§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland by how much the hospital building programme in Scotland has been expanded since May 1979; whether he will publish a table giving details; and which schemes are now in progress and will be instituted.
§ Mr. John MacKay
Expenditure on the hospital building programme has increased by over 85 per cent. since 1979. The details for the financial years are set out in the following table:65W
£ million 1979ߝ80 57.6 1980ߝ81 59.5 1981ߝ82 84.0 1982ߝ83 92.4 1983ߝ84 *98.4 * Provisional
The estimate for 1984–85 is £107 million. Included in these sums is an allocation for health boards to spend themselves on smaller capital projects. This has tended to be about one-third of the total.
Boards also received special allocations totalling £6.5 million in 1983–84 and £16.8 million in 1984–85 to upgrade their stock in light of the survey of the capital estate in Scotland. These are also included in the table.
Schemes currently in progress under the major building programme are as follows:
- Paisley district general hospital
- Falkirk Royal infirmary maternity and geriatric unit
- Gartloch hospital, Glasgow
- Inverness Central hospital
1979 1980 1981 1982 *1983 Increase Percentage increase Medical staff in the hospital and community services 5,426.4 5,441.2 5,436.4 5,545.6 5,583.1 156.7 2.9 General practitioners 3,190.0 3,256.0 3,345.0 3,392.0 3,460.0 270.0 8.5 Nursing and midwifery 38,781.2 40,442.7 42,514.3 43,699.6 44,599.9 5,818.7 15.0 Nursing auxiliary/assistant 17,256.0 18,159.8 18,611.2 18,279.6 17,747.2 491.2 2.9 *A11 1983 figures are provisional.
Figures for new doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff as requested in the question are not held centrally.