Birmingham nurse 'did not know where the appendix is'

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A nurse who did not know where in the human body the appendix is has been suspended from the medical register.

Gurminder Toor, a nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, was also unable to calculate medication doses.

On one occasion, when asked how many 1.25mg tablets were required for a dose of 6.25mg, he said "500".

A panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) found more than 70 charges of incompetency proved.

Toor was also described as unable to use a syringe properly, not knowing what certain drugs were for, not understanding medical terminology, and thinking a hernia was a blood clot.

The NMC panel said: "[Toor's errors] had the potential to result in serious harm to the patients in his care and this had been avoided only by the interventions of the nurses who were supervising him."

He was suspended by the NMC for 18 months, "for the protection of members of the public and in the public interest".

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    BBC Local Live is back from 08:00 on Wednesday morning with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    Dry overnight 17:50:

    Any residual showers will generally die away this evening. It will be largely dry overnight with clear skies, leading to a chilly start to Wednesday morning. A minimum temperature of 4C (39F).

    Coming up on BBC One 17:46: Mary Rhodes Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    Back in the classroom - the head teacher who claimed she was forced out because parents and governors were enforcing an Islamic agenda,

    Give us our Hepworth back - campaigners in Wolverhampton demand to know where a sculpture worth millions of pounds has gone - and whether it will ever return.

    And we go into the Birmingham tunnels, closed for the summer, to find out how the refurbishment is going. Join me on BBC One from 18:30.

    'Reviewing compromise agreements' 17:43: Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    The Association of School and College Leaders says it is reviewing past compromise agreements reached with teachers in light of the so-called Trojan Horse allegations, both in Birmingham and more widely.

    So far it has not identified any cases of concern.

    Missing 12-year-old girl 17:39:

    Police have put out an appeal to try to find a missing 12-year-old girl from Balsall Heath.

    Aiken Eltaje

    Aiken Eltaje left her aunt's address in Vincent Street, Balsall Heath, on Monday and has not been seen since.

    She is black, has shoulder-length black hair and is thought to be wearing a white shell-suit top and black leggings. Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101.

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    'No decision' on statue 17:34:

    Joint owners of the Mander Shopping Centre in Wolverhampton, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Delancey, say they haven't taken a decision on what will be done with a Barbara Hepworth sculpture which once stood inside.

    Archive photo of Barbara Hepworth sculpture in Wolverhampton

    In a statement, they say: "It has simply been removed pending a major redevelopment of the shopping centre. However, RBS and the owners of the shopping centre are collectively looking at options which will allow the statue to continue to be enjoyed by the local community of Wolverhampton."

    Campaigner Richard Warren, who wants the statue reinstating, says: "What are the other options? It really is quite vague... Put the sculpture back."

    'Coach started shaking' 17:28:

    A mother who was on the coach with her two young boys describes the moment the bus crashed on the M5.

    Barinder Kaur

    Barinder Kaur tells the BBC: "The coach started to shake and everyone was screaming. The coach rolled over two or three times and then it stopped and there was glass everywhere.

    "We were all hanging upside down because we had our seatbelts on. The seatbelts saved my kids. It was really horrible."

    'Three released from hospital' 17:17: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    The Confederation of Passenger Transport tells us it's been told three of the six people taken to hospital following the coach crash on the M5 have been released from hospital.

    The ambulance service earlier said all of the six were being treated for minor injuries.

    Mystery over missing sculpture 17:07: Sarah Falkland BBC Midlands Today reporter

    This Barbara Hepworth sculpture in Wolverhampton is worth millions of pounds and it's now been missing for three months.

    Barbara Hepworth sculpture in Wolverhampton

    It's stood in the Mander Centre since it opened in 1968, but was removed by new owner the Royal Bank of Scotland, for "safe keeping".

    There's growing concern in the city that it may never be returned.

    News on the hour 16:58: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    A family pay tribute to an 18-year-old from Walsall who died after being found on the tracks at Birmingham's New Street Station.

    Jeevan Singh Dhanda was discovered with another man on 7 July. Hear more in the news bulletin on BBC WM shortly.

    School press conference 16:55: Alex Homer BBC News Online

    I've been at a press conference where Bhupinder Kondal announced she would be returning as principal of Oldknow Academy

    Bhupinder Kondal announcing she would be returning as principal of Oldknow Academy

    Ms Kondal gave me some insight into the "pressures" she faced during the months before her resignation, saying governors were "telling her how to run the school; asking to see timetables; trying to tell her which staff she should be taking on board".

    She had worked at the school for 12 years before handing in her resignation, which she has subsequently withdrawn to resume the role.

    'New pothole equipment' 16:36: via Facebook

    Dudley borough posts: "Our new pothole mending equipment will allow us to save time, money and the environment. See more here."

    'Difficult' few months 16:17: BBC Sport

    Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton has announced his immediate retirement from professional cricket because of a persistent back problem.

    Jim Troughton

    The 35-year-old batsman says: "After what has been a difficult 14 months dealing with back problems, I am devastated to concede that my playing days are over." Read the full story on BBC Sport.

    M5 reopens 15:58: BBC WM

    All lanes have now reopened on the M5 southbound following the earlier serious accident.

    Drivers are warned to expect delays in the area. Hear more on this story on BBC WM.

    M5 crash 15:44: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Distribution company PC Howard has tweeted this photo from the northbound carriageway on the M5, where a coach carrying people from Dudley crashed earlier.

    Crash on the M5 involving a coach from the West Midlands

    Read this story in full on BBC News.

    Inflation falls 15:31:

    The UK inflation rate fell more than expected in July as the cost of clothing, footwear, food and non-alcoholic drinks eased.

    Mvula in conversation 15:14:

    Singer songwriter Laura Mvula has had an incredible two years in the music industry. She speaks to BBC News about recording a live album with an orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.

    Laura Mvula talking to the BBC

    The 28-year-old from Birmingham talks about her musical journey to success, saying: "There's no ultimate goal for me. There is just the moment of now."

    Laura will take to the stage tonight at the Royal Albert Hall for a special BBC Proms appearance.

    Snake skins found? 15:05: Birmingham Updates

    What appears to be a large snake skin has been found in two locations in South Birmingham. See the photos and read more online.

    News on the hour 14:58: BBC WM

    A coach carrying more than 50 adults and children from Action for Children in Sandwell has overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire. We'll have the latest in our 15:00 bulletin.

    Head teacher returns to work 14:54:

    A head teacher who claimed she was forced to resign after coming under pressure from parents and governors who wanted to enforce an Islamic ethos at her primary school in Birmingham has returned to work.

    Bhupinder Kondal

    Bhupinder Kondal (pictured) withdrew her resignation after Ofsted placed Oldknow Academy into special measures.

    The previous Trustees of Oldknow Academy Trust have resigned and a new group of members are in charge, led by Birmingham councillor Dr Barry Henley.

    'Devastated' by retirement 14:42:

    England and Warwickshire cricketer, Ian Bell tweets: Devastated my mate and bro in law Troughts has had to retire. Huge loss to all concerned @CricketingBears on and off the field! #youbears

    'Never be the same without him' 14:25:

    The family of an 18-year-old man from Walsall have paid tribute to their "loving son and brother" after he died following an incident at Birmingham New Street.

    Jeevan Singh Dhanda

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    Mr Singh's father says: "[He] was a beacon of love and happiness who bought joy to everyone who knew him - our lives will never be the same without him and we were privileged to have had him for a short 18 years. Jeevan loved life and loved his friends and family equally."

    Investigations into bus crash 14:15:

    Police say they are in the early stages of investigations after a bus crashed into a ditch on the M5 southbound near J13.

    Yan Georgiou, from the roads policing unit, says: "Our priority at the moment is about the protection of life and minimising further risk to persons in and around the area."

    He tells BBC News the area will remain closed for some time.

    'Seatbelts saved passengers' 14:06:

    Seatbelts on a bus that crashed on the M5 earlier today saved the lives of passengers, police say.

    Yan Georgiou tells BBC News: "Many, if not all those passengers on that coach were wearing seatbelts - and I think it is the seatbelts which have minimised the risk and led to such a small number of causalities.

    "I think it would be a very different picture if people didn't take that personal responsibility and put those seatbelts on."

    News on the hour 13:55: BBC WM

    A Birmingham head teacher who claimed she was forced to resign because of the Trojan Horse allegations is insisting she's ready to return to work.

    Bhupinder Kondal

    Bhupinder Kondal says she's "delighted to be back". We'll have more in the news bulletin at 14:00.

    Leaving the scene 13:36:

    Paramedics say they are leaving the scene of the coach crash on the M5.

    South West Ambulance Service says there are long delays in the area and the southbound carriageway is likely to be shut for some time.

    Coming up on BBC One 13:23: Elizabeth Glinka Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On the programme this lunchtime, we'll have more on the breaking news that a coach travelling from Dudley to Western-super-Mare has overturned on the M5.

    We have reports that six people are injured and we'll be talking to our reporter at the scene. Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

    'Trojan' principal returns to school 13:12:

    The principal of one of the schools investigated over the alleged "Trojan Horse" plot, who resigned citing "undue pressure" from governors, has returned to her post.

    Bhupinder Kondal

    Bhupinder Kondal handed in her notice at Oldknow Academy in January.

    Shabina Bano, who chairs the Oldknow Academy Parents' Association, says parents would welcome Ms Kondal back because they wanted "stability as soon as possible".

    Strictly Come Dancing 13:04:

    Former Big Brother contestant Alison Hammond is to appear in the new BBC series of Strictly Come Dancing.

    Alison Hammond

    Alison, from Birmingham, presents ITV's This Morning as the programme's showbusiness reporter.

    She says: "I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly team. I am ready to immerse myself in glitter and hard work, with a dash of fun along the way!"

    Follow @BBCStrictly on Twitter for announcements of the new series.

    News on the hour 12:58: Alice Rosenthal Journalist, BBC WM

    A coach from Stourbridge carrying more than 50 adults and children has overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

    In the news at 13:00 we'll hear from the roads policing unit.

    Big delays on M5 12:43: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    There's a lot of traffic on the M5 following the closure at J13.

    Police are on the scene diverting traffic. BBC reporter Manpreet Mellhi says if you are travelling from the Midlands and heading towards Bristol "you are going to be diverted by police on to the A419 and signs have been put in place".

    Drivers are warned to expect big delays. Keep up to date with the latest on BBC Travel News Gloucestershire.

    Plan to expand solar 12:34: David Gregory-Kumar Environment correspondent, BBC News

    Inside a factory in Oldbury is a sight you normally see in China. A massive production line for solar panels.

    It's the first in the Midlands and the first of this scale and ambition in the UK. The aim is to beat the Chinese at their own game and produce high quality, affordable, British-made solar panels.

    And the goal for the next five years is to expand to a massive factory employing 500 people.

    Rail fare rise announced 12:20:

    Regulated rail fares will rise by 3.5% in January 2015, following the release of inflation figures for July.

    Rail fare rise infographic

    Under current arrangements, average fares increase by 1% more than July's inflation figures each year.

    Reporter heading to Stourbridge 12:08: Robert Thompson Editor, Midlands Today

    We'll have the latest from the scene at 13:30 as six people are treated after a crash on the M5.

    Our reporter Joanne Writtle is on her way to the Stourbridge base of Prospect Coaches, who were operating today's trip to Weston.

    News on the hour 11:59: Chris Blakemore News editor, BBC WM

    A coach from Stourbridge carrying more than 50 adults and children has overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

    In the news at 12:00 on BBC WM we'll have more from reporter Manpreet Mellhi who is at the scene.

    One of four coaches 11:47: Alex Homer BBC News Online

    I have just spoken to the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents operators of UK buses.

    It says its understanding is that the coach that crashed was one of four making the same journey today. The coach collected the passengers from a children's centre in West Bromwich at 08:30.

    The CPT says it has not yet had a chance to speak to the driver nor the authorities to find out more about the circumstances leading to the crash.

    Two air ambulances 11:34: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    We're told two air ambulances were sent to the crash scene on the M5, along with three fire engines. All those hurt are being treated for minor injuries.

    Air ambulance near the scene on the M5

    The police say there's no news yet on when the southbound carriageway will be reopened.

    One child and adults injured 11:20:

    South West Ambulance Service tweets: Number of casualties at M5 coach crash revised down to 6. All minor injuries. 1 child to Bristol Children's Hospital, 5 adults to Southmead.

    Only vehicle involved 11:17:

    South West Ambulance Service says the coach is the only vehicle involved in the crash.

    A Gloucestershire Police spokesman says transport is being provided to take passengers away from the scene.

    Seven injured 11:12:

    Seven people suffered minor injuries in the coach crash on the M5, the ambulance service says.

    South Western Ambulance Service says patients are currently being assessed at the scene and as a result the motorway is closed southbound between J13 and 14.

    Children in M5 coach crash 11:01: Robert Thompson Editor, Midlands Today

    A group of children from Dudley have been involved in a coach crash on the M5.

    The crash scene

    The youngsters, part of a group called Action for Children, were on their way to Weston-super-Mare.

    Fifty three people, also including adults, were travelling on the vehicle, from Prospect Coaches in Stourbridge. It's not clear how many have been injured.


    A coach from the West Midlands has overturned on the M5 in Gloucestershire.

    The vehicle left the motorway near J13, for Stroud, just before 10:00.

    The driver of the coach, registered with a Stourbridge-based company, has back injuries - the 53 passengers on board are not believed to have life-threatening injuries. Hear more in the news bulletin on BBC WM.

    Have your say 10:49: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place - and we write them all from here in Birmingham. We'd like to find out what you think about the service.

    Warwickshire captain retires 10:39: Mike Taylor BBC WM Sport

    The news that Warwickshire's captain Jim Troughton (pictured) has been forced to retire from the game by a persistent back injury is sad but not, unfortunately, a surprise.

    Warwickshire's captain Jim Troughton

    A graceful left-handed batsman and outstanding fielder, Troughton had a short spell in the England one-day side but gave more than a decade of fine service to the county.

    Promoted to captain in 2011, he proved to be an imaginative leader, unafraid to use creative tactics. The Bears came close to the Championship title in his first season and deservedly won it in his second.

    Dating scam woman loses £14k 10:27:

    A woman who was conned out of £14,000 in a dating scam, instead sending money to a West Midlands company, has had her case closed by police.


    The 56-year-old will lose the money she handed over to the man who claimed he was a Syria-based UN medic, as police could not track him down.

    A spokesman for West Midlands Police who investigated the fraud says: "Significant inquiries were conducted into the alleged fraud, which determined that the suspect had used a legitimate, unsuspecting overseas business in order to fraudulently receive and spend the victim's money."

    Rail fares rising 10:14: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Regulated rail fares will rise by 3.5% from January next year, following the release of July's inflation figures.

    News on the hour 09:57: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    The justice secretary is being criticised for refusing to say the Prison Service is in crisis.

    Chris Grayling admits though that the system is under pressure following a series of critical reports, including at three West Midlands jails.

    Hear more on this story in the news at 10:00 on BBC WM.

    Solar panel production 09:45: Midlands Today

    The first company to manufacture solar panels in the West Midlands region has gone into production in the Black Country.

    Sun Solar Energy Limited factory in Oldbury

    Sun Solar Energy Limited is based in Oldbury and is hoping to capitalise on the increasing demand for the technology.

    Across the region there have been 30 planning applications for large solar farms this year and the company is looking to expand to meet demand.

    Celebrity Big Brother 09:31: Birmingham Mail

    Celebrity Big Brother launched on Channel 5 last night, did you see it?

    Benefits Street star White Dee walked into the Big Brother house and into our front rooms. We take a look at the programme and who is likely to win.

    'World's most famous schoolgirl' 09:19:

    A BBC News School Reporter has met "the most famous schoolgirl in the world" - Malala Yousafzai.

    Holly and Malala meet up again

    Holly first met met Malala in July 2013 - both she and her circumstances have changed dramatically.

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    Man charged with stealing ambulance 09:08:

    A 37-year-old man has been charged with stealing an ambulance and assaulting paramedics in Bloxwich earlier this year, West Midlands Police says.

    News on the hour 08:57: Steve Hermon Journalist, BBC WM

    Our top story at 09:00 on the BBC WM news bulletin: We'll find out in the next hour just how much rail fares are going to increase by in the new year.

    The TUC are protesting at Wolverhampton railway station because they claim season tickets and regulated fares will go up by an average of 3.6% in January.

    M6 and M5 delays 08:44:
    • A lane is blocked on the exit slip road of the M6 northbound at J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway because of an accident involving two cars.
    • M5 lane closed southbound at J1, A41 (West Bromwich), because of a broken down vehicle

    Read the latest disruption on the roads on BBC Travel News.

    Back-to-back wins? 08:32: BBC WM Sport

    This evening Birmingham City aim for something they never achieved last season - back-to-back home league wins.

    After Saturday's impressive 1-0 victory over Brighton, Lee Clark's side host Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town at St Andrew's.

    You can hear full commentary of this match on BBC WM from 18:00 (not available online).

    Police breaches of social media 08:20:

    Hundreds of police officers have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines, it has been revealed.

    Social media apps

    Of 828 cases in England and Wales from 2009 to February this year, 9% ended in resignation, dismissal or retirement.

    West Midlands Police had the second highest number of investigations, at 74.

    Sunshine and showers 08:11:

    Showers are likely in places at first today, but many places will also see some sunny periods.

    Sunny spells and scattered showers will continue this afternoon. Feeling cool once again, with a high of 18C (64F).

    Good morning 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Birmingham and the Black Country.

    If you spot something happening in your local area which you think we should be covering, email or tweet @BBCWM.



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