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3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 07 February 2013

Morning news and current affairs with Sarah Montague and Evan Davis, including:

The prime minister has said medical regulators must now explain why no one has been disciplined after the Francis Inquiry detailed years of abuses at two Stafford Hospitals. The chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery council, Jackie Smith, and chief executive of the General Medical Council, Niall Dickson, discuss the accountability of doctors.

Plans to scrap GCSEs in key subjects in England and replace them with an English Baccalaureate Certificate are set to be scrapped by ministers. Nick Gibb, former schools minister, explains the reasons for the reversal of plans.

A BBC Breakfast poll suggests that 54% of workers in the UK are used to working through lunch. Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times management columnist, Lindsey Bareham, food writer, discuss dining "al-desco".


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Thursday 7 February

The government have abandoned plans to replace GCSEs with a new qualification. Europe's leaders will meet again today to try to agree the EU's long-term budget. And dining Al Desco – 54% of Britons work through their breaks and eat lunch at their desks, according to a BBC Breakfast poll.

  • 7 Feb 2013 08:54:58


    In our report on mid Stafford hospital yesterday Robert Francis blamed the culture of the NHS. In the banking scandals that have been so prevalent, the culture of the banking sector has been seen as a culprit. How do you go about changing culture in an organisation? We ask Sir John Stevens, head of the Metropolitan Police Service, and Graham Clark, of the Cranfield School of Management.

  • 7 Feb 2013 13:13:51


    The City of London may get a bashing for its financial wrong-doing, but not for its Philanthropy, or hefty donations to good causes. Awards held in London last night celebrated outstanding philanthropic achievement, and for the first time, a new category celebrating City philanthropy was included. We speak to Alderman Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London.

  • 7 Feb 2013 08:48:33


    Probation inspectors say that schools and social services in England and Wales are ignoring warning signs in children who then later go on to abuse other youngsters. The Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales Liz Calderbank speaks to Sarah Montague.

  • 7 Feb 2013 08:38:40


    A Saudi prince who has been serving a life sentence in Britain for the murder of his servant at a hotel in London is being sent back to Saudi Arabia to serve the rest of his sentence there. Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz after sujecting him to a "sadistic" campaign of violence and sexual abuse. We speak to Madawi Al -rasheed - an expert in Saudi life at King's College London.

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