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Renal Units

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what financial help was offered by the British Kidney Patients' Association to establish a renal unit in Glasgow; why it was refused; and what is his attitude towards encouraging fund-raising in the National Health Service from private sources.

The British Kidney Patients' Association has offered £300,000 to the Greater Glasgow health board for the treatment of renal disease in children. Though the offer has raised some problems for the Board in the allocation of its resources, it has not been refused, and the board is at present considering how the money may best be applied in a manner that would be acceptable to itself and to the association. Both the board and the Government are most grateful for this generous offer, and it is certainly the Government's aim to encourage the raising of funds for the National Health Service from private sources such as the association.