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Today: Wednesday 23rd November

Guidelines have been published allowing pregnant women to opt for a Caesarean delivery, even if it is not medically necessary. A report says up to a quarter of a million elderly people in England are subject to abuse and neglect by care-workers in their own homes. Also on today's programme, what makes the perfect pub?

Business news with Simon Jack on discussions in Brussels about eurobonds as a possible solution to the sovereign debt crisis.

An inquiry into care for elderly people has found some are suffering "appalling" levels of care at home. Baroness Greengross of the Equality and Human Rights Commission led the report and outlines its findings.

New guidelines are being issued by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence which could make it easier for women in England and Wales to choose to have a Caesarean over a natural delivery for their child. Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the the Royal College of Midwives explains its reservations about the move.

The security of the UK's borders has come under the spotlight recently following a row between the Home Office and former UK Border Agency head Brodie Clark. Nicola Stanbridge reports on how immigration officers do not feel that all aspects of the border control system are working.

Protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo say they will not leave until the ruling military council resigns despite a promise from the head of the ruling council, that next week's parliamentary elections would go ahead as planned. Nagi al-Ghatrifi from the liberal opposition party Hizb al-Ghad reflects on the effect the protests may have on the democratic process in Egypt.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Human remains from the Natural History Museum are to be repatriated to the Torres Straits Islands in Australia, the largest repatriation of human remains from a museum collection. Cultural sociologist Dr Tiffany Jenkins and Ned David, of the Torres Strait Islander Community, debate the move.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

An inquiry by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into home care for the elderly says many of the people questioned felt there were "appalling" levels of neglect and even abuse. Linda Stephens describes her parents' experience of home care. And Peter Hay, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, responds to the report.

A review of the papers.

Nasa's latest mission to send a spaceship to Mars involves putting a robot almost as big and heavy as a family car onto the surface. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on how the mission could finally reveal if there is life on the Red Planet.

Thought for The Day with Rhidian Brook.

As the eurozone crisis rumbles on, signs of stress among banks are beginning to rear their heads quite significantly. Business editor Robert Peston explains what interbank lending actually involves while Steven Major of HSBC examines the possibility of a eurozone banking collapse.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) is issuing new guidelines which say that pregnant women in England and Wales should be allowed to have a Caesarean delivery even if there is no medical need. Dr Gillian Leng of NICE explains the evidence behind the guidelines. And Wendy Savage, a retired professor of obstetrics who has written on the use of Caesareans, gives her analysis.

What makes the perfect pub? George Orwell tried to define it in a newspaper column about his favourite watering-hole, The Moon Under Water, and it is the subject of a new book called The Search for the Perfect Pub: Looking for the Moon Under Water. Mark Worthington reports from Cambridge on one possible contender for the best pub crown and Paul Moody, one of the book's authors, and Orwell biographer DJ Taylor discuss the quest.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

Business secretary Vince Cable will be giving a speech at the manufacturers' organisation, the EEF, in which he is expected to outline measures aimed at making it easier for businesses when taking on, managing and letting go of their staff. Chief political correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue describes where these proposals have come from and Vince Cable explains how far the measures will go.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians are still camped out in Tahrir Square in Cairo, calling on the military leader, Field Marshal Tantawi, to step down immediately, despite his promise that parliamentary elections will go ahead as planned. Kevin Connolly gauges the mood in the square.

0845 The Equality and Human Rights Commission has found that thousands of elderly people in England receive care services at home that are so poor their human rights are being breached. Paul Burstow, minister for care services, responds to the report.

The Oxford English Dictionary team, in both the US and UK, have named the word of the year as "squeezed middle", saying it now has substantial resonance. Suzie Dent, spokesperson for Oxford dictionaries and Oliver Kamm, who writes the Pedant column at the Times discuss whether this phrase is a worthy winner.



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