Today, 06/08/2013 In today's programme

6 Aug 2013 Last updated at 10:05

Tuesday 6 August

Plans to create a culture of "zero harm" in the NHS in England are to be set out later. The Prime Minister is said to be seriously concerned by events on the border between Gibraltar and Spain. And we mark 200 years since Grimm's Fairy Tales were first published.
  • 6 Aug 2013 08:58:42


    Our editors this morning were Heba Ayoub and Dominic Groves. Coming up next on Radio 4, Allan Little charts the re-emergence of Turkey as a powerful global force. Good morning.

  • 6 Aug 2013 08:52:47


    Kenny Imafidon, who wrote a report for Southwark Council in London on gangs, and Celeste Houlker, editor of Live magazine, a youth magazine based in Brixton, south London, discuss what has changed on the second anniversary of the riots.

  • 6 Aug 2013 08:51:26


    The biggest "fatberg" ever found in a residential sewer has been removed by engineers in London. Gordon Hailwood, sewer contract manager for Thames Water, explains how he discovered the "fatberg".

    Catherine Mayer
    Word of the day courtesy of @BBCr4today: #fatberg. An iceberg of fatty waste lurking in the sewer.
    Ian Flynn
    Ian Flynn @ifflynn tweeted:
    @BBCr4today If you have fat left over, let it set and then dispose of it in your bin
  • 6 Aug 2013 08:41:19


    More worrying evidence of the terrible effect of bullying on-line: a teenager, Hannah Smith, who was 14, took her own life after months of bullying on the site Her father has put an appeal on Facebook urging parents to try to stop their children using the site. We're joined by Scott Freeman, founder of Cyber Smile Foundation, whose daughter has been a victim of online bullying.

  • 6 Aug 2013 08:26:46


    There is strong criticism of foreign aid charities on the front page of the Daily Telegraph this morning.  The chariman of the charity commission William Shawcross has told the paper that disproportiionate salaries risk bringing the wider charity world into disrepute. 

    Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the Association of Chief Executies of Voluntary Organisations, joins us now.

  • 6 Aug 2013 08:21:46


    Author James Scudamore's new book Wreaking is an old asylum that is in part inspired by Severalls psychiatric hospital in Colchester, which is hopeful of imminent redevelopment. The Today programme's Nicola Stanbridge went with James to look at the derelict asylum.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's one of the corridors at the asylum, which closed more than 50 years ago. #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's one last shot from inside Severalls - all pictures taken by Today's @Ed__Ram #r4today

    WATCH the audio slideshow of the photos that the Today programme's Ed Ram took inside the asylum:

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Here's author @jamesscudamore outside Severalls psychiatric hospital in Colchester #r4today
  • 6 Aug 2013 08:09:23


    Plans to create a culture of "zero harm" in the NHS in England are to be set out later. Dr Nick Pace, clinical director of theatre and anaesthetics at the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board, explains the idea, and Julie Bailey, whose mother died at Stafford Hospital and who founded the campaign group, Cure the NHS, reacts to the proposals.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Julie Bailey @curetheNHS says safe staffing levels are needed - the aviation industry would never run an aeroplane without sufficient staff.
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Dr Nick Pace, a clinical director of theatre and anaesthetics, says a culture of making patient safety the number one priority is needed.
    Mike Cummins
    @BBCr4today If we had a No Blame compensation scheme like NZ & Aus, these things would be fixed quicker. #r4today
    David Frise
    Sounds a bit like zero carbon in construction - more difficult than it looks @BBCr4today: Plans to create a culture of zero harm in the NHS
    Sabina Ahmed
    @BBCr4today fatuous questionnaires box ticking and targets are the ones which are harming the NHS and the patients. More staff than papers.
  • 6 Aug 2013 07:54:12


    Scientists say they are close to eradicating Guinea Worm Disease. Al-Hassan Adam, essential services campaign manager for Oxfam who grew up in a village which was severely affected, explains the symptoms of the disease, and Anne Mills, professor of health economics and policy at the LSE, explains the eradication attempt.

  • 6 Aug 2013 07:59:22


    In 1945 a miner called John Royse came across a seam of blue john stone, an ornamental stone used in jewellery, in a cavern in the Peak District. Mr Royce told a 19-year-old Peter Harrison about his find but he died before he could show him where it was. Seven decades later Mr Harrison has now found the stone.

    David Leon
    @BBCr4today blue John story photo Peter Harrison and John Turner at Treak Cliff
  • 6 Aug 2013 07:46:21


    England's cricket team retained the Ashes by drawing the third Test as rain ended Australia's final-day victory push at Old Trafford. The BBC's Sydney correspondent Jon Donnison gauges the mood from Australia.

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