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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.


Join Jackie Bird for the latest news headlines, and Glenn Campbell for a special debate with voters quizzing both sides on what the EU referendum means for Scotland.

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