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Cardinal’s plea in hospice fight

A Holyrood committee is to investigate threatened cuts to the funding of Scotland’s biggest hospice after a plea from a top churchman.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of Scotland’s Roman Catholics, told the MSPs he regarded the campaign for St Margaret’s Hospice in Clydebank as “a fight for life”.

“Our civilisation, our country, will be judged by how we deal with those who are in their last days, weeks and months of dying,” he said.

Before the meeting of the Public Petitions Committee, the cardinal joined campaigners at a carol service outside Parliament.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board has decided to withdraw £1.2 million in funding from the hospice.

• Full story at the Evening Times, Glasgow.

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