§ Mr. Moore
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the hospitals, by region, which have consulted the local community health council on service reconfiguration in the last 10 years; how many beds have been (i) gained and (ii) lost under these reconfigurations; and if he will list by region those hospitals that are currently (i) under review and (ii) undergoing service reconfiguration. 66W
§ Mr. Galbraith
[holding answer 5 March 1999]: Information on the hospitals which have consulted the local health council on service reconfiguration in the last 10 years is not available centrally.
Data on the number of available staffed hospital beds in each Health Board in Scotland for 1987–88 and 1997–98 are shown in the table. The reduction in the number of staffed beds between 1987–88 and 1997–98 reflects changes in the pattern of care, including a shift toward the use of day case surgery, continuing reductions in lengths of stay for inpatients and the move to care in the community.
Health Service strategies are kept under review as part of the Health Improvement Programme process introduced in 1998. Every Health Board must set out its intentions annually for service developments in its area for the following five years. Where the planned development represents a significant change of use of a hospital or contains proposals for hospital closure, there must be full public consultation in accordance with The Scottish Office Department of Health guidance.
NHS in Scotland—Average available staffed beds 1987–88 and 1997–98 Health board 1987–88 1997–98 Argyll and Clyde 4,307 3,527 Ayrshire and Arran 2,952 2,233 Borders 939 743 Dumfries and Galloway 1,505 1,076 Fife 3,254 2,070 Forth Valley 3,151 2,106 Grampian 5,457 3,864 Greater Glasgow 12,242 7,325 Highland 2,142 1,479 Lanarkshire 4,961 3,459 Lothian 8,008 4,993 Orkney 131 147 Shetland 159 116 Tayside 5,057 3,374 Western Isles 221 274
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.