§ Mr. William Ross
The total amounts paid out each year since 1970 were as follows:
1969–70 £548,000 1970–71 £687,000 1971–72 £721,000 1972–73 £758,000 1973–74 £788,000 1974–75 £885,000
The basis of eligibility and method of calculation are set out in the statement of fees and allowances payable to general medical practitioners in Scotland, which has been agreed with the profession. Briefly, the fund is shared among health boards on the basis of low population density and relative difficulties of transit in each board's area. These factors are measured in "patient units of mileage" according to an agreed scale. Local 451W schemes, which require the prior approval of the Scottish Rural Practices Fund Committee, may be made to take account of the special circumstances of particular areas.