§ Mr. Galbraith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Health Care International concerning the provision of consultant staff for the proposed private hospital at Clydebank; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
One discussion has been held by officials of the Scottish Home and Health Department with representatives of Health Care International. The discussion covered in general terms the company's proposals to build a 260-bed private hospital in Clydebank, and the statutory requirement that these be the subject of an application to the Secretary of State for authorisation. That application was received last week. It envisages that 80 full-time consultant staff will be required for the hospital. Steps will now be taken, as the legislation requires. to bring the application to the notice of those whose interests appear likely to be substantially affected by the proposals. They will have six weeks to make any observations to the Secretary of State.