§ Mr. Sillars
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when SHHD made its decision to instruct the Scottish lithotriptor centre to charge health boards for services; and when the official notice of this change in policy was sent to clinicians.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
Following a meeting with general managers on 22 February, the Scottish Home and Health Department wrote to all health boards on 13 March formally advising them that resources available for lithotripsy would be distributed to all boards in 1989–90. Detailed arrangements for the invoicing of referrals were contained in a further letter dated 29 June. Informing clinicians of these arrangements was a matter for health boards.