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Elderly People

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will list, by health board, the number of beds available in continuing care for elderly people in the national health service in Scotland.

The average number of available staffed beds for long term care of elderly patients, by health board is as follows:

Average available staffed beds year ending 31 March 1990
Health boardNumber
Argyll and Clyde746
Ayrshire and Arran610
Borders192
Dumfries and Galloway308
Fife591
Forth Valley515
Grampian1,087
Greater Glasgow1,599
Highland392
Lanarkshire853
Lothian1,087
Orkney51
Shetland89
Tayside652
Western Isles108
Scotland8,880
In addition, there was for all Scotland an average of 5,914 available staffed beds for geriatric psychiatry.

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will list, by health board, the number of beds in continuing care for elderly people which have been contracted out in Scotland.

The average numbers of available staffed beds in joint user and contractual hospitals for the year ending 31 March 1989, the latest date for which information is centrally available, were as follows:

Number
Argyll and Clyde14
Greater Glasgow24
Lanarkshire54
Lothian160
Scotland252

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to ensure continuing care provision in the NHS for elderly people in Scotland.

The level of service provision is a matter for individual health boards taking account of local needs. The Government have endorsed the SHARPEN report "Scottish Health Authorities' Review of Priorities for the Eighties and Nineties" which gives the highest priorities to services for old people with dementia, in hospitals and in the community, and to care in the community with particular reference to services for elderly people.