Hospitals (Geriatric Beds)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1977.

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Photo of Mr Harry Ewing Mr Harry Ewing , Stirling Falkirk and Grangemouth 12:00 am, 26th October 1977

In Scotland the pattern has traditionally been that we care for our old people in hospitals. That is why we have 15 hospital beds per thousand of the population in Scotland compared with 10 per thousand in England and Wales. This is a matter of balance between community back-up facilities and hospital facilities. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we are constantly considering the matter.