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Victoria Hospital (Nurses' Home)

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give an assurance that all those who were injured, killed or who lost personal possessions in the recent fire at the nurses' home at the Victoria hospital will be compensated.

I refer the hon. Member to my previous reply to him on 19 November 1981—[Vol. 13, c. 212–13]. I cannot at present say more than that any claims for compensation will be sympathetically considered.Health boards have delegated powers under National Health Service circular No. 1980 (GEN) 11 to make ex-gratia payments to compensate for loss of personal effects

The information is set out in the following table:in certain circumstances. I understand that Fife health board has already made some payments to meet immediate needs and will be examining further cases.