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Hiv/Aids And Drug Abuse

Volume 226: debated on Wednesday 16 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will set out the criteria used by him in allocation resources to health boards for their work in (a) HIV/AIDS and (b) drug misuse including the criteria in respect of (i) education and (ii) prevention in these areas; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 7 June 1993]: Allocations to assist health boards in responding to the extra burdens imposed by HIV and AIDS are being made in 1993–94 by means of service agreements with the management executive of the national health service in Scotland. The agreements take into account the number of HIV and AIDS cases in each health board area and the estimated costs of treatment and care. For prevention activity, including public education campaigns, the allocations include an amount calculated according to weighted capitation principles. HIV and AIDS allocations may also be used for relevant activities to counter drug misuse; but in addition some £2·4 million is being made available in 1993–94 specifically for drug misuse purposes. Of this amount, some £1·3 million has been allocated to four health boards in support of specific projects. The remainder has been divided among all health boards on the weighted capitation basis.