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Today: Tuesday 15th February

The Health Ombudsman says the NHS is failing to provide basic standards of care for elderly people in England. And the army has apologised for using email to tell soldiers they were losing their jobs.

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Business news with Adam Shaw. Hermitage Capital Management's Bill Browder outlines his belief that UK citizens are "not safe to invest or do business" in Russia. Jeremy Stretch, Head of foreign exchange strategy at CIBC explains the new fund to stabilise the euro, and Richard Hunter, head of UK equities at Hargreaves, looks at the markets.

Last week British banks signed the Merlin agreement, an accord with the government, agreeing to lend more to business, and show "responsibility on pay". Business reporter Adam Shaw considers one of those banks, Barclays, which has just announced its 2010 financial results.

The Ministry of Defence has apologised to 38 Warrant Officers after they were told they were sacked by email. One of them is believed to have been in Afghanistan when he received the email. It said they were "victims of the defence cuts" and should "start planning for their retirement". All were senior soldiers who had served for at least 22 years. Jim Murphy, shadow defence secretary, comments.

The NHS is failing to treat older people with care, compassion, dignity and respect, according to a report from the Health Service Ombudsman, Ann Abraham. She discusses whether proper care of the elderly is a result of the wider attitude of society to aging and the elderly.

The Italian government has declared a humanitarian emergency and asked the European Commission for millions of dollars to help it deal with thousands of Tunisians who have turned up on the island of Lampedusa in attempts to flee the chaos in their own country. Our correspondent Matt Cole in Lampedusa and Jim Muir reporting from Tunisia, discuss the issue.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The BBC's business editor, Robert Peston, analyses Barclays results, which show a profit of £6.1bn for 2010, 32% up on the previous year's figures.

Paper review.

Sports correspondent James Pearce reports on how organisers of London's Olympics have published the timetable for the two weeks of the games next year.

In May we shall be voting on whether to change the way we elect our MPs. The "no" campaign is being launched today, with one recent poll showing it lagging slightly behind the "yes" campaign. Our chief political correspondent Norman Smith reports how some in the "no" camp believe Nick Clegg could yet be their trump card.

Thought for the Day with Bishop Tom Butler.

Inflation figures today are expected to show prices rose at more than four percent in January, twice the Bank of England's target level. The BBC's economics editor Stephanie Flanders and Laurnet Bilke, global head of inflation strategy at Nomura, reflect on why inflation is rising.

The NHS is failing to treat older people with care, compassion, dignity and respect according to a report out today by the Health Service Ombudsman. Raymond Tallis, emeritus professor of geriatric medicine at Manchester University and the NHS Federation's Jo Webber discuss if the failure to provide adequate care for the elderly is a result of the wider attitude of society to aging and the elderly.

How much should you tip in a restaurant? Particularly when so many of them whack a discretionary service charge on the bill and the recent rise in VAT. One letter-writer to the Telegraph is calling for the system to be revised. Film director and gourmet Michael Winner gives his views on the art of tipping.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is continuing to cause appalling suffering in large areas of central and eastern Africa. Correspondent Mike Thomson meets a former child soldier who was made to kill civilians, and even a close friend, during three years in the bush with the LRA. Some listeners may find some of the descriptions in this report disturbing.

The AV Bill is back in the Commons today and politicians will be whipped on how they are voting. But is whipping really the best way of making law and scrutinising government? Sarah Wollaston, Tory MP for Totnes and Lord Renton, Margaret Thatcher's last chief whip, discuss if MPs should keep silent and vote with the government rather than bringing their own expertise and voice to the table.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Royal Society is to release a report that commends the way science is taught in Scotland where almost twice as many 16 to 19 year-olds study science than in other parts of the UK. Dame Athene Donald explains why all UK education systems could be reformed to emulate Scotland's success.

A report from the Health Service Ombudsman says that the NHS is failing to treat older people with care, compassion, dignity and respect. Steve Jamieson, head of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, gives his reaction to the report.

The Devil is the personification of evil. But he has inspired great writers down the ages. That is the theme of a new book - the Devil As Muse - by a Cambridge academic Dr Fred Parker. He discusses the cultural significance of Lucifer with Peter Owen-Jones, who is now a vicar now but was an advertising executive in another life.



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