Accountability Scotland hosted a conference entitled:

Making Scottish Public Services Accountable

Held in the Scottish Parliament on 16th Sept 2013

With financial support from the Glasgow Human Rights Network


The conference was sponsored by Fiona McLeod MSP

Dennis Canavan (AS Patron) introduced The Need for Accountability in Scottish Public Services and for the organisation 'Accountability Scotland'


The Morning Session was chaired by  Professor Walter Humes MA, PhD, MEd

There were four presentations of evidence from four branches of Accountability Scotland covering Lack of Accountability of Public Bodies:

  • NHS Scotland - Cover up Culture:
    • Rab Wilson
      NHS Ayrshire and Arran: My part in their downfall!
    • Dr Jean Turner MB, ChB, DA (Aberdeen) -
      Accountability
    • Dr John Womersley PhD, FFCM, MRCP -
      Our NHS : Behind the Cloak of 'Transparency
  • Education:
    • John Stuart -
      Tales from the front line
    • Ian Thow -
      Bureaucratic Unaccountability
  • Local Authorities & Planning:
    • Dr John Hinton BSc, PhD - 
      Local Authority Officials often make a Mockery of Democracy
  • On the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO):
    • Dr Richard Burton BA, PhD
      Lack of Accountability by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

The Afternoon Session was chaired by Peter Stewart-Blacker

  • Professor Walter Humes MA, PhD (Aberdeen), MEd (Glasgow)
    • The Discourse of Accountability and the Reality of Power in Scottish Education
  • Professor Tom Mullen LLB (Glasgow) LLM (Harvard)
    • Administrative Justice in Scotland: An overview of Accountability Mechanisms
  • Professor Michael Adler BA (Oxford), AM (Harvard), PhD (Edinburgh)
    • Administrative Justice in Scotland: What Needs to be Done.

The proceedings are available on this web site.

The proceedings mayl be extended if more detail is made available.