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Health Boards

Volume 264: debated on Wednesday 18 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he next expects to meet the chairmen of the health boards in Scotland to discuss finance. [36060]

I meet chairmen of health boards regularly to discuss a wide range of strategic issues affecting the management of the NHS in Scotland. Many of those issues may have financial implications. The next such meeting will take place on 8 December 1995.


To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last met the chairman of health boards to discuss the health service [36061]

I met the chairmen of all Scotland's health boards and NHS trusts on 5 October.


To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to amend the functions of health boards in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [36063]

I have no such plans.However, I have established a working group, chaired by Professor Sir Robert Shields, to produce and consolidate guidance on the developing roles and responsibilities of health boards. A copy of the group's remit and a list of members has been placed in the library.