§ Mr. Sillars
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the total sum paid to consultants from National Health Service sources in the past year for which figures are available; and what the total sum in a full year would be if the Government's offer to consultants was accepted.
§ Mr. William Ross
The information is not readily available in the form requested. The gross cost to the NHS in Scotland in 1973–74 of consultants' remuneration, and of employers' contributions in respect of their superannuation, graduated pensions and national insurance346W was approximately £12.7 million. No firm estimate can be made of the cost of the Government's contract proposals until these have been priced by the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration.