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Summary

  1. New job 'created' for under-fire Southern Health boss
  2. Director of public health warns of huge rise in over 85s
  3. Parents' anger at school closure
  4. BBC Oxford's Lilley Mitchell tracked on traffic cam

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Southern Health documentary on tonight

A BBC South documentary team has had exclusive access to the under-fire Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and former chief executive Katrina Percy. 

You can watch Broken Trust tonight at 19:30 on BBC One, or on the BBC News Channel at 20:30, and afterwards on the BBC iplayer.   

Disability charity says NHS trust 'delivered nothing'

An open letter sent today to Southern Health chairman Tim Smart from the Oxford learning disability charity My Life My Choice says the trustees will no longer support the trust's leadership.It said: "After considerable time and effort by our charity’s champions in trying to help the leadership of Southern Health act in a responsible and kind way we now know that we have been wasting our time.

"After Connor Sparrowhawk’s death in 2013 the leadership of Southern Health were falling over themselves to speak with the people with learning disabilities that lead our charity."

It added that after making many promises in the aftermath of Connor's death Southern Health had "delivered nothing".

Hospitals pipeline plan awaits verdict

Controversial plans to link the John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals by pipeline will be discussed by Oxford City Council tonight. 

Oxford hospital pipeline
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The link would transfer excess heat between sites, saving Oxford University Hospital's Trust £11.5m over 25 years. 

Planning problems have delayed digging - in January work was halted as the project lacked the right permissions. 

Motorbike and car in Wheatley road incident

We have more information on that road closure in Wheatley.

Thames Valley Police was called to the incident on Old London Road at 16:02 and it involved a motorbike and a car.

The fire service and ambulance service are also at the scene.

Travel update: London Road in Wheatley blocked

BBC Travel

London Road in Wheatley is blocked near the Old London Road junction, because of an accident.

Whooping cough cases increase

Cases of highly infectious whooping cough have increased by 25% across the south region, posing a serious risk to babies and young infants, NHS England has warned.

There were 1,141 cases of whooping cough in the region in 2014, increasing by over 25% to 1,432 in 2015. 

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Dr Nigel Acheson, regional medical director, said it can lead to pneumonia, brain damage and even death.

"On average just 60% of women receive the vaccination, meaning many are putting their baby at risk, he added.

Travel update: Water main work slows Botley traffic

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A420 Botley Road in both directions in Oxford at the Abbey Road junction, because of water main work and temporary traffic lights.

Little Voice on the radio

Earlier Danny Cox spoke to Sarah Moss, star of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at The Chipping Norton Theatre.

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The production, which the theatre calls its biggest to date, begins next Wednesday.

Travel update: Slow traffic in Burford

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A40 in both directions in Burford between the White Hill junction and the B4020 Shilton Road junction in the roadworks area.

Passengers, friends and colleagues pay tribute to 'dancing' Oxford bus driver

Oxford Times

Passengers, friends and colleagues have paid tribute to a "dancing" Oxford bus driver who died when his car overturned in Wantage.

Irregular heartbeat linked to higher heart attack rate

Press Association

People with an irregular heartbeat have a higher risk of heart attacks, heart failure, kidney problems and sudden cardiac death, a new study involving Oxford University scientists has found. 

Atrial fibrillation - having an irregular heartbeat - has already been linked to an increased risk for stroke. 

But links between the condition and other cardiovascular problems are less clear. 

Chalgrove Airfield sale 'will help raise £225m for public purse'

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Chalgrove Airfield's sale will be part of efforts by the Ministry of Defence to raise £225m for the public purse.  

Ageing Oxfordshire: Report 'feels like Groundhog Day'

Paul Cann, chief executive of Age UK Oxfordshire, said reading the director of public health's report "felt like Groundhog Day".

He added it "ought to be good news we are living longer" but that issues surrounding how we care for an ageing population had been put in the "too difficult tray".

I will only be a problem if we let it become a problem. We need to find money for more community care, and value older people's energy and talent to keep them active.

Paul CannChief executive of Age UK Oxfordshire

Ageing Oxfordshire: GP calls for more financial support

Matthew Cheetham, a GP from Oxford, insisted more funding was needed to deal with the older patients' complex, chronic health issues.

It's regular for me to see a patient aged over 80 with issues such as diabetes, dementia, chronic pulmonary disease and others. You try sorting that out in a 10-minute appointment. We will need more GPs, nurses and healthcare assistants. That will just have to happen.

Matthew CheethamOxford GP

CATCH UP: Live at traffic control

We were at the traffic control centre all morning. Leader of the county council, Ian Hudspeth took your traffic questions live. Have a watch...  

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Woman dies in Banbury road crash

A woman has died after a road crash in Banbury on Monday morning.

The 19-year-old, from Northamptonshire, died after the silver Toyota Yaris she was travelling in hit a tree next to the A361 near Williamscote Hill.

The driver, also a 19-year-old woman from Northants, was taken with her to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. She was released from hospital with minor injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision or who saw the silver Toyota Yaris before the collision.

Council leader criticises drivers over Frideswide Square damage

County council leader Ian Hudspeth has criticised drivers for damaging kerbs at the recently revamped Frideswide Square junction in a BBC Oxford Facebook Live.

Ian Hudspeth speaking to BBC Oxford on Facebook Live
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Ian Hudspeth speaking to BBC Oxford on Facebook Live

Work to fix damaged kerbs has again begun this week, less than a month after work was carried out to repair damaged kerbs at another part of the £6.7m junction.

The work is at another location where people are overrunning the kerbs and causing cracking underneath. We're repairing them and making them stronger, but what's interesting to see is we have temporary barriers in place and drivers are able to get round. The correct road radius is there, and we ask drivers to respect that junction and drive on the road surface.

Ian HudspethLeader, Oxfordshire County Council

Botley Road likely to be partially closed for at least three days after water main erupts

Oxford Mail

Botley Road is likely to be partially closed for the next three days at least, because of a burst water main. The road surface just in front of Abbey Road near the One fusion restaurant erupted this morning as gushing water forced its way through the Tarmac.

WATCH: Ex-chief's 'tears' over job

Ahead of her recent departure as chief executive at under-fire mental health trust Southern Health, Katrina Percy told the BBC it had been "really pressurised and really difficult".

Southern Health chief's 'tears' ahead of resignation

Ageing population will 'change society'

An ageing population means increased pressure for GPs to deal with complex, chronic health issues
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An ageing population means increased pressure for GPs to deal with complex, chronic health issues

Matthew Cheetham, a GP from Oxford, insisted more funding was needed to deal with the older patients' complex, chronic health issues.

An ageing population means increased pressure for GPs to deal with complex, chronic health issues

Ageing population will 'change society'

A report from Oxfordshire's director of public health warns of a huge rise in the number of people aged over 85, meaning the county has to find new ways to provide services.

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Ageing population will 'completely change nature of society'

The rising number of older people living in Oxfordshire could "completely change the nature of society", according to a new report. 

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A 48% increase in the number of people aged over 85 is expected by 2026, the director of public health said. 

Jonathan McWilliam said it was a real game-changer for services and meant "doing nothing was not an option". 

GPs and campaigners said more funding was needed to cope with the increasing pressure on services.  

Southern Health: 'Very strange' that new role created for Katrina Percy

Speaking on the BBC's Today programme this morning, Mark Aspinall, who resigned as one of the trust's 13 governors in April, said it seemed "very strange" a new role for Katrina Percy had been created.

Southern Health
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"The health service is usually very rigorous in terms of recruitment, so the idea that a new role has been created purely to move Katrina sideways seems very surprising," he said.

"The whole board has to look at itself and the policies it has put in place that have led to reports that have slated leadership at the trust, and the failures to investigate the deaths of patients in its care.

"But Katrina should have taken responsibility for this a long time ago."

Watch: Katrina Percy 'uniquely qualified' for new Southern Health job

Southern Health chairman Tim Smart said the trust did not advertise the new role set up for Katrina Percy.

Instead he insisted the work - giving strategic advice to GPs - "needed to be done", and described Ms Percy as "uniquely qualified".

Tim Smart confirms the chief executive who resigned as the head of the troubled mental hea

Parents' anger as school closed indefinitely

Parents have spoken out over their frustration that an Oxfordshire school has been closed indefinitely - after structural problems were discovered with the roof.

West Kidlington Primary School
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West Kidlington Primary School

Problems were first noticed on Monday when water started leaking through the roof at West Kidlington Primary School.

Kirsty Wilson from Kidlington has one child at the school and said the situation was "just ridiculous".

Schools need more funding. We live in one of the wealthiest counties in one of the wealthiest countries. So why are our children going to school in such an awful building?

Kirsty Wilson

Work carried out on battered pavements in Frideswide Square months after redevelopment

Oxford Mail

Just days after major work to fix damaged kerbs at Frideswide Square was completed, the pavement was once again being dug up yesterday to repair damaged slabs.

Southern Health: New job for ex-boss Katrina Percy 'did not exist'

The chief executive who resigned as the head of a troubled mental health trust had a new £240,000-a-year job created for her, the BBC has learned.

Katrina Percy
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Katrina Percy

Katrina Percy faced sustained calls to resign over Southern Health's failure to investigate hundreds of deaths.

The BBC has now discovered her new job did not exist previously and she was the only candidate for it.

Ms Percy faced months of criticism for the way her trust failed to investigate patient deaths.

And in more travel news...

Roving reporter Lilley Mitchell is moving well

Oxford is not exactly famous for its free-flowing traffic, but BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell is not to be deterred.

While the Breakfast show is broadcast live from the traffic control centre, our intrepid Lilley is aiming to be spotted on as many traffic cameras as possible this morning. 

She's off to a good start...

Lilley spotted on Woodstock Road
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Lilley spotted on Woodstock Road
David Prever and travel reporter Al Ryan keep a close eye on Lilley
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David Prever and travel reporter Al Ryan are keeping a close eye on Lilley

Although traffic cameras don't appear to be all that flattering...

So glad the ratio of the traffic cameras is so flattering... #hiviz #oompaloompa twitter.com/bbcoxford/stat…

Travel latest: St Giles now open, but watch out for delays in Banbury

Get up-to-the minute details on these incidents and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

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Morning, welcome to Wednesday. It's another dull start to the day but we're promised sunshine and warm temperatures later on. Keeping everything crossed...

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