Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 17th March 2011.
It would not be right or appropriate for me to pre-empt a two-way discussion between the health board and the hospice board tomorrow but, as I said when I last spoke about the issue in the chamber, the situation has changed fundamentally. The developments—or the lack of developments—at Blawarthill open the way for a very open discussion between the parties. The health board must do what is right for the people whom it serves and what is right to give certainty about the situation to patients, older people, their families, staff and the providers of care. I hope that we will get a positive outcome from tomorrow’s meeting. As I said, I have asked for a report on it tomorrow and I look forward to receiving that.