§ Mr. Adam Hunter
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the bed-relationship per thousand population in 169W East Fife hospitals, West Fife hospitals and City of Edinburgh hospitals, respectively.
§ Mr. Ross
The ratios of hospital beds (in all categories) to population in the three areas and in Fife as a whole are as follows. Since hospital admissions are not regulated by precisely defined catchment areas these ratios are approximate.
Beds per 1,000 population East Fife 12* West Fife 6 Edinburgh 11† Fife 10 * Over half the beds in the East Fife area are in units for mental illness, infectious diseases, chest medicine and opthalmology which serve the whole of Fife. † Beds in a number of specialties in Edinburgh serve the whole South-Eastern Region.