§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of allocated geriatric hospital beds per 1,000 population aged 65 years and over in each of the area health authorities of Scotland and in Scotland as a whole.
§ Mr. William Ross
The information as at 30th September 1973 for beds in NHS hospitals and in contractual and joint-user hospitals is as follows:
Health board area No. of beds per 1,000 population 65 and over Argyll and Clyde 17.5 Ayrshire and Arran 12.0 Borders 12.3 Dumfries and Galloway 10.2 Fife 9.2 Forth Valley 16.4 Grampian 13.7 Greater Glasgow 15.2 Highland 15.4 Lanarkshire 21.4 Lothian 13.0 Orkney 16.1 Shetland 30.6 Tayside 14.9 Western Isles 13.5 Scotland 14.7