§ Mr. Heddle
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the total number of patients awaiting treatment in the traumatic and orthopaedic specialty in Scotland; and how many beds are allocated to this specialty.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
At 31 March 1981 there were 11,397 patients on the waiting list for orthopaedic surgery in Scotland. The average available staffed beds for orthopaedic surgery for the year ended 31 March 1981 was 2,752.