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Today: Wednesday 29th February

A report has called for fundamental changes to the care of elderly patients, including a ban on staff using patronising language. The BBC has learned that the government is calling for the European convention on human rights to be substantially rewritten.And also on the programme, the BBC World Service turns 80.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack, on the interim findings of the government commissioned Kay Review of UK equity markets and long-term decision-making.

The government is being urged by think-tank Policy Exchange to make "wholesale" changes to the police officer pension scheme in England and Wales. Report author Edward Boyd of Policy Exchange and Derek Barnett, president of the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales, discuss whether police pensions have become unaffordable for taxpayers.


A report by the Commission on Dignity says that the values of people wishing to work in health and care services need to be considered along with their academic qualifications. Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, gives his response to the report.

The business news with Simon Jack.

Students are expected to protest in Valencia, Spain against cuts to education where many schools have experienced a chronic funding shortage in recent months due to a lack of payments from the regional government. The BBC's Tom Burridge reports from the region, which has the worst debt of any region in Spain.

New research from the University of Liverpool has found that the Tyrannosaurus Rex had the most powerful bite of any creature that has ever lived on earth. Dr Karl Bates, researcher in biomechanics at the University of Liverpool, explains their findings.

The Health and Social Care Bill is to be debated again in the House of Lords as peers begin trying to get through a long list of amendments. Dr Charles West, chairman of Shrewsbury Liberal Democrats, outlines why he will be proposing to throw out the bill at the Lib Dems spring conference next month.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The UN under-secretary-general for political affairs Lynn Pascoe has said that more than 7,500 people have died in Syria since security forces launched a crackdown on dissent last March. Middle east correspondent Jim Muir has been monitoring events from Beirut while a Syrian activist, who shot videos in Homs and posted onto the internet, describes what he has seen on the ground to Richard Colebourn.

Paper review.

A new computer goes on sale from today for £22, which manufacturers hope will be used as an open source network to inspire a new generation of computer programmers. David Braben, co-creator of the computer called the Raspberry Pi, demonstrates how the computer will work.

Thought for the day with Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies, New College, University of Edinburgh.


The BBC has learned that the government is calling for the European convention on human rights to be substantially rewritten so that national courts have a much greater say over how it is applied. Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti and Conservative MP Dominic Raab discuss the significance of this.

Being compassionate should be as important as being clever when it comes to the recruitment of staff to care for the elderly,

according to the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People. Health correspondent Jane Dreaper reports from an orthopaedics ward in University College Hospital in London. And Sir Keith Pearson, co-chair of the Commission on Dignity in Care, outlines the main findings of the report.

The World Service is 80 today. A it moves from Foreign Office to licence fee funding, director of the World Service Peter Horrocks and journalist John McCarthy, who recently wrote a report on it for the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, discuss the future for the service.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The conception rate for women over 40 has shown a rise of 5.2% according to latest Office of National Statistics figures, with the conception rate in this age group having more than doubled since 1990. Cari Rosen, author of The Secret Diary of a new Mum aged 43 and a quarter, and Daghni Rajasingam, consultant obstetrician from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, discuss what more older mothers means for society.

The French are quite well known for their theme parks: Park Asterix, Eurodisney, the Futuroscope and now they are planning to base one on Napoleon. Hugh Schofield reports Montereau, about 50 miles southwest of Paris, where the park is to begin construction in 2014.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A group of media executives and lawyers has come up with a suggestion for a new media authority to replace the Press Complaints Commission. Hugh Tomlinson QC is involved and describes what they would like to see take its place.

If you were asked to name the person who has had the most influence on theatre in this country, chances are Harley Granville Barker might not be top of your list. But the actor, critic, director, producer and playwright has been described as the father of modern British theatre. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports on a new play which has been written about him and is about to open at the Hampstead Theatre in London.

A report out today, the Commission on Dignity in Care, which aims to raise the standards of care in hospitals and care homes, says that values as well as academic qualifications should be taken into consideration when recruiting staff. Professor Helen McCutcheon, head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at Kings College London, and Dr Bob Rankin, senior lecturer in mental health nursing at the University of Dundee, discuss the significance of the report.


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