§ 1. Mr. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware of the dissatisfaction in the West Fife area about the delay in receiving surgical treatment for tuberculosis cases; and what steps are being taken to reduce such delays.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
Temporary staffing difficulties at the Edinburgh thoracic surgery units unfortunately led to delays last year in providing this form of treatment for patients throughout the south-eastern region of Scotland. Much better progress is now being made, and the number of patients in Fife sanatoria waiting for thoracic surgery had fallen from forty-two at the end of November to twenty-six at the end of December.