HC Deb 11 March 1993 vol 220 cc709-10W
Mr. Welsh

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment has been made of the number of job losses in each hospital following the implementation of current Tayside health board acute services review.

Mr. Stewart

Following Tayside health board's acute services review the number of job losses at each hospital in each area has been assessed as follows:

(a) Perth and Kinross About 20 whole time equivalent posts will be lost when services transfer from Bridge of Earn hospital to the new Perth royal infirmary in June 1993. These changes are independent of the board's acute services review.

(b) Angus The exact number of job losses will not be known until the public consultation period is complete and decisions reached.

The maximum reductions in whole-time equivalent staff are expected to be:

Forfar Infirmary 18.7
Stracathro Hospital 9.2
Arbroath Infirmary 12.6
Total 40.5

(c) Dundee The impact on jobs is dependent on the extent of development required at Ninewells hospital to replace

The NHS will press ahead with its challenging programme of market testing in the expectation that this will lead to both improvements in quality of service and financial savings, thereby releasing resources for direct patient care.

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