§ 40. Mr. Younger
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has within the next five years for increasing the beds provided for geriatric treatment in Ayrshire.
§ 59. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the shortage of beds for geriatric patients in Ayrshire hospitals; and what are his proposals for dealing with it.
§ Mr. William Ross
At present there are about 500 beds in Ayrshire for geriatric patients, or about 22 beds short on the current criterion of 15 beds per thousand population over age 65. It is hoped to increase the number to about 580 in the next five years.