By Bill Heaney

This morning at the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee, SNP and Green members teamed up to vote down Scottish Labour’s Milly’s Law amendments to the Patient Safety Commissioner Bill.

 The amendments were rejected in their entirety by the Minister with no offer of dialogue before stage 3 in contradiction of the First Minister’s warm words about Milly’s Law.

Scottish Labour health spokesperson Jackie Baillie said:  “This is a shocking betrayal of the families affected by the QEUH scandal and will only entrench the culture of secrecy and cover-up encouraged by the SNP.

“Only last week, Humza Yousaf promised to work with Labour on the Patient Safety Commissioner Bill.

Jackie Baillie MSP, ten-year-old Milly Main and Labour leader Anas Sarwar.

“Clearly this was only the latest in a line of hollow promises made for TV cameras by this morally bankrupt government.

“For too long, patients and their families have been failed by those in power.

 “By failing to support Scottish Labour’s amendments to the Patient Safety Commissioner Bill, the SNP and the Greens have proved that they are on the side of the powers that be, not the patients and their families.

 “Scottish Labour will continue to fight to enhance the rights and powers of patients – despite opposition from the SNP and the Greens.”

Meanwhile, in FMQs last week, Humza Yousaf said: “I look forward to engaging with the Scottish Labour Party in relation to our Patient Safety Commissioner for Scotland Bill, which Labour and other parties are engaged with, so that we can enhance the rights of patients, not just in greater Glasgow and Clyde but right across the country.”

Top of page: Milly and her mother, Kimberly Darroch, enjoying happy moments.

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