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S5W-08546: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on 30 March 2017 (Official Report, c. 57), whether it provided assurances to Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy that their chapter would be withdrawn from the final mesh report and, if so, for what reason it was included.

Answered by: Shona Robison 28 April 2017

When I met with Ms McIlroy and Ms Holmes they requested that their minority report be removed from the Independent Review's Final Report. I relayed this to the Chair of the Review and she acceded to this request. Subsequently, Ms McIlroy and Ms Holmes asked that further material be removed and this request was, again, relayed to the Chair. However, the Chair confirmed that, by that point, the Final Report had been submitted to the Chief Medical Officer, and no further changes could therefore be made. Any changes to the Report were a matter for the Chair to decide upon, not Scottish Government Ministers or officials.