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What is the Smith Commission?

  • The Smith Commission was set up after Scotland voted "No" in the independence referendum in September
  • The commission was tasked with reaching an agreement on devolving further powers to the Scottish Parliament
  • Lord Smith of Kelvin, who led the process, will unveil his proposals today
  • The plans are the result of cross-party talks by the Scottish Parliament's five political parties
  • His recommendations will form the basis of draft legislation due to be published in January

Labour: Doctors and patients are crying out for help

David Cameron must listen to doctors and patients "cries for help" and act to ease the pressure on A&Es, the shadow health secretary has said.

After senior consultants told ITV News that departments were heading for a "winter crisis", Andy Burnham accused the Government of trapping A&Es in a "downward spiral".

Doctors should not have to take to the TV screens to get their voices heard but that is what they are having to do under this Government.

David Cameron's abolition of guaranteed access to GP services and undermining of social care has left hospitals under intolerable pressure.

He has trapped A&Es in a downward spiral and, as doctors leave in their droves, the problems are only getting worse. As a result, patients are facing a difficult winter of trolley waits and ambulances queues.

Now that front-line A&E doctors have spoken out in this way, David Cameron can no longer ignore this crisis on his watch. Doctors and patients are crying out for help and he must act now.

– Andy Burnham

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Doctors warn 'urgent action' needed to prevent A&E crisis

Urgent action is needed to stop accident and emergency departments slipping into crisis this winter, according to senior hospital consultants.

Four emergency doctors have spoken to ITV News to voice their concerns that patient safety could be compromised due to the pressure on the NHS.

ITV News deputy political editor Chris Ship reports:

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