To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had from consultants concerning self-governing hospitals.
Representations have been made on behalf of consultants on a number of aspects relating to self-governing hospitals. Four expressions of interest are currently being pursued.
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the precise method and scope for consultation before a hospital can become self-governing.
Applications must be routed through health boards which, before conveying their views to the Secretary of State, are required to consult all interested parties, including potential customers, staff interests and local health councils.