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Members' business

Labour MSP Des McNulty led a debate on 11 March 2010 on the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank.

Mr McNulty, MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie, expressed concern at the decision of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to remove the funding for 30 continuing care beds from the hospice in Clydebank by 2013.

Mr McNulty said that St Margaret's had an absolutely outstanding reputation and that it was a 'valuable treasure' in his constituency.

A petiton with over 100,000 signatures was taken to the parliament, making it the second biggest petition they had ever received.

He called on the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, to overrule the decision by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to withdraw funding.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon wanted to make it clear that the quality of care had never been and issue and that the performance of St Margaret's was to a high standard.

Ms Sturgeon also said that she expected St Margaret's and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to sit down and find a good solution.

She said that she was confident a solution could be found.

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