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Ministerial Costs

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the cost of funding his private offices and those of his ministers in each year since 1992. [74979]

Mr. Dewar [holding answer 11 March 1999]: The table shows costs since 1992. The amounts include staff costs of private offices and non-pay expenditure covering travel and subsistence, office services and general administration costs for both Ministers and the staff of their offices.

Year£
1992-931,200,160
1993-941,454,569
1994-95(6)1,374,555
1995-961,628,424
1996-971,733,885
1997-981,953,219
1998-99 (estimate)2,027,610

(6) Estimated figure


Hospital Service Reconfiguration

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the hospitals, by region, which have consulted the local community health council on service reconfiguration in the last 10 years; how many beds have been (i) gained and (ii) lost under these reconfigurations; and if he will list by region those hospitals that are currently (i) under review and (ii) undergoing service reconfiguration. [74991]

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Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 5 March 1999]: Information on the hospitals which have consulted the local health council on service reconfiguration in the last 10 years is not available centrally.

Data on the number of available staffed hospital beds in each Health Board in Scotland for 1987-88 and 1997-98 are shown in the table. The reduction in the number of staffed beds between 1987-88 and 1997-98 reflects changes in the pattern of care, including a shift toward the use of day case surgery, continuing reductions in lengths of stay for inpatients and the move to care in the community.

Health Service strategies are kept under review as part of the Health Improvement Programme process introduced in 1998. Every Health Board must set out its intentions annually for service developments in its area for the following five years. Where the planned development represents a significant change of use of a hospital or contains proposals for hospital closure, there must be full public consultation in accordance with The Scottish Office Department of Health guidance.

NHS in Scotland--Average available staffed beds
1987-88 and 1997-98

Health board1987-881997-98
Argyll and Clyde4,3073,527
Ayrshire and Arran2,9522,233
Borders939743
Dumfries and Galloway1,5051,076
Fife3,2542,070
Forth Valley3,1512,106
Grampian5,4573,864
Greater Glasgow12,2427,325
Highland2,1421,479
Lanarkshire4,9613,459
Lothian8,0084,993
Orkney131147
Shetland159116
Tayside5,0573,374
Western Isles221274

Source:

ISD Scotland

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.


Waiting Lists

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the number of people in each health region who are currently waiting for an appointment with a consultant following referral by a general practitioner; if he will provide a breakdown of the length of time for which those people (a) have already waited and (b) are expected to wait; and if he will list for each region the waiting time being issued to new entrants for (i) ear, nose and throat, (ii) trauma and orthopaedic, (iii) general surgery, (iv) ophthalmology and (v) gynaecology consultants. [75066]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 5 March 1999]: Waiting lists information is collected centrally only for hospital inpatients and day cases. Data are available on first outpatient referrals and the length of time that patients waited for their first outpatient appointment. The

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percentage of patients who received a first outpatient appointment within 9 and 18 weeks following a General Medical Practitioner referral at 31 December 1998 for the specialties requested is provided in the table.

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Information on waiting times for individual consultants within specialties is not collected centrally. Health Boards provide this information to all General Practitioner practices in their respective areas on a regular basis.

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NHS in Scotland: Percentage of patients who received a first outpatient appointment within 9 and 18 weeks for referral at 31 December 1998 p

ENT Orthopaedics General Surgery Ophthalmology Gynaecology
Health board9 weeks18 weeks9 weeks18 weeks9 weeks18 weeks9 weeks18 weeks9 weeks18 weeks
Argyll and Clyde45.587.331.362.391.399.359.093.584.998.9
Ayrshire and Arran69.198.354.893.389.198.239.574.968.393.4
Borders72.297.651.097.979.398.980.797.678.296.2
Dumfries and Galloway20.080.042.960.669.399.564.599.667.993.4
Fife38.186.443.668.163.391.944.177.075.990.4
Forth Valley87.599.032.774.879.792.473.494.475.696.8
Grampian39.183.545.379.557.596.170.695.984.898.5
Greater Glasgow46.677.626.654.877.195.830.669.969.995.8
Highland76.898.536.053.686.299.576.589.466.391.2
Lanarkshire42.783.433.155.368.395.139.075.777.998.3
Lothian50.587.239.868.671.893.057.881.272.194.4
Orkney87.597.976.494.599.5100.088.3100.080.097.5
Shetland98.6100.061.298.599.699.684.8100.073.1100.0
Tayside55.685.166.895.365.591.952.788.271.494.9
Western Isles100.0100.050.062.598.2100.070.386.577.8100.0

Source:

ISD, Scotland


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From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the (a) surgical waiting list figures and (b) specialist outpatient consultation figures in numerical and percentage terms for Scotland for March and September (i) 1992, (ii) 1993, (ii) 1994, (iv) 1995 and (v) 1996. [76148]

Mr. Galbraith [holding answer 15 March 1999]: Information on the number of patients on the inpatient/day case waiting list for surgical specialties, on the dates requested, is given in Table 1.

Information on waiting lists is collected centrally only for hospital inpatients and day cases. Data are available on first outpatient referrals and the length of time that patients waited for their first outpatient appointment. The number and percentage of patients who received a first outpatient appointment within 9 and 18 weeks following a General Medical Practitioner/General Dental Practitioner referral for the quarters ending 31 March and 30 September in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996, is provided in Table 2. Information is not available for the respective quarters in 1992, as the data were not collected prior to 1 October 1992.

Table 1: NHS in Scotland: Inpatient and day case waiting lists

DateNumber on waiting list for surgical specialties (7)
31 March 199268,912
30 September 199269,916
31 March 199369,515
30 September 199368,030
31 March 199467,162
30 September 199465,691
31 March 199564,952
30 September 199565,877
31 March 199667,488
30 September 199665,225

(7) Surgical Specialties comprises general surgery (excluding vascular), vascular surgery, accident and emergency, anaesthetics, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, ear, nose and throat (ENT), neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, surgical paediatrics and urology.

Source:

ISD, Scotland


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Table 2: NHS in Scotland: Percentage and numbers of patients who received a first outpatient appointment within 9 and 18 weeks of referral

Number within Percentage within
Quarter ending9 weeks18 weeks9 weeks18 weeks
31 March 1993167,733214,83772.392.6
30 September 1993167,798224,71970.193.8
31 March 1994175,852223,43873.393.1
30 September 1994154,729205,30770.493.5
31 March 1995168,657214,46872.892.6
30 September 1995147,651199,49269.694.0
31 March 1996157,179204,82371.693.3
30 September 1996151,404204,33368.792.8

Source:

ISD, Scotland

From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.



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