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Will converts, talking to the man who brought the art
with the First Minister facing a claim that lives could be put
at risk, because of delays in creating four new specialist
trauma centres at hospitals across Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon says it's correct to take time
Here's our political editor Brian Taylor.
Here is the First Minister touring one in Dundee.
They deal with casualties from major incidents.
Plans to upgrade and integrate them were due
Communities have been expecting these centres for two
years and are now told to wait at least another three.
I think they deserve a fuller explanation.
Labour spotlighted Aberdeen and said an
enhanced trauma centre there was vital to cope
with emergencies that might arise in the North Sea.
The life-saving medics told me what they're
telling the Government, more delays will cost lives.
The First Minister said initial plans had been
But they decided to stick with four centres.
We are not talking about creating from scratch four new
facilities that currently don't exist.
These four hospitals in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and
Edinburgh already provide excellent trauma care.
continuing to enhance what they do and to join up the services they
provide with the services that other hospitals provide and with the
service the ambulance service provides in an integrated network.
These were robust exchanges, reflecting the emotive nature of the
The opposition said a promise has been broken.
But Nicola Sturgeon said that a plan had been
sensibly restructured in the light of advice
Snow and ice have caused disruption on Scotland's
roads today with a spate of accidents and delays.
Winter in Scotland - a season with many different faces.
The picturesque, capable of turning into
On the M74 this morning the conditions brought
Across the country the snow has been patchy.
But where it's fallen it has caused problems.
Here just outside Dunblane you see the kind of
problems that drivers have been seeing.
It took six hours to free this delivery van.
And Sir Chris Hoy was rescued by a gritter after his car spun off
But the general picture for those monitoring major roads was
We have had to deal with a number of incidents,
some closed roads, we have had to deploy our gritters
in fact we had 241 gritters out last night and we dealt with temperatures
As those gritters were being put to work, the impact
In the Highlands and Dumfries and Galloway
Some ferry services to the islands were cancelled.
Rough seas hinting at what lies ahead for some - strong
winds, snow and ice all feature in a series
of weather warnings that last until tomorrow evening.
Staying mindful of what a Scottish winter is
More than 500 jobs are to go at Kwik Fit Insurance Services
in North Lanarkshire, after attempts to find
Staff at the Uddingston contact centre were told it
Owner Ageas said it had suffered the consequences of a change
Ageas will now focus on finding alternative work for the 521 staff
Yesterday's incident, which saw a lorry blown over
on the Forth Road Bridge and the ensuing travel disruption,
has raised questions about whether lorry drivers
ignore warnings because of pressure to meet deadlines.
As John McManus reports that's the claim of one driver who's been
It was different on Wednesday, when the
Forth Road Bridge was closed because of this accident.
But it is not the first time high-sided vehicles have been
This driver who was caught up in yesterday's delays says
industry colleagues are under pressure.
Our customer pays for the transport and they say to the
company, if the load isn't there by the time
that we stipulate, then you will be fined.
IE, money will be taken off of our agreed price.
That, they project that pressure on to the driver.
There are no official figures on how many HGV ignore high
But the police were sufficiently concerned about the
dangers to lorries that it launched a campaign in October.
The company running the Forth Road Bridge said
it passes details of incidents to the police,
It only takes one HGV to bring the bridge to a closure and the
consequences of that we saw yesterday.
And it was reliant on the drivers following the signage.
Otherwise one HGV can close the bridge.
This industry body posts advice on driving.
Drivers are not under pressure from operators to
ignore road traffic signs and any safety advice.
Across Scotland, high-sided vehicles and high winds
The punctiality and reliability of train services in Scotland have
improved over the last month according to figures
But although it's the third period in a row that the company has
reported an improvement it's still operating below the target set
The timely arrival of a train during a snow flurry in Glasgow today.
The punctuality of services got better,
but they're still below the targets set by the Government.
We are not at the level we want to be at.
What we are busy with is a rolling programme
that will continuously improve punctuality.
In the last month almost 90% of services ran within
Which ScotRail say is proof they're heading in the right direction.
You can get to where you want to go easily.
When there has been delays, there is replacement buses
and I can't say we have been stuck anywhere.
We could probably do with having slightly nicer trains I would
Some new trains are promised from September.
But issues like the signalling fault at Haymarket
yesterday will continue to put a dent in the figures.
Milngavie station - one of many stations where
services were disrupted throughout the Central belt.
This is a busy commuter line and one traveller said
It used to be that the service was generally very reliable.
And now every week I often get a taxi home
from work if the trains are significantly delayed.
Events on the network can affect services anywhere
and that is what you get when you have a network as busy as ours.
So we have a total focus to minimise the effect
of signalling failures or rolling stock failures.
Last week's disruption at Airdrie as a child's
scooter was thrown onto overhead lines.
ScotRail says things will continue to improve.
Their challenge is to convince their customers of that.
An agreement has been reached to ensure that foreign workers
on freight boats serving Orkney and Shetland are paid
This cargo boat waits for a weather window to sail to Aberdeen.
But there is good news for the crew on board.
An agreement has been reached to ensure
all the seafarers are paid at least the minimum wage.
And a new charter arrangement will see the operators
of the Lifeline ferry contract take over the running of cargo vessels.
The crew were being paid less than the minimum wage.
As soon I became aware of the situation, we
now have agreement in place to pay at least the minimum wage.
The RMT union has launched a high-profile
They called on the Scottish Government to intervene.
They held a protest at the quayside in Aberdeen and marched
If you had let us know were coming today, we
could have done our homework and found out exactly what the issue is.
However, it is a Scottish Government contract
and RMT remain absolutely convinced and certain
that the rates of pay that are collectively bargained by this
The new contract comes into force next month.
Time now for the weather outlook for tonight and tomorrow.
on. It is a cold and icy night for some.
I hear low warning is enforced. As that rain moves south, it will turn
to snow. Over the north, this is the next few hours if you are driving,
atrocious conditions on some of the roads with blisters likely and is
now being blown around by severe gales. Very wintry indeed. --
blizzards. Creating quickly tomorrow but in this week still some snow
showers and windy conditions, especially on the coast. For many it
is a cold and icy start. Temperatures around one or two
Celsius. Further north, a sprinkling of snow showers across the
north-east and north-west. Very windy indeed, especially around the
coast. Those big waves are likely to crash over at times, potentially
dangerous at the coast. For most, a bright, sunny and crisp day but icy
in places and quite chilly despite the wind is dying down. South of the
border, a wintry start but largely dry. It will be chilly with those
north, north-west wind is -- wins. Snow showers for parts of Northern
Ireland and the north-west of Scotland. Temperatures are around
three Celsius but I don the wind-chill. Snow showers drifts off
into parts of your shirt and Dumfries and Galloway and the East.
Another cold day on Saturday. Some sunshine and perhaps a few showers.
Turning milder by Sunday. That's Reporting Scotland. From everyone on
the late team, good