asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hospitals in Scotland can be guaranteed as fit for classification in regard to organised fracture treatment, as recommended by the Delevingne Committee, in Grade I; whether there has been any improvement in Scotland since the issue of the report; and how much disability amongst injured persons is still being unnecessarily caused by lack of organised fracture treatment?
I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to his previous Question of 8th July on this subject. Since the Committee reported a few general hospitals have developed their fracture treatment on the lines recommended by the Committee and the six new orthopaedic units to which I referred in my previous reply provide complete facilities for the treatment of fractures for all patients admitted under the emergency hospital scheme. I regret that no precise figures are available in regard to other patients.