There has been no increase in senior management numbers in the health service; there has merely been a redefinition of the number of positions previously allocated to staff groups but now separately identified.
As for the hon. lady's general point about cuts, there have been been no cuts in the health service or in provision for the health service in Scotland. [Laughter.] The hon. lady laughs. She is clearly incapable of reading the figures. —[Interruption.]—or of understanding them. How many more figures does she want'? I can reassure her that provision for national health service spending in Scotland has increased not in nominal terms but in real terms by 45 per cent. since 1979–80. The Opposition simply cannot deny these basic facts.