§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has on the cost of the proposed Crown indemnity for doctors.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The NHS in Scotland currently spends about £3 million per year on a scheme for reimbursing two thirds of the costs of the medical defence organisation subscriptions of hospital and community doctors and dentists. The cost of providing an NHS indemnity is expected to be comparable.