Expressing sadness and disappointment at the short term view being adopted by Scottish Care, Mr Watters said: 'Scottish Care seem to have once again forgotten that this is not a debate to be had through the media. Solutions that benefit the elderly, not headlines or threats, are what are important.
'Council leaders made it clear on Friday that it is in everyone's interest for negotiations to continue, we are still well short of the April deadline, and channels of communication remain open.
'What the Scottish public and media must not forget is that as it stands at present, the£17.5m already provided for, plus another£50 to£60m will not buy one extra bed in a nursing home or provide improvement in the service.
'There is a longer term agenda here that needs sorted, as well as a massive cost implication that we must get right.'