HC Deb 11 December 1989 vol 163 c504W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list for each year since 1981 the number of special care baby cots in the National Health Service.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The information is set out in the table. The decrease in the number of cots is the result of action taken to bring provision into line with actual need.. An expert working group recently estimated that in Scotland as a whole provision still exceeds reasonable requirements. Rates of admission to special neonatal care vary greatly between boards, reaching 35 per cent. or more of all deliveries in some places.

year Number1
1981 622
1982 619
1983 617
1984 603
1985 585
1986 575
1987 563
1988 552
1989 543
1 Average available staffed cots in special care baby units.

Back to