13/01/2017 Reporting Scotland


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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have apologised to expectant mothers,

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who were turned away from the flagship

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital because of a shortage of beds.

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One pregnant woman who was waiting for a bed after her waters broke,

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told BBC Scotland the situation last night was "chaos."

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Here's our Health Correspondent Lisa Summers.

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Normal service has resumed today but it was a different story

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yesterday, with labour wards full foremost of it.

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This is how one expectant mother described the scene last night,

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when she was waiting for a bed to become available.

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She said it was chaos, and another woman whose contractions

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were two minutes apart had nowhere to give birth.

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NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde offered an apology but said

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Three mothers were diverted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital

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Two others had their planned deliveries delayed.

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But the pressure on services in Glasgow raises concerns about

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Across the country, a picture of pressure on maternity

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Our birth rate in Scotland is steady at the moment.

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The issue we are seeing is a greater complexity in the women we care for.

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That is partly to do with women being older when they have babies,

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maybe they come to us with some medical conditions,

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and there is a higher rate of Caesarean sections

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Maternity services are having to adapt and as the face

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of the nation changes it will inevitably mean more pressure

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Detectives investigating the death of a man in an East Dunbartonshire

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house fire have said they are following what they call

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The body of 23-year-old Cameron Logan was found at his parents'

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house in Milngavie just before 7:30am on New Year's Day. His

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girlfriend, Rebecca Williams, suffered serious injuries, although

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reports suggest that her condition in hospital may be improving so much

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she has been able to talk to police officers. And both she and Cameron's

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parents needed treatment for smoke. Soon after to what they call this

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complex crime scene, forensics investigators say they believe the

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fire had been started deliberately. Police called it a targeted and

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wilful attack and they've been treating it as a case of murder and

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three cases of attempted murder. This afternoon, detectives said they

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were now following what they called a definite line of inquiry and to

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try and unpack what that means, it is often police speak for the fact

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they have identified the suspect, and it usually means they would hope

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to be able to make an arrest quite quickly. Officers have been trying

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to trace dog walkers and joggers seen in the area at the time the

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fire started. And a week after the attack year happened, they were also

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in nearby streets and local shops stopping and talking to passers-by

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in the hopes of identifying more witnesses.

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The family of a woman who died after battling multiple sclerosis

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for years say she should have been allowed to choose when to die.

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Flora Lorimer, who died last month, was paralysed and in constant pain

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Her family have published harrowing pictures of her ravaged

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by the illness, in the hope that they will persuade

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politicians to change the law on assisted suicide.

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Steven Godden's report contains pictures some

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Childhood sweethearts, they had only been married three years

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She shrugged and said, let's get on with life.

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It did not bother her, you know, for 30 years.

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But in the last four years, her deterioration accelerated.

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Completely blind, Tom could not see it, but could only

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She could not move, feed herself, could not scratch her nose.

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That's when she started to say, I don't want to be here.

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Every day she would be crying, I want to die, please help me.

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The government could help her, doctors could help

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If the law had allowed it, the family say she would have

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When she died last month, they took these pictures

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Difficult to view, the difficult decision to make them public

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People need to know why they want to stop it.

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She said, do it when I'm dead, not when I'm alive.

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Proposals to introduce right to die legislation through the Scottish

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parliament crystallised opinion on both sides.

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The Law Society and Church of Scotland were among those

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MSPs were given a free vote and the bill was defeated.

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The problem is that if you change the law for the hard cases,

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it can cause problems for many vulnerable people.

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They might feel under pressure from other people,

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Since sharing these pictures, the family say they have been

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inundated with messages from others with similar stories.

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They hope politicians might be prompted to look again at the issue

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Well, it has brought it back into the spotlight.

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I don't think it will make a difference.

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What's claimed to be the first underwater pictures of humpback

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whales in UK waters have been taken by a wildlife guide

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Richard Shucksmith has taken advantage of an exceptional year

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for whale sightings in the islands to get the shots.

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Looming out of the dark, two 30 ton humpback whales.

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This sequence of stills was shot just before Christmas in Shetland

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He has seen whales many times, but never so close.

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To get in the water with them, and one of the biggest animals

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in the world coming past here, it was exhilarating, it was fun.

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A little bit nervous, but generally, it was an amazing experience.

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His encounter was captured on film by fellow wildlife

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It turns out this was probably the first time humpback whales have

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been caught on an underwater camera in the UK.

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an image of something, and to be the first one to get it

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2016 was an exceptional year for whale watching in Shetland

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and local tourism organisations hope it will bring more

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Well, it's over to the weather outlook for tonight and tomorrow.

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Good evening. After a cold day, a cold night in store with

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temperatures subzero pretty much across the board. Our attention is

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on the risk of ice, a yellow be aware warning. A cold start the day

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tomorrow, icy in places, a few rain showers, a few snow showers for the

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far north, North and Northern Isles but for many tomorrow it is a dry,

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crisp, cold and sunny winter's day. Similar south of the border. Across

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Northern Ireland in towards the Isle of Man and Wales, cloudy with some

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rain showers. Down eastern coast, some wintry showers. The bulk of the

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UK dry and bright. Bit of an east-west split as well. Western

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areas, the Northwest, cloudy, some rain showers but milder. Elsewhere,

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dryer, brighter, sunnier but colder, too. If there is snow on the ground,

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struggling to get above freezing. The cloud tends to increase through

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the day but it shouldn't spoil things for most of us. However,

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heading through the second half of Saturday, we see a change as the

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cloud builds and the rain arrives, pushing its way in west to east.

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This is a warm front. As it meets cold air, potentially a spell of

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snow. It soon clears away but the legacy behind it is a very different

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day on Sunday compared with tomorrow. It is far cloudier, quite

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murky at times with extensive hill fog. It will be milder with

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temperatures up to eight or nine. Further east, seven or eight.

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Brightness, that will be very limited indeed. That's the forecast

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for now. From everyone on the

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late team, goodnight. Why wouldn't

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he even look at our offer? You treat sickness of the mind,

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doctor.

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