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World Rheumatism Year

Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what consultations he has had over the importance of World Rheumatism Year; what guidance he has given to area health boards in Scotland on this subject; and how this is likely to be reflected in allocations to the area boards.

As indicated in the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Galloway (Mr. Thompson) on 26th January 1977—[Vol. 924, c. 1486–7]—the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council (Scotland) is organising conferences and other events during 1977 to mark World Rheumatism Year. My right hon. Friend has not so far been consulted by that body or any other voluntary body in this connection and he has no plans for issuing special guidance on this subject to health boards. The yearly allocations of funds which my right hon. Friend makes to health boards in respect of hospital services cover all services without distinction, and the question of earmarking provision for rheumatism does not arise.

and what the projection of these figures would mean in 1977.

It is not yet possible to make predictions for 1977. Following is the information: