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Ex-health boss apologies to MSPs
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A former Western Isles health board chief executive has apologised to MSPs for not being able to remember seeing a controversial report.

Dick Manson had told the Scottish Parliament's audit committee he had not seen the document into failings in financial reporting at the board.

However, BBC Scotland uncovered evidence that he had.

Mr Manson has now written to the committee saying he had since been able to recall the report.

His letter is contained in papers for Wednesday's meeting of the audit committee.

With the benefit of that briefing from former colleagues, I now recall both the meeting and the report
Dick Manson
Former chief executive

In it, Mr Manson said following the BBC Scotland report that the so-called Cook Report had been discussed in private session at a board meeting in 2006, he contacted former colleagues.

Mr Manson wrote: "I was reminded that there was a private board meeting on 29 June 2006 at which this report was discussed because it contained important matters from a governance perspective.

"With the benefit of that briefing from former colleagues, I now recall both the meeting and the report and I apologise to the committee for not being able to recall it at the time."

Last month, Mr Manson and former chairman David Currie told the audit committee they had not seen the report.

However, both men attended the private meeting of the board called to discuss it.

Mr Manson and Mr Currie denied they deliberately lied to the committee.

Mr Currie said he was appalled the BBC could suggest that he had.



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