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The First Minister has signed a letter requesting the powers
for another referendum on Scottish independence.
Nicola Sturgeon argues Scotland deserves the right to choose
what path to follow in the wake of the Brexit vote.
The UK Government has already said it will block a referendum,
until after the Brexit process has been completed.
Here's our Scotland editor, Sarah Smith.
Nicola Sturgeon is signing the letter that she will send to Downing
Street. There's been a picture released tonight by the Scottish
government when you can see Nicola Sturgeon with her shoes kicked off,
her legs tucked up working on the letter. It's a much more informal
image than we saw of Theresa May in Downing Street where she was
starting -- signing the Article 50 letter. The contrast? That's no
accidents, believe me. Whilst she might look casual, the contents of
the letter couldn't be more serious. In it, she repeats she has a clear
mandate for an independence referendum, not just because of what
was in the manifesto last but because she's got the backing of the
Scottish Parliament. She repeats she thinks the boat should be held in
18-24 months' time because she says the shape of the Brexit deal will be
clear that and Scottish voters could make a decision. She knows what the
answer is going to be. Downing Street have been very clear. They
say now is not the time to talk about another independence
referendum and they don't even want to enter discussions about this
until the UK has left the EU and to enter discussions about this
they are suggesting maybe for even several years after that.
Earlier the First Minister accused the Westminster government
of planning a "power grab", with its plans to move thousands
of pieces of European Union law onto the UK statute book,
UK ministers say the changes will include significant new powers
Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports
on what the bill might mean for Scotland.
A quieter Westminster today, parliament moving on from
Focus switching to how Brexit woodwork.
Deconstructing the media village is swift, but dismantling the rule
Today, part of the plan was published.
A bill converting European law into domestic legislation.
Now is the time to come together in ensuring the UK as a whole
is prepared for challenges and opportunities presented
Under the bill, thousands of laws would be created,
Scottish ministers get power to amend the bold legislation,
the UK Government says a number of powers will come to Holyrood
from Brussels, but some may go to Westminster.
Ministers say that it is necessary to protect stability.
My preference is more devolution rather than less.
There will also be a review of provision in schools.
But some organisations say it lacks ambition, and funds.
Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.
Overall, what did you make of the strategy?
I thought there were a couple of things missing.
First, there was no mention of black and minority ethnic people in terms
This woman began to experience mental health
Half of all mental health problems begin in childhood.
It was a long wait for NHS counselling, so found
I had a lot of anxiety, which I think I've always had.
I cannot remember not having it, I still have it.
What I now know is depression, but at the time didn't know that.
The government says it wants parity between mental and physical health.
But the mental health Minister acknowledges that only one in three
people who would benefit from treatment is actually
There has also been a great deal of criticism about missed
For children and young people getting access
We want to create a Scotland where stigma related to mental
The strategy was presented to Parliament this afternoon.
The mental health Minister said that she would implement 40 actions,
including employing 800 specially trained staff, a review
of counselling services in schools, and a clinical framework
This is the sort of thing the government is investing in.
Earlier today, the Minister visited a weekly drop-in centre, a hub
Prevention and early intervention are the priorities.
You see for the first time over ?1 billion being spent
There is already 150 million in place, and the First Minister
recently announced an extra ?35 million.
What we have committed to today is making sure that spending
on mental health will increase above what is spent
Opposition parties and charities are concerned the strategy lacks
Psychiatrists say that they are pleased with the vision to equate
mental and physical health but are concerned about funding.
23% of the work done in health services surrounds mental health,
yet just under 8% of the budget goes to mental health services.
With 300 million, that brings us up to about 8%.
So, we are still looking at a significant gap
between the size of the problem and the size of the
This woman has her own worries about how far the strategy will go,
but she says early intervention is key.
It has been a lot easier for me to know understanding when I'm
I genuinely think if I did not get that help at the age of 16,
Lisa Summers, reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.
A dr who misled other medics about Pauline Cafferkey,
a nurse who developed the Ebola virus, has been suspended
Dr Hannah Ryan took Ms Cafferkey's temperature at Heathrow airport,
as they returned from West Africa, where they'd been volunteering.
Although the Scottish nurse was running a high temperature,
a warning sign of the virus, Dr Ryan, pictured here
agreed to a lower value being recorded.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal said she'd been guilty
The way victims of sexual assault are treated by the NHS
and the police after making a complaint, has been
strongly criticised by an independent watchdog.
The Inspector of Constabulary says services offered to some victims
are "unacceptable," and lag behind the rest of the UK.
Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.
This clinic in Glasgow is regarded as a model for the treatment
They receive professional care here while forensic medical
examiners gather evidence to put before a court.
But it's the only one of its kind in Scotland and is not always
The Inspector of Constabulary says this gives a two tier system whilst
elsewhere in Scotland the service offered is described
There should be one examination able to address any immediate clinical
needs and retrieve any forensic evidence but more importantly that
care pathway and actually intervene to meet the wider counselling
and follow-up care that an individual might need.
The report says the priority in medical forensic examinations
should be to address the immediate medical needs of patients
The gathering of evidence for future criminal proceedings should be
But the report also says most forensic medical examinations
in Scotland take place in police stations which it says rarely
have discreet access and are much more difficult
It goes on to say that Scotland is lagging behind the rest
of the UK in dealing with sexual assault victims.
In England there are 43 sexual assault referral centres.
In Wales four where victims are treated what evidence is retrieved.
But in Scotland only one, the report says the government
This former senior detective wrote a report four years ago making
Victims need to have faith in the process from end to end
and if that includes a medical examination it should be done
sensitively and a appropriately and with specialist,
highly trained and skilled professionals.
The Scottish Government says it is committed to improving
services to meet the needs of victims, it has announced
an expert group to do that with new standards being published
Now, before we go, it's time to find out what the weather's going to be
like for tonight and the end of the week.
Good evening. Fairly wet conditions tonight, here's the latest rainfall,
slowly starting to turn heavy. Pretty much tonight, it's cloudy,
turning wet, but it will be mild with temperatures 8-10. Tomorrow
morning, it is wet, but the heaviest and most persistent of the rain in
the West. East of here, the Borders into the Lothians, cloudy, with a
spot of drizzle. Similar into parts of eastern five, Angus,
Aberdeenshire, perhaps even some morning sunshine. Although it is a
dry start for the Northern Isles, there it is, marching northwards, so
if you start the day dry, expect a few spots of rain through the
morning as that wet weather journeys north. Across the UK, we have most
of the wet weather tomorrow. South of the border, a case of some
showers. Temperatures into the mid, maybe high teens. Some sunshine and
showers in Northern Ireland. For the weekend, we welcome in April, and we
welcome the April showers. This Saturday, the showers are
everywhere. As we head through to Sunday, a ridge of high pressure
builds which means the second half of the weekend, Sunday, will be
better weather-wise because it is drier, brighter, with spells of
sunshine. It is fresher, with winds from the south-west. Then a sneaky
look at next week because we have weather fronts Monday and Tuesday
threatening some wet weather. High pressure in the Atlantic muscles its
way in from mid week onwards settling things down, meaning it
will be largely dry and bright, likely to last with us for a few
days. That is the forecast for now. There are regular updates
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