The number of staffed beds available for the treatment of respiratory tuberculosis in Scotland has increased from 5,335 at the end of 1950 to 6,098 at the end of 1954. The number of patients awaiting admission has dropped from 2,303 in December, 1950, to 486 in January, 1955. I will circulate details in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
I shall be answering a Question later concerning the general situation with regard to tuberculosis. Perhaps my reply to the hon. Lady's supplementary question could wait until then.
§ Mr. G. M. Thomson
Is the Minister satisfied with the arrangement made between the different regions for taking patients from another region if surplus beds happen to be available in any region?
§ Following are the details:
|Date||Staffed beds available||Waiting list|
|* Latest available figure for beds. Waiting list at end of January, 1955, was 486.|