§ Mr. Donald Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he intends to make additional money available to Scottish hospitals to allow expansion in kidney transplant and kidney dialysis services.
§ Mr. John MacKay
The Scottish Home and Health Department is reviewing the provision by health boards of services for patients with renal failure. I understand that all Scottish patients who are considered likely to benefit have access to renal dialysis. There is a serious and continuing shortage of kidney donors, which is holding up the rate at which kidney transplants can take place. The five health boards which provide these services do so out of their allocated funds, which take into account the treatment provided for patients with renal failure.