§ Mr. Crawford
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the financial savings that will accrue in a calendar year from the transfer of the eye unit from Bridge of Earn Hospital to Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
§ Mr. William Ross
Since all the staff will continue to be employed and the patients will be treated at Ninewells, the only direct savings will be in respect of heating, lighting, cleaning and maintenance of the unused accommodation at Bridge of Earn; the health board estimates that this will amount to about £10,000 per annum. If, however, the facilities were provided in two sepaarte units at Bridge of Earn and Ninewells additional expenditure of about £31,000 per annum would be incurred.