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Hundreds of women have continued to receive mesh implants -
despite calls for operations to be suspended following
You trust your doctors, you don't think you're going to be harmed.
We'll be asking why is this procedure still being done?
Also on the programme, The full report into the death
of Aberdeen schoolboy Bailey Gwynne is published -
but large sections are heavily redacted.
Plans for 600 jobs in the Highlands as the UK's last remaining aluminium
after the national side wore poppies to mark Armistice day.
And as Andy Murray wins Sports Personality of
the year for a third time - is there now a case
for considering tennis as Scotland's new national sport?
Hundreds of mesh implant operations have been performed
in Scotland despite ministers suspending their use
because of potential health complications.
Figures obtained by the BBC show that more than 400 women have
received mesh and mesh tape implants - usually used for pelvic
and incontinence problems - since June 2014 when the then health
secretary called for their suspension.
Our political correspondent Lucy Adams has this exclusive report.
Hospital treatment is meant to make patients feel better but not for
Gillian who needs crutches to get round. I thought I would be fined.
Gillian had a mesh implant in 2011. It is meant to be a standard
procedure. You trust your doctor. You don't think you will be harmed.
Life as I knew it completely changed. I lost my career and I lost
everything. Life was completely destroyed. This is polypropylene,
the same material used to wrap newspapers and to make mash
implants. It can contract, it can break up in the body, I know of
women who have lost their bladder and kidney. How they can put this
into bodies I have no idea. It was suspended back in 2014. That was
following pleas from women suffering debilitating side-effects. Figures
show that more than 400 women have had it since the recommended
suspension. The BBC has learned Greater Glasgow health board has
conducted 178 of such operations. For some procedures this is the only
choice. They either live with their symptoms or have these mesh
procedures. So it is their only chance of some benefit and of having
a benefit that lets them get out of the house. But this consultant who's
been advising the Scottish Government on these procedures says
there is at least two other forms of surgery which should be offered but
which ministers cannot stop the use of mesh. Only the MHRA could ban it
from the whole of the UK but the government could suggest to health
boards and clinicians to consider suspending these until we find
exactly where the problem lies, is it in the device, the procedure, the
surgeons or the patient's? Hundreds of women are taking legal action is.
They want answers as to why they received something which had been
directed as not to be used until further investigations were carried
out. Gillian and Oliver are working together to support other
out. Gillian and Oliver are working suffering as a result of these
operations. -- Olive are. Or than 400 are taking legal action against
health boards and manufacturers but if the procedure continues that
figure is expected to keep going up. So given the fact that the Scottish
government wants a stop to the use of mesh implants and legal
action is being taken why are surgeons still using them,
Lucy? It seems complicated on the face of
it and to understand it you need to look back at the history. From the
1970s through the 1990s surgeons tended to use what was essentially
stitches. This developed into using a person's human tissue to create a
sling to fix the bladder. 20 years ago, implants came on the scene,
they were seen as a great thing, much more effective and easier to
use, they could be done in surgery and it made them cheaper. But we had
this intervention by the government in 2014. The health board have taken
this as guidance. What we know from the responses that I got is some
health boards stopped altogether, they said they would wait until the
investigations had been done because while they were seen as a great
thing, we had women coming forward with severe complications, but the
government cannot actually stop them from using these. They can consult
with patients, tell them about safety risks and go through that but
in exceptional circumstances, if health boards want to go ahead they
can still do so. Thank you very much.
More doctors and nurses and more services in the community -
just a couple of the government's proposals to transform
They're contained in a blue-print for change published today.
It's a busy day in this West Lothian surgery. Increasingly busy and under
pressure, Doctor George Mackie says there are lots of good things about
the way the health service is changing but lots of challenges if
it is going to be a success. Personally where I work one of the
biggest challenges is recruitment. We've advertised recently for a
replacement partner and we had no applicants at all. That is where the
situation is now. That's the biggest challenge. Recruitment to enhance
security services is a priority, say the government. The NHS is going
through unprecedented change and the government want to see more people
living healthier longer lives at home but that puts a lot of pressure
on the front line and community services. It makes a real difference
to the character of the building and how you approach things. This is
what it may look like, GP hubs with all sorts of services, pharmacists,
Cancer support, all sorts of things can be accessed under one roof. The
NHS has always looked after people very well if you became sick. If you
became diabetic we would offer you good diabetic management. A more
interesting question might be, what could be done better to stop people
progressing to diabetes in the first place? The government wants to
reduce the number of unnecessary stays in hospital, a 10% drop in
delayed discharge. It will push forward with unpopular moves to
transfer specialisms to bigger centres. Local hospitals will still
have the services that people rely on, some of the more specialist
services that people might require once or twice in a lifetime, will be
organised on a regional basis, so we are asking and tasking boards to
plan these on a regional basis. 40% of the budget is spent on health.
There's a lot on stake in getting the future of the NHS right.
A heavily redacted report into the killing last year of a boy
at an Aberdeen school has been released.
The conclusions and recommendations were released in October.
Our reporter Rebecca Curran is live at the school
where Bailey Gwynne was killed, Rebecca.
Remind us of the circumstances of this tragedy.
16 year old Bailey Gwynne was stabbed during a fight
with a fellow pupil here at Cults Academy
His killer, who was also 16, is serving nine years
A review conducted by child protection expert Andrew Lowe found
Bailey's death was "potentially avoidable if those who knew his
killer carried weapons had told a teacher."
Mr Lowe made 5 conclusions and 21 recommendations in total
But the full report was kept private due to data
But today the city council released a heavily redacted version.
In fact much of the 67 pages look like this.
Well, the section on the background of Bailey and his killer
who is described as child A has been fully redacted.
All information about previous concerns raised about the killer
and a complaint that was made have been withheld.
The only apparent criticism is levelled at a city
councillor for taking part in a media interview.
So why has the report been so heacily redacted, Rebecca?
Well, in October when the recommendations and conclusions
were released, the city council's chief executive Angela Scott said
the full report wasn't being published because it contained
a great deal of sensitive, confidential and legally
Mr Lowe conducted 43 face to face interviews
and over the past weeks each person is understood to have been asked
if they are happy to have what they said published.
What is now apparent is that most of them said no.
Now what's not clear is on what grounds any of those
If they were allowed to object only on the basis of legal
or data protection grounds, or if they could refuse
because they were upset or embarrassed to have
Plans have been unveiled to create up to 600 jobs and invest ?120m
at the site of the UK's last remaining aluminium
It's hoped the site could eventually manufacture alloy wheels for cars.
It is the last remaining aluminium smelter in the UK, relying on its
own hydropower scheme to produce the massive amounts of electricity
needed for the process. A review of its assets by the previous owners
led to concerns it could be closed with the loss of 170 jobs. Now with
the sale of the smelter the future is not only bright spot could be
positively booming. Our plan is not to stop aluminium but make
components which are very high value products. The first phase is alloy
wheels. That creates 300 jobs and many more indirectly. The First
Minister was on hand to take part in a traditional Hindu ceremony to mark
the takeover by the company which earlier this year bought the former
Tata steel plants. With ?120 million investment to be made, direct jobs
Tata steel plants. With ?120 million in the supply chain, it is clearly a
massive shot in the arm for the area. It does not just guaranteed
the future of the aluminium smelter and the power plants and all the
jobs associated with those, it heralds a bright new future for
manufacturing given the plans to create a new manufacturing facility
here, bringing many more jobs in the process. So this is fantastic. This
smelter has been here since 1929 and remains one of the most important
industrial employers in the Highlands. A good thing for us and
the area. Especially myself, I'm in my fourth year here. It is a lot
more positive. The chance of me having a job in the future here is
excellent and really positive. Moving into making alloy wheels and
car components could triple the workforce here in Lochaber. The
ultimate aim is to bring steel-making to the Fort William
Plant using recycled steel. That could create even more jobs.
The Scottish Football Association has been fined more than 15 thousand
pounds by the world governing body Fifa after the national side
wore poppies during last month's World Cup qualifier
Our reporter Alasdair Lamont is at Hampden Park for us tonight.
What's been the reaction there, Alasdair?
The decision was not an entirely surprising one but nonetheless the
reaction has been one of disappointment. The Scottish FA,
along with the English FA, had requested permission to wear the
poppies in the match which was denied. Fifa said there was a rule
over the banning of wearing political symbols. Players wore
poppies regardless of that ruling, there was a display among
supporters. The Scottish FA has been discussing the matter with its
English counterpart but also the other home nations, all of them have
been fined for similar reasons. An appeal is increasingly likely. In
terms of the finds, the Conservative MP Maurice Corrie gave us this
reaction. Frankly, I am appalled at this position, it is disgraceful
they've come to that decision, when you think of the commitment many
football teams and players made in the waters, the Heart of Midlothian
club who went as an entire team to fight in the Great War and sadly
many did not come back, I think it is utterly disgraceful. Certainly
some strong feeling over the issue and the English FA are standing
their ground, saying that they will appeal. The Scottish FA stood
shoulder to shoulder with the English, it would be surprising if
they backed down. I would expect an appeal to going. -- go end.
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Hundreds of women have received mesh implants -
despite calls for operations to be suspended following
A look at how work is progressing to restore the Glasgow School of Art
after it was devastated by fire two years ago.
The Prime Minister says she will look "very seriously"
at proposals put forward by the Scottish Government
The Prime Minister says she will look "very seriously"
at proposals put forward by the Scottish Government
on Brexit, but has stressed the negotiations to leave the EU
Theresa May was speaking ahead of tomorrow's publication
of the Scottish government's priorities for Brexit.
Our political correspondent David Porter is at Westminster tonight.
Jackie, tomorrow as you say the Scottish Government will publish its
proposals for Brexit, and crucially it will look at the area of the
single market, and the idea that perhaps Scotland could remain part
of the single market, while the rest of the UK leaves the European Union.
Now that is very important, because a recent study suggested that 80,000
jobs could be lost in Scotland, if Scotland was forced out of the
single market in the future. Ahead of the publication of that document
today the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon rang the Prime Minister
Theresa May and it is likely she outlined in very general terms the
Scottish Government will be putting forward tomorrow. Coincidentally in
the Commons this afternoon, the Prime Minister was answering
questions on all things Brexit, and she was challenged to fully engage
with the Scottish Government over the whole issue. The Prime Minister
has said she will seriously engage with the Scottish Government, which
is to be welcomed. She says she has a respect agenda so will the Prime
Minister to meet with the First Minister to incorporate priorities
of the Scottish Government in the UK negotiating position? I took a call
from the First Minister this morning where I assured her we will oppose
seriously other proposals the Scottish Government is bringing
forward. I welcome the fact they have been looking at their
priorities. We have been encouraging for the devolved administrations to
look at their priorities so they can be taken into account in the UK
negotiations on leaving the European Union. The Prime Minister says she
is keen to hear the ideas of the devolved administrations and they
can go forward to something called the joint ministerial committee that
will be meeting early again next year. But Jackie tomorrow we will
get a far clearer idea of how the Scottish Government sees this
process going forward. A look at other stories
from across the country... 2016 has been a record year for fish
landings in Shetland. More than 357,000 boxes have been brought
ashore between the markets. Such high levels have not been seen since
1987. Shetland is the second biggest port in the UK for white fish
landings after Peterhead. A controversial flood prevention
scheme for white sands in Dumfries has been approved by Dumfries and
Galloway Council. The project to build an embankment and glass wall
along the ribbon if that considerable opposition because of
the impact on the Riverview and the loss of car parking. A rogue plug
fitted to an Edinburgh bench excluding the members of a golf club
which bans women from sitting on it is to be removed by the council. The
sign on the Princes Street bench said it was fitted on behalf of the
female population of Edinburgh. Muirfield golf club decided against
allowing women to become members last summer. More than 17,500 air
weapons have been handed into Police Scotland over the last six months as
part a nationwide amnesty. Legislation comes into force next
week, which requires anyone wanting to keep for an air weapon to apply
for a licence. Over 10,000 applications have been made so far.
Prestwick airport could have loans totalling ?40 million from the
Scottish Government by 2018, after ministers port the struggling
business for a time three years ago. business for a time three years ago.
-- bought the struggling business. It is hoped the airport could become
the UK's first spaceport launch site and benefit from the new Heathrow
runway by becoming a logistics hub. It's been quite a year
for Andy Murray. As well as becoming a father
for the first time, he's become the world's number one,
won Wimbledon for a second time, won a second Olympic gold and become
the first person to win the BBC's Sports Personality of
the Year for a third time. It's also been a year to remember
for Scottish tennis in general. So is there a case to be made
for considering Tennis And the BBC Sports Personality
of the Year 2016 is Andy Murray. CHEERING
Another win for Andy Murray, but he's not our only tennis world
Another win for Andy Murray, but beater. Brother Jamie is one half of
the top doubles pairing, and Gordon Reid is another one in the
wheelchair singles, so should tennis be our national sport? At this club
was actual drum's Christmas party, a unanimous if partial view. The
National sport Scotland should be tennis. Because we are far more
successful at it than any other sport. Yet there is unlikely to be a
Big Bash proclaiming tennis the national sport because of a national
obsession. I think the criteria for a national sport is the one that
garners most interest across every community, and football scores
hugely high on that. We know for example that per capita more people
go to professional football in Scotland than any of the other
European league. A pity our football team is six to seventh in the world
rankings, just beneath Bening, but still above Guinea-Bissau. If
criteria, bowls would be a criteria. criteria, bowls would be a criteria.
-- a contender. Scotland are third in the world rankings. It is a
massive sport in this country. We are very successful one the world
stage. Could that be a national sport? Yes, it could. And that is
from a woman who won gold at the Olympics in another quintessentially
Scottish sport. Curling, 13,000 members, and very successful in the
world stage. Golf has the strongest historical claim. It has been played
here in one form or another for hundreds of years, but there has not
been a Scots major winner since 1999. There is one sport at which
Scotland alone excels, that's right, Sinn T. -- that is right, shinty. As
a national sport you have to play other countries and that is where
shinty falls down. We don't have an official national sport and we
probably don't need one but at least we have an undisputed national
sporting hero. An appeal to restore the fire
damaged Mackintosh school of art has been boosted with a 450
thousand pound donation. Eighteen and a half million
pounds has now been raised and our Arts correspondent,
Pauline McLean has been to see how The Macintosh library ball the brunt
of the fire of May 2014, and wildly stone pillars survived, today is the
day to remove them and assess the damage. Surprisingly, some bits are
OK but other bits are really badly cracked. Some of these stones are
about a metre by a meter, so they are massive, like, lumps of stone,
so they can be cut down and you can maybe get two or three smaller
stones out of it that you could use another parts of the job. But wildly
stone can be reused from other parts of the restoration are more
challenging. Many of the materials Macintosh used are now no longer
available. A good example is the Timbers that by going into the roof
behind us. They are Southern yellow pine, which is not indigenous to
Scotland, but it was quite prevalent in Scotland when the building was
built in the 1900, and we have discovered somewhere in
Massachusetts where there is an old mill that has been demolished, which
has Timbers of a similar age, similar scale to what we need, and
we are going to transfer them over. As the restoration continues onside,
the library's contents are being replicated offside. Join is working
from previous photos and designs, lamps salvaged from the debris
providing templates for the new lights. But it will look a little
providing templates for the new different. Those would panels, dark
and overtime, will look much more like the original Ron McIntosh
created. This will be a dark forest of enlightenment, as Macintosh
described it, but it will be different and it will actually be
assembly would have looked into it in 1910 but not in 2012. So it will
be a shock but I think a really beautiful experience. It is a slow
process, though, and one that will take at least another two years to
complete. Let's get the weather
now from Judith. A very good evening to you, big
changes coming our way during the A very good evening to you, big
course of this week, but as far as this evening and the night is
concerned, it is a predominantly dry picture. Just one or two showers
over the Western Isles, clearing skies allowing temperatures to fall
away, could be -3 or four through parts of the Highlands and inland,
Aberdeenshire. We will see frost, some mist and fog patches, typically
around two to three degrees but will start to see wind is picking up
along the West Coast of the morning, a sign of things to come. Let's take
a look at the pressure chart. First of all, high-pressure moves away,
opening the floodgates for Atlantic blows, wet and windy conditions.
Behind it, we take our air source all the way from Canada, cold air,
westerly wind bringing frequent, blustery showers. Tomorrow morning
it starts off dry, bread, some sunshine, cold and frosty as well.
For most of us it stays dry for Match of the Day and then the
weather front pushes across much of Scotland with winds. Some -- for
much of the day. We will see Gales developing across the north-west
corner well. During daylight hours, Orkney and Shetland should stay dry.
Not much daylight at this time year. For the north-east, dryer, a colder
feel as well, cloud lingering towards Eastport coastal areas,
particularly down towards the borders with a few spots of rain in
the Southern uplands. That rain in the West starts to make inroads
across western Scotland during the course of the evening and overnight.
Strong winds for West along coastal areas. Come Wednesday morning,
frequent blustery showers. They will feel really quite cold on Wednesday
with the wind chill. The wintry mix of showers, hail and thunder, the
Met office have issued a yellow warning the difficult conditions
across the north-west but dry for the south and east for Match of the
Day. Now, a reminder of
tonight's main news... The Russian ambassador to Turkey,
Andrei Karlov, has been shot dead Mr Karlov was speaking
at a reception at an art gallery I'll be back with the headlines at 8
and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone
on the team - right This is all nonsense - it's highly
entertaining, nonetheless it's... I'm starting this new job, I'm
taking over a really tough school. Where is it?
You're not going down south...? Huddersfield? I know. That's like
the dark side of the moon. You do know that this house
is haunted? This is all nonsense - it's highly
entertaining, nonetheless it's... 'The Halifax Players
have asked me and Alan to step in.' These are sophisticated people. They
live in Kent, for goodness' sake. 'Don't miss
the two-part Christmas special...' Last Tango In Halifax. Starts
Monday 19th December on BBC One. First in the spotlight tonight
is the chef Paul Rankin. His specialist subject,
Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy. She'll be answering questions
on the human body. takes as his subject
Chelsea Football Club. And the undisputed star of CBBC,
Hacker T Dog, Hello, and welcome to
Celebrity Mastermind with me, John Humphrys,
and four famous faces in their different ways
over the years. But are now about, perhaps,
to face a more testing challenge. One of our contenders is even going
to be allowed on the furniture. 90 seconds of questions
on their specialist subject and two minutes on
general knowledge. So, let's ask our first contender
to join us, please.
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