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Health Boards

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of the amount of money which health boards were required to find from their own resources to meet centrally agreed pay awards from 1979 to 1989, by health board, on an annual basis.

The amounts included in health board revenue allocations to meet the cost of pay and salaries are not separately identified. However additional resources have been made available towards the cost of pay review body awards.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of the amount of money which has accrued to individual health boards from the sale of hospital land and buildings; and if he will make a statement on how this money is treated for the hospital board's capital allocation.

Details of the receipts for NHS property sales retained by health boards are as follows:

Health Board

1987–88

1988–89

1989–90

£

£

£

Argyll and Clyde749,6641,352,5623,079,594
Ayrshire and Arran115,32449,5305,814,154
Borders94,091832,197753,430
Dumfries and Galloway172,272213,761500
Fife283,559619,124247,756
Forth Valley429,108659,414577,385
Grampian507,060719,537712,196
Greater Glasgow1,633,0381,398,4106,061,349
Highland556,902560,331690,557
Lanarkshire194,665153,050380,532
Lothian1,018,9692,033,4051,870,490
Orkney23,47590,82651,500
Shetland55,09979,15221,900
Tayside581,1261,163,484637,291
Western Isles
Total receipts retained by boards6,414,3599,924,78820,898,639

Since November1988, boards have retained the total proceeds from the disposal of land and property and will continue to do so until March 1991. I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply that I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastwood (Mr. Stewart) on 11 November 1988 at column 345. These arrangements replaced the previous rules allowing boards to retain only the first £250,000 proceeds of a single sale; the remainder was distributed to all the health boards.

Capital allocations to boards have regard to their expected income from capital receipts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current total of psychogeriatric beds available in each Scottish health board area; and what are the relevant Scottish health authorities revenue equalisation targets.

[holding answer 25 April 1990]: The average numbers of available staffed beds in the psychogeriatric specialty in NHS hospitals in Scotland are set out in the table. Targets are a matter for individual health boards; the service has top priority among the SHARPEN recommendations which the Government have accepted.

Health boardAverage available staffed beds1
Argyll and Clyde529
Ayrshire and Arran411
Borders162
Dumfries and Galloway211
Fife528
Forth Valley390
Grampian635
Greater Glasgow711
Highland11
Lanarkshire741
Lothian1024
Orkney
Shetland
Tayside609
Western Isles
Scotland5,963
1 Year ending 30 September 1989.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the total amount of development funds allocated to each Scottish health board for the next financial year; and if he will detail allowances made for the current rate of inflation.

[holding answer 25 April 1990]: The percentage increase in the 1990–91 gross revenue allocation over the 1989–90 gross revenue allocation for each health board in Scotland was as follows:

Health boardPercentage Increase
Argyll and Clyde8·10
Ayrshire and Arran8·88
Borders10·13
Dumfries and Galloway9·72
Fife
Forth Valley8·24
Grampian8·09
Greater Glasgow5·86
Highland8·40
Lanarkshire8·21
Lothian7·94
Orkney9·73
Shetland9·66
Tayside7·75
Western Isles7·46
Further sums totalling 1·54 per cent. of the all Scotland 1989–90 allocations mainly representing resources for systems implementation, and breast cancer screening, will be allocated in the course of the year.Resources released by cost improvement programmes are expected to release an average of a further 1 per cent. in the current financial year.Boards receive an overall cash allocation and are expected to manage their expenditure within that amount. Allocations contain no specific allowance for inflation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the current waiting list for psychogeriatric beds in each of the Scottish health board areas; and what is the current average length of time between application for a full-time bed and allocation of beds.

[holding answer 25 April 1990]: Information on waiting lists for psychogeriatric beds as at 30 September 1989 (the latest data available) is set out in the table. Information on average length of time between application and allocation of psychogeriatric beds is not held centrally.

Health boardNumber on waiting list
Argyll and Clyde25
Ayrshire and Arran25
Borders16
Dumfries and Galloway
Fife59
Forth Valley33
Grampian212
Greater Glasgow193
Highland5
Lanarkshire70
Lothian125
Orkney
Shetland
Tayside27
Western Isles
Scotland790