Independence (Benefits)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 13th June 2013.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

Indeed. I am just coming to it.

Last week, I was clear that there is nothing in either document that would allow such payments and that, in any event, they would need to be signed off by the cabinet secretary, not by the chair or the chief executive of the health board—something that has patently not happened.

That, Presiding Officer, was the position last week. This week, of course, the position has changed. Now, the chief executive has been moved and there is an internal inquiry not just about bullying but about shortcomings, procedures and governance processes. I published a letter from Gordon Craig today that is clear about the inappropriate nature of the payments.