Doctors took legal action over Aberdeen Royal Infirmary report
Doctors named in a critical review of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) took legal action to prevent the full report from being published, Health Secretary Shona Robison has revealed.
Three official reports on Tuesday included concerns about patient care at ARI.
Ms Robison revealed the legal action was taken against NHS Grampian.
She was responding to a question from North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald.
'Spirit of candour'
He has been demanding the entire findings of an investigation by the Royal College of Surgeons - which said a number of consultants were unable to work productively together - is made public.
Mr Macdonald called for full publication in the "spirit of candour".
Ms Robison said NHS Grampian had to work through the legal process after individuals took legal action.
A Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) review made 13 recommendations for improvement for NHS Grampian. It also released a report into the care of elderly people.
NHS Grampian said it accepted all the recommendations in the three reports.
The health board's chief executive and medical director have left their posts in recent months as the row between management and senior consultants deepened.