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A health board apologises to five pregnant women who were turned away
at Glasgow's flagship hospital because of a shortage of beds.
Detectives investigating the murder of a man in a house fire
in Milngavie say they're following a positive
The family of a woman who died, after battling multiple
sclerosis for years, say she should have been allowed
Every day she would say, I want to die, please help me do I. What do
you say to that when you can't help? I couldn't help her. The government
could help her, doctors could help her. Why won't they do that?
Just a bit of space so I can get moving, please.
as Sir Andy prepares for the first grand slam tournament of the season.
And one of the largest creatures in the ocean is filmed
underwater off Shetland, in what's thought to be a UK first.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have apologised to expectant mothers
who were turned away from the flagship
Queen Elizabeth Hospital because of a shortage of beds.
One pregnant woman, who was waiting for a bed after her waters broke,
told BBC Scotland the situation last night was "chaos".
Normal service has resumed today but it was a different service --
different story yesterday, with Labour wards full foremost of it.
This is how one expectant mother described the scene last night, when
she was waiting for a bed to become available. She said it was chaos,
and another woman whose contractions were two minutes apart had nowhere
to give birth. NHS Glasgow and greater Clyde offered an apology but
said it was a small number of patients. Three mothers were
diverted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Princess Royal. Two
others had their planned deliveries delayed. But the pressure on
services in Glasgow raises concerns about proposals to close community
units. Across the country, a picture of pressure on maternity services is
emerging. Our birth rate in Scotland is steady at the moment. The issue
we are seeing is a greater complexity in the women we care for.
That is partly to do with women being older when they have babies,
maybe they come to us with some medical conditions, and there is a
higher rate of Caesarean sections than in the past. Maternity services
are having to adapt and as the face of the nation changes it will
inevitably mean more pressure on front line services.
Lisa, what is the bigger picture for maternity
This was distressing for these women but this is not just one hospital in
Glasgow. There are occasions when mothers have to be diverted because
of pressure on beds, perhaps because they need access to specialist
neonatal services. It should be done in consultation with midwives, so
the expectant parents are not turning up and getting turned away
again. Or example here in Edinburgh, there are around 10,000 babies born
last year, and in 70 cases they were born at other hospitals. How that
fits into the bigger picture of pressure on maternity services in
terms of the changing demographic, we are expecting the government to
publish a review of maternity and neonatal services in the coming
weeks. Thank you. Detectives investigating the death
of a man in an East Dunbartonshire house fire have said
they are following what they call Huw Williams is at the house
in Milngavie for us tonight. The body of 23 years rolled camera
and Logan was found at his parents house soon after emergency services
were called here just before 7:30am on New Year's Day. His girlfriend,
Rebecca Williams, suffered serious injuries, although reports in the
last couple of days suggest that her condition in hospital may be
improving so much that she has been able to talk to police officers.
Both Cameron Logan's parents needed treatment for the effects of
breathing in smoke. Soon after they were called to this crime scene,
forensics investigators were able to say they believed the fire had been
started deliberately. Police called it a targeted, wilful attack and
have been treating it as a case of murder and three cases of attempted
murder. This afternoon, detectives said they were now following what
they called a definite line of enquiry. To unpack what that means,
it is often police speak for the fact that they have identified a
suspect, and it usually means they would hope to be able to make an
arrest quickly. Officers had been trying to trace dog walkers and
joggers seen in the area at the time the fire started, and a week after
the attack happened, they were also in nearby streets and local shops,
stopping and talking to passers-by in the hopes of identifying more
witnesses. The family of a woman who died
after battling multiple sclerosis for years say she should have been
allowed to choose when to die. Flora Lorimer, who died last month,
was paralysed and in constant pain Her family have published
harrowing pictures of her, ravaged by the illness,
in the hope that they will persuade politicians to change the law
on assisted suicide. Steven Godden's report
contains pictures some Childhood sweethearts, Laura had
only been married three years when she was diagnosed with MS. She
shrugged and said, let's get on with life. It did not bother her, you
know, for 30 years. But in the last four years, her deterioration
accelerated. Completely blind, Tom could not see it, but could only
feel his wife wasting away. She could not move, feed herself, could
not scratch her nose. That's when she started to say, I don't want to
be here. Every day she would be crying, I want to die, please help
me. What do you say to that? I couldn't help her. The government
could help her, doctors could help her, but they won't. Why won't they
do that? If the law had allowed it, the family say she would have ended
her own life two years ago. When she died last month, they took these
pictures during her final few hours. Difficult to view, the difficult
decision to make them public was born of frustration. People need to
know why they want to stop it. Why? Nobody sees these pictures. She
said, do it when I'm dead, not when I'm alive. Do it when I'm dead.
Proposals to introduce right to die legislation through the Scottish
parliament crystallised opinion on both sides. The Law Society and
Church of Scotland were among those to voice opposition. That was two
years ago. MS peas were given a free vote and the bill was defeated. The
years ago. MS peas were given a free problem is that if you change the
law for the hard cases, it can cause problems for many vulnerable people.
They might feel under pressure from other people, or because of their
own illness. Since sharing these pictures, the family say they have
been inundated with messages from others with similar stories. They
hope politicians might be prompted to look again at the issue of
assisted suicide. Well, it has brought it back into the spotlight.
I don't think it will make a difference. I've got my fingers
crossed. It's the first step in the use
of new, devolved powers on welfare. Tenants in the social and private
sectors will be able to get the housing element
of Universal Credit paid People will also be given further
help to control their budgets by choosing monthly
or fortnightly payments. But the Conservatives say
the Scottish government's too slow It's the view from Sighthill. BBC
Scotland's new documentary has been looking at the big changes in social
housing. All those in, then building, residents moving into new
town houses. Beautiful. It's massive. People's homes and how they
pay for them. It's the first area to be impacted by new devolved powers
from Westminster to Holyrood. People in places such as this might start
to notice a difference. The first steps apply to universal credit. By
the autumn, ministers will allow people to choose whether the housing
element of the payment goes directly to the landlord, in both the social
and private sectors. Also to help budgeting, tenants can choose
monthly or fortnightly payments. It's not known what the admin costs
will be. Campaigners say it's a step forward but want more. We welcome
the use of these administrative powers to make budgeting easier
following families on universal credit, but the bottom line is
universal credit and support for families is inadequate. We need to
invest in family benefits, and the Scottish Government now has the
power to top up benefits. We would urge them to top up child benefit.
The UK Conservative government devolved the power. The party here
says it is time for the Scottish Government to make use of what they
have. I welcome that the UK Government has given the Scottish
Government these powers but the Scottish Government have only used a
small portion of the powers devolved. I want to see them using
more. The Scottish Government is in the process of setting up its own
Social Security agency, but ministers have asked not to take on
the full powers available to them until 2020. We are not delaying. We
the full powers available to them are taking the right amount of time
to go through the process that you need to go through in order to be
sure that none of the 1.4 million people who are dependent on these 11
benefits suffer because we have rushed matters. Building continues
in Sighthill. The Scottish Government say they are carefully
constructing the new welfare system, but their opponents think there are
unnecessary delays. Canon Kenyon Wright,
who chaired the Scottish Constitutional Convention,
has died at the age of 84. The Convention played a central
role in the creation The First Minister,
Nicola Sturgeon, has paid tribute. She said Canon Wright's
death is a great loss to Scotland's political,
civic and religious communities. He campaigned for devolution during
the 1980s, in the face of opposition What happens if that other voice we
all know so well responds by saying, we say no? We say no, and we are the
state. Well, we say yes, and we are the people.
There's change afoot for Scottish businesses
Others are demanding there should be radical reform.
Two shops in Falkirk. One shopkeeper. You might think it makes
sense to run one business out of these two addresses but the business
rates for a single business is higher than two rates, and two still
equal ?1300 a month. Now selling Prom dresses, business is as tough
as it has been in 21 years, challenged by declining footfall and
online competition. But the rates bill does not change and it weighs
heavily. I would open another five shops because Falkirk people like
independent businesses. I would love to open more shots but I can't
because of the rates. The rates are crippling. If you go to any business
and mention business rates, you will get somebody like me on a soapbox --
on a soapbox, renting. Business rates are charged on shops, offices
factories even phone masts. You pay a percentage, or a poundage of the
factories even phone masts. You pay value, currently nearly half. In
total, this year's bill is ?2.8 billion. The smallest commercial
premises are exempt. The Scottish Finance Minister plans to raise the
threshold for that bonus scheme in the budget this year, including the
Paisley cafe he visited today, so that more than 100,000 businesses
are exempt. It would be life changing for the business and for
the young people we would be able to employ because of the saving on our
rates. But bigger businesses have to pay the price. ?125 million this
year. That is a supplement to the tax, which has just doubled, which
is one reason why there is pressure for change. Larger businesses are
paying a higher rate of tax than any other part of the UK and they have
been over the past year and will continue to do so over the next
year. That is something we want to see changed. So ministers have set
up an independent review of business rates. The review can help to look
at the different levers in relation to business rates, to make sure we
have a package that is supportive for economic growth, but discourages
tax avoidance and makes sure we are using all of the incentives
appropriately to support business growth. The review will report back
this summer. Among the questions it faces, whether some sectors are
unfairly treated, like shops, is the balance right between big and small
firms, is rental value the best basis for tax, or turnover be
fairer, and is the appeal system fair? But the big question is how
can business rate reform help new firms to create new jobs, in the
economy? One condition, whatever changes it brings about, it has to
raise the same amount of money as the current system.
You're watching BBC Reporting Scotland.
Our top story: A health board apologises to five pregnant women
turned away from the maternity unit at Glasgow's flagship hospital.
Murray Mania in Australia as Sir Andy prepares for the first
Sir Andy Murray could come up against former champions
Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic in his last three
matches should they all progress at the Australian Open,
Those would be his opponents in the latter stages, after the draw
But first, is a little known Ukranian, on Monday.
From Melbourne, here's Kheredine Idessane.
The warmest of welcomes down under for the world number one.
Just a little bit of space, so I can get moving, please.
His knighthood seems to appeal to the locals.
He has every right to be feeling on top of the world,
as he approaches one of his favourite tournaments.
It's a tournament, I've been in the final five times.
I've played really well in the past, but never quite managed to get
I'm hoping this is going to be my year.
I finished last season as best as I could, coming
in as number one in the world, so I feel good.
The hard work continues to make sure he is ready.
He is in familiar surroundings, having first played
at the Australian Open in 2006, but as Sir Andy Murray,
will there be any protocol problems for the organisers?
I'm sure there will be others around the locker room who will be
giving him a bit of a rib on it, but it's Andy Murray,
I don't think it will change too much.
It's a great honour, one of the biggest honours
in Britain you can get, so I'm very happy about that.
But how happy will Andy Murray be with his draw here in Melbourne?
He shouldn't have too many problems in his opening match
against the Ukrainian, Illya Marchenko.
But if he reaches further matches, he could face Roger Federer
in the quarterfinal, Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals,
before potentially yet another final against defending champion Novak
After losing four finals to him, Andy Murray's mission is to loosen
the Serb's grip on a trophy he has come to call his own.
Rugby's Glasgow Warriors will have to beat the best team in Europe
to have any hope of reaching the knock-out stage
That's according to the club's head coach Gregor Townsend.
Glasgow face Munster at Scotstoun tomorrow night,
Cheers. Fear not, these are not Glasgow Warriors players as you may
have guessed. Dedicated supporters already looking ahead to the big
game. What is the feeling on the eve of the game for a die-hard fan? Very
confident. Both teams are well matched, it depends on who comes out
with more confidence tomorrow. Glasgow Warriors are a Scottish
rugby success story, consistently finishing in the top four in the
Pro12 league but they have never reached the last eight of the
European Champions Cup. And even the experienced internationals admit the
pressure is on. As we apply a lot of pressure on ourselves, we target
every day in training being the best pressure on ourselves, we target
team in Europe and we are going about in the right way so far but
had to keep grounded and work hard and hopefully we can qualify. It is
a try. Munster have already beaten them twice this season, convincingly
in island in the Champions Cup and by one point in the Pro12 in
Glasgow. The Warriors must buck that trend or their dream will be over.
We plan for an opposition like we do every week. We work out what we can
improve on from the week before, what the opposition are going to
bring, their traits and areas where we can exploit but alter their
strengths and they have a lot of strength in their game, they are
probably the best team in Europe on form just now. Glasgow can look to
their greatest achievement to date for inspiration if it is needed. It
was the mighty Munster they defeated in the Pro12 final in 2015. And
there will be plenty more Glasgow Warriors fans raising a glass
tomorrow if there is a similar outcome. We are Warriors!
A collection of more than 50 paintings depicting
the story of Tam O'Shanter, will go on display in Ayrshire
The paintings were made by Alexander Goudie in 1995
and have only been seen in their entirety once before.
Our arts correspondent Pauline McLean reports.
The tale of Tam O'Shanter is regarded as one of Robert Burns'
greatest poems and is painted version became artist Alexander
Goudie's most celebrated work. Epic in scale and the subject, it is a
challenge to display and this is the first of all 54 paintings had been
seen together since the collection was donated to South Ayrshire in
1999. It will give us an opportunity to bring in schoolchildren, primary
and secondary, those interested in the literary side and those who want
to see the value of capturing the written work onto canvas. A
permanent display would be a great challenge but it is a display we
would love to share with people throughout Scotland and throughout
the world. The entire collection is only been seen once before at the
Edinburgh festival in 1996. A bid by the National Galleries to raise the
funds to buy them failed and there were fears the collection would be
divided up and sold separately. I had not seen them put together for
ten, 15 years. All of which makes his son Lachlan, himself an artist,
relieved and delighted they are once again together in public. He had
plenty of people who wanted to take away the individual works and hang
them above the mantelpiece but this collection make sense when you see
them from the beginning to the end and it turned the black and white
text of Robert Burns' poem into the most vivid fireworks you can
imagine. The exhibition opens on Sunday in times for Burns night and
so minutes renditions of the tale of Tam O'Shanter, none more vivid and
colourful than the one told by Alexander Goudie in this epic series
of paintings. What's claimed to be the first
underwater pictures of humpback whales in UK waters have been taken
by a wildlife guide Richard Shucksmith has taken
advantage of an exceptional year for whale sightings
in the islands to get the shots. Looming out of the dark,
230 tonne humpback whales. This sequence of stills was shot
just before Christmas in Shetland He has seen whales many times,
but never so close. To get in the water with them,
and one of the biggest animals in the world coming past here,
it was exhilarating, it was fun. A little bit nervous, but generally,
it was an amazing experience. His encounter was captured
on film by fellow wildlife It turns out this was probably
the first time humpback whales have been caught on an underwater camera
in the UK. an image of something,
and to be the first one to get it 2016 was an exceptional year
for whale watching in Shetland and local tourism organisations hope
it will bring more Let's find out what the weather's
going to be getting It has certainly been a wintry week
for many but heading through the weekend we replace those cold winds
with something a touch milder but it also introduces more moisture and
cloud. Right now we are so focused on the cold, icy, and for some snowy
conditions. Tonight our attention is on the risk of ice. There is a metal
base yellow the aware warning enforced pretty much covering the
whole country. A few showers in the West, rain on the coast which moves
inland, perhaps affecting west central Scotland for a brief time
but most of those showers affecting highland regions into the north-east
and the Northern Isles. For many you will notice it is dry, cold and
frosty and icy, temperatures even in town below freezing and in the
countryside, -6, -8, even -10. A cold start tomorrow and icy in
places. Rain showers on the West Coast, wintry showers in the
north-east still but for many it is bright and sunny and crisp. And it
is cold. By mid-afternoon in Central and eastern parts, some sunshine,
further west, a bit more clout, a bit of a breeze from the West and
some rain showers so milder. For many it is dry and bright although
the cloud will increase through the afternoon. If you hill walking or
climbing, Saturday is better than Sunday and on Saturday, in the West
and north-west there will be some showers at times, some bright moment
and after a windy start they will moderate by mid-afternoon, 2225
miles an hour. In eastern ranges, the winds will be similar but more
chance of some unbroken sunshine and it will be cold on the tops again
and with any wind at all, bitingly cold with the wind chill. Into the
evening and the cloud spreading across the country and we see the
first signs of a change with this rate approaching from the Atlantic.
That will move west to east overnight, Saturday to Sunday,
initially falling as snow but quickly turning back to rain. And it
pulls through but leaves a legacy of fairly cloudy, murky conditions in
the second half of the weekend. Although Sunday will be a good bit
milder in places, it will be a lot cloudier, some fairly extensive hill
fog, drizzly rain most likely in the West but temperatures up to eight or
10 Celsius. That is the forecast for now.
Now, a reminder of tonight's main news...
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have apologised to expectant mothers
who were turned away from the flagship
Queen Elizabeth Hospital because of a shortage of beds.
Thousands of people living on the east coast of England
are being evacuated after the threat of severe flooding caused by high
I'll be back with the headlines at 8pm and the late bulletin just
Until then, from everyone on the team right across the country,
Parents are facing an explosion in the number of children saying