The Convener: Yes, I have still to arrange a date.
Nicola Sturgeon: The plans for Glasgow's acute hospital services are far from concluded. Reference groups are looking at various options. It would be premature to have a briefing at this point.
The Convener: If I remember correctly, the briefing was to be as much about the manner of the consultation as about how the review is progressing. Committee members were concerned about how Greater Glasgow Health Board had dealt with the situation at Stobhill hospital and at other hospitals. We invited the board before the committee and, as a result of that evidence and of the acute services review, Professor Hamblen offered to come before the committee. I think that he was saying, "Look, we are trying to make efforts to improve what we are doing about consultation." I do not have a copy of the background papers, but from memory that is the reason for the request for this briefing.
Nicola Sturgeon: It might be useful to have such a briefing, but it is not a priority. In Janis Hughes we have a member of the committee who represents a Glasgow constituency and is involved centrally in the process. I would be concerned if Greater Glasgow Health Board wanted to come before the committee under the guise of briefing us on the process and instead pushed any one of the options that are under consideration.
Janis Hughes: As Nicola Sturgeon said, I am heavily involved in the Glasgow acute services review and I can say that there are concerns about consultation. The elected members of the north and south Glasgow reference groups are addressing those concerns. I agree with Nicola Sturgeon: at this stage, I am not convinced that it would be appropriate to invite Professor Hamblen before the committee. We may want to consider that at the beginning of next year.
The option appraisal process has been postponed because of concerns about information, which has not become available in the expected time scale. The consultation process continues. By that time, the process will be further down the road and we will have the benefit of hindsight.
The Convener: My memory of the briefing is that it was offered as a meeting between Professor Hamblen and me. The meeting would be made open to other members of the committee, should they wish to attend. I can do that, or we can let the matter rest for the time being.
Nicola Sturgeon: Let it rest.
Janis Hughes: I agree. Let it rest.
The Convener: Okay. We will revisit that offer in the future. As committee members know, from day one the Health and Community Care Committee