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National Health Service (Private Patients)

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table showing, for each of the past five years, the amount of fees collected from private patients in National Health Ser-

SSHAEast Kilbride Dev CorpGlenrothes Dev CorpCumbernauld Dev CorpLivingston Dev CorpIrvine Dev Corp
No. of houses sold814429845615Nil
No. of inquiries received4,4342,0841,1052,100318337
No. of sales being negotiated2,0884861511926021

vice establishments, the amount of these payments which are regarded as arrears and the amount which has been written off as bad debts.

The accounts which health boards submit to my Department do not distinguish between arrears and bad debts. The table below sets out the income from private patients and the amounts written off due to default on payments.

Financial yearIncomeAmount written off
££
1974–75538,633609
1975–76451,4651,629
1976–77484,289426
1977–78487,7147,700
1978–79466,8753,507