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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

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:


London brothers first of 'landmark' terror camp jailings

Two brothers from London have become the first Britons to be sent to jail for going to a terrorist training camp in Syria.

Counter-terrorism police hailed the four-and-a-half year jailing of Mohommod Nawaz and three-year jailing of Hamza Nawaz as the "first in a series of landmark sentences".

As ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports, at least six others are awaiting sentence.

Brothers' jailing 'demonstrates' British jihadis face justice

The jailing of British brothers Mohommod and Hamza Nawaz for conspiring to attend a terror training camp in Syria "clearly demonstrates" that jihadis face "justice" when they return to the UK, Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire has said.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill introduced today will include tough new powers to disrupt travel to Syria or Iraq and control the return of suspected terrorists. And we are already legislating to make it a criminal offence to prepare and train for terrorism abroad.

We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a deadly terrorist ideology. The considered, targeted set of proposals in the Bill are essential to keep up with the very serious and rapidly changing threats we face.

– Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire

Doctors warn patient safety at risk in A&E winter crisis

The safety of patients and long waiting times are among major concerns for senior doctors as winter approaches, as they warn of an impending crisis in the NHS during the cold season.

Dr Chris Moulton, vice presidents of the College of Emergency Medicine, told ITV News he and his colleagues were particularly concerned about the long waits being experienced by some.

He added that some patients were being discharged too soon in an effort to clear beds, which only ended up with them back in hospital again needing further treatment.

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