§ Lady Tweedsmuir
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hospital beds are available for the chronic sick; and whether he is aware of the shortage of hospital accommodation for bedridden people, as opposed to the elderly people, in the city of Aberdeen.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
About 4,600 hospital beds are set aside for the aged and the chronic sick, the two categories not being distinguished in the statistics. It is sometimes difficult to make suitable arrangements for chronic sick in the younger age groups, but I am not aware of any special problem of this kind in Aberdeen, which is relatively well provided with hospital beds. If my hon. Friend has a particular case in mind, I should be glad to look into it.