Adults With Learning Difficulties (Service Redesign)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th May 2013.

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Photo of Bob Doris Bob Doris Scottish National Party

The minister will be aware that Glasgow City Council has decided to close three day centres for adults with learning difficulties, which will have a massive detrimental impact on the health and wellbeing of service users and carers across the city. If those centres were schools, ministers would have the power to call in any decisions on them. Given the health impact on my constituents, what powers does the health minister have to intervene, particularly given the flawed and pre-determined consultation process? I believe that further powers, including the possibility of call-in, are required to protect the vulnerable constituents I represent.