The Scottish Health Council copied me into this communication of the 16th March 2016 to their staff:
“I understand that a few people who took part in the gathering views project on the development of a Register of Interests have asked local offices whether a report summarising their feedback is available yet.
By way of an update, the Scottish Health Council’s report was shared with the Scottish Government a few weeks after the final discussion group was held on 5 February. Since then and at its last meeting because of the election period, the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee closed the Register of Interests petition. The Scottish Government has advised, however, that the Cabinet Secretary wishes to formally send our report to the Committee together with comments from the Scottish Government on the next steps. Essentially, we see this as a positive outcome and a demonstration of the impact of our report.
The Scottish Government will keep us informed about an appropriate timing for publishing the report on our website once it has been shared with the Committee. Whilst this is likely to be after the election period, until then the report cannot be shared further. Please can local offices share this information with participants who may be seeking an update.”
I replied to the Scottish Health Council as follows:
"Many thanks for this update further to your last e-mail of the 25th February 2016 when you informed that I would receive a copy of the report as soon as it was drafted. I was disappointed that the Public Petitions committee chose to close my petition. As you are aware my petition sought a Sunshine Act for Scotland however the committee have closed my petition “on the basis that the Scottish Government has committed to review the need for updated guidance on what the petition calls for”. My petition specifically asked for legislation because of the complete failure of previous guidance to be followed. As you know I was concerned that this failure was not communicated to those participating in the public consultation. My petition was based on principles of transparency on an issue that affects us all. I am very disappointed that the process has also seemed to lack openness and that the petitioner and indeed the public will only see the contents of the consultation well after those in positions of power."