Salmond refuses to sack health secretary


Alex Salmond repeatedly refused to say he would sack Health Secretary Alex Neil during first minister's questions on 15 May 2014.

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont asked Mr Salmond four times to sack the health secretary, if he did not resign.

Ms Lamont raised allegations that Mr Neil asked NHS Lanarkshire to abandon previously-agreed plans and retain acute mental health beds at Monklands hospital, which is in his Airdrie and Shotts constituency.

She went on to say he had then deceived the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people, when he later said he would not take part in decisions about NHS reforms affecting his constituency.

Alex Salmond said he had already dealt with the questions Ms Lamont was raising and he would not be asking for Mr Neil's resignation or sacking him.

The first minister insisted Mr Neil had acted "not just in the benefit of his own constituents, but discharged his responsibilities as health secretary"

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson called on Sport Secretary Shona Robison to sort out the Commonwealth games "shambolic ticketing fiasco" or take responsibility.

Ms Davidson said there was a "need to find out what went wrong and fix it and reassure families" who had been left waiting for hours without getting tickets.

Mr Salmond, said the problems were a matter of "great regret and frustration" and confirmed Ms Robison was meeting with the organising committee later.

He added that the games were in an "excellent position", on time and on budget and called on Ms Davidson to get behind the organisation committee and not make "petty party political points".

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