§ Mr. McTaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the recommended ratio of nursing staff to patients in renal units; and what the ratio is at Glasgow royal infirmary.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
There is no nationally recommended ratio of nursing staff to patients in renal units in Scotland. The ratio of nursing staff to patients receiving dialysis within the renal unit at Glasgow royal infirmary is 8.6:38. In addition, two nurses are employed to assist the 67 patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, who attend the unit as out-patients.