HC Deb 14 December 1993 vol 234 cc599-600W
Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the arrangement between Greater Glasgow health board and the Bon Secours hospital for the treatment of patients requiring non-urgent cosmetic surgery, with particular reference to determine(a) whether this work could have been done within the national health service, (b) how much Dr. Peter Summers will be paid, (c) how much the additional plastic surgeon in Canniesburn hospital will be paid, (d) what was the amount of the successful bid from Bon Secours hospital and what was the amount of the next lowest hid and (e) how many patients to be treated at Bon Secours are on Greater Glasgow's health board's waiting list, and how many from other health board areas.

Mr. Stewart

[holding answer 6 December 1993]: The answers to points (a) and (e) are set out later. The other points raised over commercial arrangements between the Greater Glasgow health board and the provider. I have arranged for officials of the Scottish Office Home and Health Department to write to the chairman of Greater Glasgow health board to invite him to look into these issues and to respond direct to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Maryhill.

(a) Canniesburn hospital recruited an additional consultant plastic surgeon and would therefore be able to treat an extra 800 patients. However, to deliver the waiting time guarantees to all the long waiters more patients would need to be treated and therefore the board sought to establish whether other providers could meet this need. The pre-tendering stage of the competitive tendering exercise carried out by the Greater Glasgow health board attracted 43 expressions of interest from 25 private sector and 18 national health service would-be providers north and south of the border.

(e) The number of patients for whom treatment has been secured under the contract with the Bon Secours Health System are as follows:

Residents of Number of Patients
Greater Glasgow Health Board 309
Lanarkshire 144
Ayrshire and Arran 33
Argyll and Clyde 60
Forth Valley 19
Dumfries and Galloway 7