Archives for June 2011

Surgery's Dirty Secrets - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 15:46 UK time, Monday, 27 June 2011

Panorama investigates concerns about the quality of surgical instruments being used on patients in the UK. Reporter Samantha Poling hears from those working inside the NHS who claim that tools with dangerous defects are being supplied to hospitals.

Panorama travels to Pakistan, where the majority of the world's surgical instruments are made, and finds an industry blighted by poor quality control and questionable ethical practices.

Reporter Sam Poling asks whether the NHS is sourcing goods ethically and is doing all it can to protect the health of its patients.

You can read the responses about surgical tool procurement from the NHS in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales here.

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BBC apology to Primark and our audiences

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Eamonn Walsh | 12:48 UK time, Tuesday, 21 June 2011

In 2008, we broadcast an hour-long Panorama special called Primark: On the Rack.

The programme included footage obtained in a workshop in Bangalore, India, of three boys carrying out an activity described as "testing the stitching" on Primark garments.

Primark complained about the programme. The main issue it raised was the authenticity of this footage.

The Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust concluded that it was more likely than not that the footage of the three boys apparently working on Primark garments was not authentic. This was a serious breach of editorial standards which caused unfairness to Primark. The footage should not have been broadcast.

The Committee considered that there is a strong public interest in Panorama conducting such investigations. However, there were serious failings in the making of this edition of the programme and they are not acceptable.

The BBC Trust would like to apologise unreservedly to Primark and to our audiences.


Somalia: Land of Anarchy


It is the ultimate failed state - a land of war, anarchy and piracy. And after Osama Bin Laden's death, its civil war with Islamist extremists has gained even greater importance to the West. But what is it like to live in the anarchy of Somalia?

Reporter Peter Greste goes where no western journalist has been to witness a crisis that threatens millions of lives. He ventures through the streets of Mogadishu, dubbed the most dangerous city in the world, to meet those who attempt to live amid a deadly civil war.

Greste visits refugee camps - among them the world's largest - as well as hospitals and markets along the frontline to witness the fighting at first hand.

We welcome your comments on this week's Panorama. Please use this blog as a forum to discuss the issues raised in this film.

Breaking into Britain - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 17:07 UK time, Thursday, 16 June 2011

Evan Davis uncovers the truth behind the economic migrants who cross continents to try to illegally enter Britain.

In a ground-breaking special edition of Panorama, two reporters set out to follow the journeys that these migrants take along the most popular and dangerous routes to the UK.

Shoaib Sharifi begins in his homeland of Afghanistan, following people as they enter Greece illegally. He discovers hundreds of fellow-Afghans sleeping on the streets of Athens, many with their children, and meets those who risk everything to smuggle themselves on lorries for Italy and beyond.

Ugandan-born Kassim Kayira looks at the trade in fake documents that many Nigerians are using to fly into the UK, before heading to the Sahara and North Africa to meet those prepared to risk death for their dream of getting to Britain.

And Evan Davis explores what Britain and the rest of Europe is doing to stop these economic migrants getting in. This is the story of people from across the world who risk their lives to find a way into Britain and a "Fortress Europe".

But just how hard is it to break into Britain? And why do so many risk so much to try?

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Can You Trust Your Bank? Join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 13:36 UK time, Monday, 13 June 2011

The Panorama team go undercover to test whether staff in our high street banks have learnt the lessons from the massive penalities imposed for mis-selling insurance and investment products.

Financial journalist Penny Haslam meets savers who have lost out because they were persuaded to put their money into risky investments and talks to former staff about the pressure they faced to sell.

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A Job to Get Work - join in the debate

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Eamonn Walsh | 16:48 UK time, Monday, 6 June 2011

The Government promises a welfare revolution, getting people off benefits and into work.

Panorama visits the seaside resort of Rhyl in North Wales where in some parts of the town, nearly half of the adult population are on benefits.

The programme follows the real life stories of some of the unemployed there, and asks the Government; can this battle really be won?

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