To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which departments of Glasgow Royal infirmary are currently issuing letters to general practitioners stating that patients cannot be given out-patient appointments due to lack of medical staff; how many of these letters have so far been issued; and if he will make a statement on the effects of these shortages on patient care.
[holding answer 3 March 1988]: In my reply of 24 February, I explained to the hon. Member the temporary difficulties being faced by the ophthalmology department at the Glasgow Royal infirmary. During this period about 180 letters were sent to general practitioners. As I indicated in my earlier reply the Greater Glasgow health board had taken steps to overcome the difficulties at the Department. I regret the inconvenience caused to the patients concerned.