§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has had regarding the closure of the upper floor of Brechin infirmary about the reduction in the number of general practitioner beds; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
I have received seven letters on Tayside health board's proposals to rationalise general practitioner beds at Brechin infirmary.
It is the responsibility of the health board, in the light of local circumstances and priorities, to determine the extent and level of services it provides and to review the adequacy of such services to ensure that the best use is made of resources.860W
Region Primary £ Secondary £ Fife 1,421 2,354 Grampian 1,342 2,524 Highland 1,434 2,323 Lothian 1,313 2,513 Strathclyde 1,407 2,502 Tayside 1,297 2,537 Orkney 1,686 3,218 Shetland 1,815 3,873 Western Isles 1,876 3,270
Source: Local authority financial returns.