Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings)

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:59 am on 28th October 2010.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party 11:59 am, 28th October 2010

I read the Daily Record report and asked officials to give me a briefing. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing will be delighted to meet the constituency member to pursue the issue. As Margaret Curran knows, the issue is subject to a police investigation, which severely restricts what I can say. I know that that will be understood by members across the chamber. The Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care visited the home following the allegations, and it is satisfied that appropriate action is being taken to protect residents' wellbeing. The care commission will await the outcome of the police investigation before considering what further action it can take. I hope that it gives some assurance to the constituency member to know that the serious and distressing allegations are being investigated appropriately.

All members know that we have a robust regulatory system in place to protect vulnerable people. Of course, no system can guarantee that there will be no cases of abuse, but the important thing is that action is taken swiftly when incidents occur, and that is happening in the distressing case that Margaret Curran raises.