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Tonight, on Reporting Scotland: Hospital bed-blocking.
Figures suggest patients are still ending up stuck in hospitals,
instead of finding community care, despite extra investment
Air accident investigators head to Aberdeen after a helicopter
A call for the UK Government to devolve power over immigration -
allowing the Scottish Government to let more people
A record-breaking run - Laura Muir smashes the British
First race of the season, haven't raced for a while. It was great to
get out there and put a marker down, and a pretty quick one at that.
Also on the programme, not going the distance?
The route of last year's Great Scottish Run is to be measured
again, amid concerns it wasn't long enough.
Nearly 700 patients died in hospital while awaiting discharge,
over a 19 month period from March 2015.
That's according to figures released to Scottish Labour,
The Scottish Government says it's allocated more than ?30 million
Our social affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.
Doctors agree when a patient is well enough they should leave hospital.
But sometimes it's not possible, because there is nowhere suitable to
meet the patient's needs. This is bed blocking. Very many of the
people that are blocking beds in hospital, if you use that
expression, are people affected by dementia. If they are very poorly,
they have to go into a care home. If there is not a bad for them there,
they have to stay in hospital until they die. The reason for there not
being a care home bed can be financial, or it can be that the
care homes are full. In the majority of cases, it is a question of
organising finance, that is something we should do earlier. The
Scottish Government pledged two years ago to eradicate bed blocking,
but it is still happening, with years ago to eradicate bed blocking,
Scottish Labour calls shocking results. In a 19 month period,
almost 700 died in hospital, though judged fit enough to be discharged.
In almost a quarter of cases, it was in NHS Grampian, with Lothian and
Lanarkshire close behind. Overall, bed blocking is reducing by 9% last
year. Labour says that is no consolation to those whose relatives
died. This is 700 people who have lost their lives in hospital while
waiting for a care package. It could be your mother, father, grandfather,
tragic cases and tragic stories. I think the Scottish Government needs
to wake up to do reality, the impact it's having on patients and
families, the that cuts are having on patients and family. The Scottish
Government insists that patients continue to receive care in hospital
and says that while being discharged is preferable, there is no evidence
to link the deaths with patience with delays in leaving. We don't
ignore them, they are well looked after in the hospital. The delay
means that we cannot get them home or to a nursing home, or a social
care package. Sometimes, that might be a more appropriate place for them
to die, at home or in a nursing home, with family around them.
Ministers say they have given ?33 million to the NHS to tackle the
wider problem of bed blocking. Air accident investigators
are being sent to Aberdeen, after the wheel of a helicopter
caused damage to a helideck The helicopter has since been
brought ashore by boat. Our energy correspondent Kevin Keane
is at Aberdeen airport. Well, as you say, the incident
happened on Wednesday of last week, on the west Franklin platform in the
North Sea. It was in the final stages of landing, the Cessnock
helicopter, when it failed to respond to some of the inputs being
issued to it from the pilots. It landed heavily on the deck itself.
The wheels caused a few points of significant damage, although CHC
described as minor. Photographs on social media taken by somebody on
board the platform clearly show some degree of gouging in the metalwork.
The nine people, the passengers and crew on board, none of them suffered
any kind of injury and they were taken off the platform. The
helicopter itself has been brought back here to Aberdeen by boat and
investigators are examining it. Neither the company nor any of the
unions involved in offshore work have been willing to be interviewed
about this today, but they have jointly issued a statement saying
that the investigation is focusing on part of the tail rotor. That tail
rotor has been the subject of some concern in other parts of the world
in recent months. The group responsible for helicopter safety in
Aberdeen says it has been assured that previous incidents bear no
connection to what happened here. Thank you very much, apologies for
the quality of the sound. A 36-year-old man has
appeared on petition at Edinburgh Sheriff Court
charged with murder. It follows the death
of Carlo Volante, who was 40, after an alleged incident
in Bonnyrigg on the Robert Kay made no
plea or declaration, The investigations editor
for the Scottish Sun newspaper has told a jury how acid was thrown
at his face by a man, during Russell Findlay was giving evidence
at the trial of William Burns and Alexander Porter -
who deny targeting him Mr Findlay also described
how his ten year-old daughter ran for help as he grappled with the man
on his doorstep. From the High Court in Glasgow,
John McManus reports. On the first day of the trial, the
court heard evidence from Russell Findlay, the investigations editor
for the Scottish Sun newspaper. He told the court he had been at home
on the morning of the 23rd of December, 2015, when he answered his
doorbell. The caller said they were a postman and wanted him to sign for
doorbell. The caller said they were a package. He said that when he
answered the door, he felt a liquid on his face and then saw a bottle
fly past his head. Then he came through the door and attempted to
fight me, I pushed back and we both exited the front door and fell while
holding onto each other. Mr Findlay said his ten-year-old daughter,
Daisy appeared, and he sent her to get help from neighbours. He
continued to grapple with the attack. He told the court he said to
the man, why did they send a fat clown like you? Is that all I am
with? He said that the defendant spat at him and said wee Jamie sends
his regards. He said he had contact with one of the accused in 2006, but
he denied a suggestion that he and asked him to come round to his house
the night before the incident. I would find it beyond laughable that
he would come up with that, he told the court. The trial continues.
A group of MPs and Peers have called on ministers in London to consider
giving the Scottish Parliament more control over immigration.
The group wants the UK government to look at a system
similar to that in Canada - where individual provinces can issue
The Scottish government believes Scotland's immigration needs
Our political correspondent Nick Eardley is in
Why does this group think Scotland should get some control
Sally, the future of the immigration system will be a big talking point
as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.
This group thinks more needs to be done to help
new arrivals integrate with local communities.
They want for example compulsory English classes
But they also argue it's a good opportunity to move some
control over immigration away from Westminster.
And they're urging ministers here in London to look at Canadian
model which could see areas like scotland given the power
They would be based on local economic need and allow immigrants
to live and work in an area, though not across the UK as a whole.
The Labour MP Chuka Umunna chairs the group.
He explained why he thinks devolving powers could make
You get to decide how many people are allowed to come and settle into
your community, based on the needs of your local businesses and local
labour market. We think that way you will actually be able to give people
greater control and detoxify the immigration debate in the United
Kingdom. The Scottish Government held a similar view. What do UK
ministers then? The Scottish Government has long argued it needs
more powers over immigration. It thinks Scotland has different
population needs, indeed in the document it published last month on
its Brexit proposals, more flexibility in the immigration
system was one of their key demands. Ministers in London have pledged to
look at those proposals. I think there is a degree of scepticism in
London as to whether a separate immigration system could work.
Ministers are worried it would make things too complicated, that it
could actually affect the integrity of the immigration system across the
UK. Of course, they want immigration numbers to come down. For now, the
Home Office says it is focused on creating an immigration system that
works for everyone, across the UK. That's one conversation that's been
going on about Brexit But the Scottish Labour leader has
questioned the Scottish Government's attempts to keep access
to the European single Kezia Dugdale - who says
the UK's more important to Scotland than the EU -
claims arguments are being Ministers say she doesn't
even have a plan. Here's our political
correspondent, Andrew Kerr. It is eight o'clock, Thursday the
5th of January... On air, and time for Kezia Dugdale to be on message.
It is the first in a series of for Kezia Dugdale to be on message.
leader interviews on BBC radio Scotland. She says she is trying to
save the union. She used the opportunity to make clear which one
she prefers. The EU is very important, and I campaigned hard for
a Remain vote. But you can't argue, as Nicola Sturgeon often does, that
Scotland's relationship with Europe is more important than its
relationship with the rest of the United Kingdom. She claims the
Conservatives put the union at risk as they push for a hard Brexit,
although they question their commitment. She says the SNP threat
net by pursuing independence. The Scottish Government's attempts to
keep Scotland in the EU single market came in for criticism as
well. I would like to see evidence it is possible. I said to Nicola
Sturgeon at the start of the summer that I wanted what she wanted, that
we shared those values and I wanted to work with her on that. I've done
that over the past months, in good faith. But good faith is fast
becoming blind faith, because she is faith. But good faith is fast
yet to present any real evidence it is possible. That critic is
yet to present any real evidence it dismissed from the man in charge of
the Constitution for the Scottish Government. What we are doing is
standing for Scottish interests, making sure we get the best deal
possible. That means putting forward a proposal. But Labour have no new
ideas when it comes to the Constitution or our position. The
Scottish Government has put a proposal and it is up to the UK
Government to consider that. We are keeping all options on the table to
get the best outcome for Scotland. On the point of Kezia Dugdale saying
the UK union is more important than the EU, Derek Mackay says he is not
asking people to choose between the EU and the UK. Depending on how
things work out, Scottish voters might be asked once again for their
opinion in the not too distant future.
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are still ending up stuck in hospital, instead
of being offered community care, despite extra investment.
are using a unique system to create completely new materials.
It has been a great start to the year for Laura Muir. Last night, she
smashed the 5000 metres record, eclipsing the time set by Liz
McColgan. But she and her coach
have their sights set much higher, No TV cameras to record the
occasion, but this piece of history was recorded by one alert spectator.
Laura Muir, wiping 14 seconds off the British indoor 5000 metre
record. That beat Liz McColgan's time, set in 1992. As she reflected
today, it adds to the British 1500 metre record she sets last year.
Being in the record books is always very special, especially the names I
am getting them off, Dame Kelly Holmes and Liz McColgan, big names.
I'm really honoured to be alongside where they were. I just hope I can
get a feel more. An element of doubt has emerged about whether the time
she ran would qualify as an official record. Liz McColgan congratulated
her fellow Scot, but did query whether the official criteria have
been met by the race, in terms of the doping controls at the event and
also the fact the other athletes in the race only ran 3000 metres.
British athletics told BBC Scotland today that, subject to normal
checks, she expected the time to be confirmed. With that in the bag, the
focus is very much on turning record sometimes into major medals. It
takes time to learn to racing championships, to get that
experience. So, that is why I tried putting more realistic times on. She
was running remarkably fast times in 2013-14, but I recognised there was
still some sort of athletic development, some learning to go on
before you are probably in a position that you should be
challenging for those models. I think that is where we have got to
now. Definitely, I think I had been unlucky in previous champion chips.
The World Championships, I was placed fifth. That was a really big
achievement for me. Getting back into the medals. Diamond League
success shows she can beat the best. Now she is ready to do that on the
biggest stages. The distance of last year's
Great Scottish Run is to be checked amid concerns that the route
was too short. Olympic distance runner
Callum Hawkins broke the Scottish half marathon record
during the race. But an official responsible
for measuring the course says he believes athletes may have run
a different route. It is a highlight of the year for
thousands of people, elite runners, club competitors and sweaty
enthusiasts. They fill club competitors and sweaty
centre, their supporters lined the streets, and good causes across
Scotland benefit from all that sponsorship money raised. Last year,
the added excitement of a new Scottish art marathon record. He's a
record-breaker here in Glasgow today! An absolutely staggering run
from Callum Hawkins - a new star is born! I was not expecting anything
near as quick as that. I am just pleased I went out to win, and
that's what I did. But now, the record could be in doubt, after the
man who satisfied the distance watched BBC Scotland's coverage and
felt that the runners were not following the route that he had
measured. The questions were also raised by competitors, like these
runners we met today training on the banks of the Clyde. Hundreds of
their GPS recorders told them that they had run less than the official
distance of 13.1 miles. It is still a personal best for me regardless. I
think that will still be true for 95% of the people who ran. It does
not make a difference for your average one, I don't think. Some
people are just in it to compete and have fun. For them it probably does
not matter. But if you are more of a top Enron, looking for a personal
best, it will have more of an impact. It is best if you are
comparing year-on-year. I would be pretty annoyed, actually. If it is
not an accurate time, I would be annoyed. It is good you want to run
your half marathon, but for me, it was just about finishing. Organisers
say an independent re-measuring of the course will be completed by the
end of January. They say they're confident that it will be confirm
that it was the correct distance. COMMENTATOR: He deserves this! An
official measure is due to cycle the route later in the month. And then
we will know if that new record can stand.
In exactly four months' time, it'll be polling day -
More than 12,000 councillors in Scotland will be elected.
In many areas, the elections will see fierce battles
Many Central Belt councils are the remnants of Labour's
old dominance of politics in urban Scotland.
Our local government correspondent Jamie McIvor sets the scene
It is a scene even the most optimistic Labour councillors
scarcely expected. At the last council elections, Labour reinforced
its control of Scotland's largest local authority. Many thought the
SNP would make big strides forward. In fact, councils became the last
citadel of Labour's code power. Google government is the one thing
where Labour is still very strong. It did well in May 2012. It seems to
be under serious threat. In by-elections, on average, Labour's
vote is down by 12 points compared with five years ago. In fact, in
2012, across Scotland, the SNP won the most votes, with a narrow lead
over Labour. The SNP also has more councillors than any other party.
But in most of central and southern Scotland, it is Labour that is in
power. In fact, the party won outright control of some councils in
the west, including this one, Glasgow. Faggot the last five years
have seen seismic shifts in national politics, with the independence
referendum, the surge in SNP politics, with the independence
membership and the Labour results. Come the council elections, will
voters be thinking of local or national issues? All the media
coverage will nor be for the national issues, to be honest. I
would be having an opinion on the candidate, and if that candidate I
felt was going to do his job or her job. A lot of people are talking on
social media about Donald Trump and things. I think they may need to
change their tactics to catch the eye of the public. In urban
Scotland, undoubtedly it will be party preferences on the most part,
national party preferences, which will be most important. However, in
rural Scotland, there will be a different picture, with the three
islands councils still dominated by independence to call when the votes
are counted eventually, the consequences for the Labour Party in
Scotland could be huge record A woman's been taken to hospital
after she was knocked down by a taxi The pedestrian had been
crossing Princes Street, opposite the Waverley Steps
at around 12:20 this afternoon Police say inquiries
into the incident are ongoing. A woman has been cleared
of attempting to murder an 89-year-old man after she hit him
with a hammer to fend 43-year-old Gillian Lavery
was cleaning Tom Winter's flat in Clydebank when the incident
happened last February. A jury found her not guilty -
after accepting she Two climbers were airlifted
to safety after getting A coastguard search and rescue
helicopter was called out following a report that a man had
injured his ankle on the mountain's Both climbers were eventually
winched to safety. Police are trying to find a
54-year-old Dutch national since setting off for a walk
in the Glen Affric area Cornelius Van Der Wetering was last
spotted after leaving a guest ?500,000 is to be spent
to try to refurbish one of Europe's largest dry docks at Kishorn
in Wester Ross. The site was originally built
as an oil fabrication yard in the 1970s, but has been
mothballed for 25 years. It's hoped to regenerate the yard,
for decommissioning North Sea a remote Shetland Croft owner was
forced to deliver his own baby at the side of road yesterday. Alastair
Morgan was driving his wife to hospital after she had gone into
labour. Along the Hill track, they hit a pothole and her waters broke.
Alastair says there was no time to think. You do not have time to worry
about that, you just go and do it. It was just a case of getting out of
the car, jacket off, their sleeves, and deliver the baby!
Physicists at St Andrews University are using a unique system to create
The new centre for designer quantum materials will help create the next
generation of electronic devices, one atom at a time.
Our science correspondent Kenneth Macdonald has this report.
Despite appearances, this is science fact, not science fiction. For what
is it exactly? This is a molecular-beam epitaxy system, which
is an instrument which allows us to build materials, one single atomic
is an instrument which allows us to lay at a time, basically changing
the material, with each individual layer. You will not find these
materials anywhere else in nature. To make those materials, the machine
creates a vacuum close to that of deep space with temperatures at
around 1000 Celsius. Creating quantum materials means many plating
things at the most a sick level, where a phenomenon like the spin of
an electron comes into play. What that in particular means is that the
spin of the electron plays an important role for what we observe.
So, for example, one relatively large field of potential application
is in what is called spin-tronics, where one can it spite the spinning
of the electron for different functionalities. Stick it has been
compared to Lego, making new stuff which is very in interesting indeed!
Content with this machine, we will be able to make materials in single
atomic layer form, and then one can cast them into devices and make, for
example, censors with completely new bodies, which are unheard of, and
which are potentially much more sensitive. The components inside our
current computers and electronic devices are getting close to the
limits of the materials they're made of. The stuff being created in here
is giving a sequence of the future. Now over to Christopher for a look
ahead to the weekend weather. Thanks very much indeed. It was a
lovely day for many of us today. But tonight, the cloud hills and the
rain arrives, but not straightaway. Initially there will be some frost.
But watch what happens as we had through the next few hours. Loud
arriving, rain moving in and temperatures creeping up. As the
rain falls on cold ground, there could be some icy patches around.
Tomorrow, with all that cloud and rain, a very different day in store
compared with today. There is the weather system crossing the country
during Friday. It will be really quite soggy for many west and
south-western parts. The rain quite soggy for many west and
heavily and persistent at times, slowly edging eastwards. More patchy
across the north-east. In the west, heavy and persistent, but improving
by the afternoon. By mid-afternoon, still fairly cloudy and damp and
breezy, but the winds easing. Much milder than today. Up into double
figures in places. There will be some brightness around, most likely
around the far north and the Moray Firth. Still some showers here,
however. And the winds for Orkney and Shetland, still brisk. Friday
night, damp and murky at times, but heading through towards the weekend,
not too bad. High pressure is with us, so it's largely dry. Fairly
settled but also fairly cloudy. As we start the weekend on Saturday,
yes, it is dry and cloudy but there will be some spots of light rain.
The winds are very light. Knowing exactly where the breaks in the
cloud will happen is tricky. Sunday morning, still fairly cloudy but
settled. A few spots of rain in the far north and north-west.
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news: Nearly 700 patients died
in hospital while awaiting discharge, over a 19 month
The Scottish Government says it's allocated more than ?30 million
I'll be back with the headlines at 8:00 and the late bulletin just
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