Greater Glasgow Health Board

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th March 1986.

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Photo of Mr Bruce Millan Mr Bruce Millan , Glasgow Govan 12:00 am, 26th March 1986

Is the Secretary of State aware that, far from being adequately financed, the board is now facing a financial crisis? Is he further aware that in an answer that he gave on 17 March he said that, in real terms, expenditure in Scotland on the hospital services between 1978–79 and 1988–89—a 10-year period—would rise by only 6·8 per cent., which is less than 1 per cent. per year? That is inadequate for the Health Service as a whole in Scotland. Glasgow's share of that amount is diminishing because of the operation of the Scottish health authorities revenue equalisation formula, although the actual demands on the service in Glasgow are continuing to increase. When will the right hon. and learned Gentleman recognise that there is a genuine financial crisis in health services in Glasgow, that we need more money, and that unless more money is made available there will be severe cuts in services?