BigMike”Tyson,themannick-named"IronMike"and"KidDynamite"inhisearlycareer(winninghisfirst19fightsbyK.O.-12oftheminthefirstround!)and later known as "The Baddest Man on the Planet", is hardly what our local Police would recommend.MoretotheirtastewouldprobablybetheWalkSafeapp,whichusespolicedatatomapthelocationsofreported crimessuchassexualassaults,knifecrimeandmuggings,andthendisplaystheseas‘pins’,whichhasrecently received prominence in the Wyre Forest.PeoplecanusethisinformationtochooseawalkingroutesincetheWalkSafeappscanstheroadaheadwhen usersareout-and-about.Theywillget‘alerts’whentheywalknearareasthathaveseenreportsofseriouscrime such as knife attacks, sexual assault, mugging and pick-pocketing.Wow ! Did you know that we are as ‘unsafe’ as that ? Theultimategoalofthosepromotingitisthat,evenifitsavesjustonepersonfromadifficultsituation,thenitwillall be worth it.And we agree, it would be.
KIDDERMINSTER•Blackwell Street - sexual assault/violence•Silver Street - sexual assault/violence•Windsor Drive - sexual assault/violence•Peacock Mews - sexual assault/violence•Leswell Lane - sexual assault/violence•Gheluvelt Avenue - sexual assault/violence•Near Blakebrook Gardens - sexual assault/violence•Franche Road, nr Marlpool Lane - sexual violence•Mouse Lane - sexual assault/violence•Cathedral Avenue - sexual assault/violence•Lincoln Crescent - sexual assault/violence•Winterfold Close - sexual assault/violence•Biset Avenue - sexual assault/violence•Brett Young Close - sexual assault/violence•Dunclent Crescent - sexual assault/violence
•Woodward Road - sexual assault/violence•Goldthorn Place - sexual assault/violence•Jubilee Drive South - sexual assault/violence•Ferguson Drive - sexual assault/violence•Near Clent Avenue - sexual assault/violence•Woodpecker Grove - sexual assault/violence•Dunlin Drive - sexual assault/violenceBEWDLEY•Shaw Hedge Road - sexual assault/violence•Dowles Road - sexual assault/violence•Near Ribbesford Road - sexual assault/violenceVILLAGES•Cleobury Road, Far Forest - sexual assault/violence•Vicarage Road, Stone - sexual assault/violence•Sladd Lane, Wolverley - sexual assault/violence•Lea Lane, Cookley - sexual assault/violence
STOURPORT•Lombard Street - sexual assault/violence•The Birches - sexual assault/violence•Near Wivelden Avenue - sexual assault/violence•Warwick Street - sexual assault/violence•Near Sandy Lane - knife crime•Near Worcester Road/Sandy Lane - sexual assault/violence•Farm Road - sexual assault/violence•Leap Gate Avenue - sexual assault/violence x2•Martley Road, Astley Cross - sexual assault/violence•Torridon Close - knife crime