30/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The First Minister has signed a letter requesting the powers

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for another referendum on Scottish independence.

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Nicola Sturgeon argues Scotland deserves the right to choose

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what path to follow in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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The UK Government has already said it will block a referendum,

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until after the Brexit process has been completed.

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Here's our Scotland editor, Sarah Smith.

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Nicola Sturgeon is signing the letter that she will send to Downing

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Street. There's been a picture released tonight by the Scottish

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government when you can see Nicola Sturgeon with her shoes kicked off,

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her legs tucked up working on the letter. It's a much more informal

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image than we saw of Theresa May in Downing Street where she was

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starting -- signing the Article 50 letter. The contrast? That's no

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accidents, believe me. Whilst she might look casual, the contents of

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the letter couldn't be more serious. In it, she repeats she has a clear

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mandate for an independence referendum, not just because of what

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was in the manifesto last but because she's got the backing of the

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Scottish Parliament. She repeats she thinks the boat should be held in

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18-24 months' time because she says the shape of the Brexit deal will be

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clear that and Scottish voters could make a decision. She knows what the

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answer is going to be. Downing Street have been very clear. They

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say now is not the time to talk about another independence

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referendum and they don't even want to enter discussions about this

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until the UK has left the EU and to enter discussions about this

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they are suggesting maybe for even several years after that.

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Earlier the First Minister accused the Westminster government

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of planning a "power grab", with its plans to move thousands

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of pieces of European Union law onto the UK statute book,

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UK ministers say the changes will include significant new powers

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports

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on what the bill might mean for Scotland.

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A quieter Westminster today, parliament moving on from

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Focus switching to how Brexit woodwork.

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Deconstructing the media village is swift, but dismantling the rule

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Today, part of the plan was published.

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A bill converting European law into domestic legislation.

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Now is the time to come together in ensuring the UK as a whole

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is prepared for challenges and opportunities presented

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Under the bill, thousands of laws would be created,

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Scottish ministers get power to amend the bold legislation,

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the UK Government says a number of powers will come to Holyrood

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from Brussels, but some may go to Westminster.

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Ministers say that it is necessary to protect stability.

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My preference is more devolution rather than less.

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There will also be a review of provision in schools.

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But some organisations say it lacks ambition, and funds.

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Here's our health correspondent, Lisa Summers.

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Overall, what did you make of the strategy?

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I thought there were a couple of things missing.

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First, there was no mention of black and minority ethnic people in terms

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This woman began to experience mental health

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Half of all mental health problems begin in childhood.

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It was a long wait for NHS counselling, so found

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I had a lot of anxiety, which I think I've always had.

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I cannot remember not having it, I still have it.

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What I now know is depression, but at the time didn't know that.

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The government says it wants parity between mental and physical health.

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But the mental health Minister acknowledges that only one in three

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people who would benefit from treatment is actually

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There has also been a great deal of criticism about missed

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For children and young people getting access

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We want to create a Scotland where stigma related to mental

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The strategy was presented to Parliament this afternoon.

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The mental health Minister said that she would implement 40 actions,

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including employing 800 specially trained staff, a review

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of counselling services in schools, and a clinical framework

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This is the sort of thing the government is investing in.

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Earlier today, the Minister visited a weekly drop-in centre, a hub

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Prevention and early intervention are the priorities.

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You see for the first time over ?1 billion being spent

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There is already 150 million in place, and the First Minister

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recently announced an extra ?35 million.

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What we have committed to today is making sure that spending

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on mental health will increase above what is spent

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Opposition parties and charities are concerned the strategy lacks

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Psychiatrists say that they are pleased with the vision to equate

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mental and physical health but are concerned about funding.

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23% of the work done in health services surrounds mental health,

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yet just under 8% of the budget goes to mental health services.

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With 300 million, that brings us up to about 8%.

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So, we are still looking at a significant gap

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between the size of the problem and the size of the

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This woman has her own worries about how far the strategy will go,

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but she says early intervention is key.

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It has been a lot easier for me to know understanding when I'm

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I genuinely think if I did not get that help at the age of 16,

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Lisa Summers, reporting Scotland, Edinburgh.

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A dr who misled other medics about Pauline Cafferkey,

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a nurse who developed the Ebola virus, has been suspended

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Dr Hannah Ryan took Ms Cafferkey's temperature at Heathrow airport,

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as they returned from West Africa, where they'd been volunteering.

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Although the Scottish nurse was running a high temperature,

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a warning sign of the virus, Dr Ryan, pictured here

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agreed to a lower value being recorded.

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The Medical Practitioners Tribunal said she'd been guilty

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The way victims of sexual assault are treated by the NHS

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and the police after making a complaint, has been

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strongly criticised by an independent watchdog.

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The Inspector of Constabulary says services offered to some victims

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are "unacceptable," and lag behind the rest of the UK.

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Our home affairs correspondent, Reevel Alderson reports.

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This clinic in Glasgow is regarded as a model for the treatment

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They receive professional care here while forensic medical

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examiners gather evidence to put before a court.

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But it's the only one of its kind in Scotland and is not always

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The Inspector of Constabulary says this gives a two tier system whilst

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elsewhere in Scotland the service offered is described

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There should be one examination able to address any immediate clinical

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needs and retrieve any forensic evidence but more importantly that

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care pathway and actually intervene to meet the wider counselling

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and follow-up care that an individual might need.

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The report says the priority in medical forensic examinations

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should be to address the immediate medical needs of patients

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The gathering of evidence for future criminal proceedings should be

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But the report also says most forensic medical examinations

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in Scotland take place in police stations which it says rarely

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have discreet access and are much more difficult

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It goes on to say that Scotland is lagging behind the rest

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of the UK in dealing with sexual assault victims.

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In England there are 43 sexual assault referral centres.

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In Wales four where victims are treated what evidence is retrieved.

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But in Scotland only one, the report says the government

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This former senior detective wrote a report four years ago making

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Victims need to have faith in the process from end to end

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and if that includes a medical examination it should be done

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sensitively and a appropriately and with specialist,

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highly trained and skilled professionals.

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The Scottish Government says it is committed to improving

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services to meet the needs of victims, it has announced

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an expert group to do that with new standards being published

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Now, before we go, it's time to find out what the weather's going to be

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like for tonight and the end of the week.

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Good evening. Fairly wet conditions tonight, here's the latest rainfall,

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slowly starting to turn heavy. Pretty much tonight, it's cloudy,

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turning wet, but it will be mild with temperatures 8-10. Tomorrow

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morning, it is wet, but the heaviest and most persistent of the rain in

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the West. East of here, the Borders into the Lothians, cloudy, with a

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spot of drizzle. Similar into parts of eastern five, Angus,

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Aberdeenshire, perhaps even some morning sunshine. Although it is a

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dry start for the Northern Isles, there it is, marching northwards, so

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if you start the day dry, expect a few spots of rain through the

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morning as that wet weather journeys north. Across the UK, we have most

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of the wet weather tomorrow. South of the border, a case of some

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showers. Temperatures into the mid, maybe high teens. Some sunshine and

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showers in Northern Ireland. For the weekend, we welcome in April, and we

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welcome the April showers. This Saturday, the showers are

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everywhere. As we head through to Sunday, a ridge of high pressure

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builds which means the second half of the weekend, Sunday, will be

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better weather-wise because it is drier, brighter, with spells of

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sunshine. It is fresher, with winds from the south-west. Then a sneaky

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look at next week because we have weather fronts Monday and Tuesday

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threatening some wet weather. High pressure in the Atlantic muscles its

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way in from mid week onwards settling things down, meaning it

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will be largely dry and bright, likely to last with us for a few

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days. That is the forecast for now. There are regular updates

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from 6:25am during Breakfast. But, from everyone on the late team

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here in Glasgow and around Explore the speed of life with

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