§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give, for each health board, the numbers of(a) consultants, (b) general practitioners and (c) other grades of doctors employed in each year since 1970.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The information requested is not available for the years 1970 to 1973 as health boards were not created until 1974. For the period 1974 to 1986 the data are published in "Scottish Health Statistics", copies of which are available in the Library. The information for 1987 is set out in the table.
"Scottish Health Statistics", copies of which are held in the Library. The latest available figures for 30 September 1987, not yet published, are as follows:
Qualified nurses by health board: 30 September 1987 Health Board Whole-time equivalent Argyll and Clyde 2,443.3 Ayrshire and Arran 1,916.9 Borders 612.9 Dumfries and Galloway 1,088.0 Fife 2,059.7 Forth Valley 1,753.8 Grampian 3,370.1 Greater Glasgow 8,111.8 Highland 1,462.1 Lanarkshire 3,294.3 Lothian 5,052.5 Orkney 138.5 Shetland 148.5 Tayside 3,417.1 Western Isles 208.7 TOTAL 35,078.2