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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02023: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have been treated for self-harm in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 6 September 2016

Individuals can be treated for self-harm in a number of different settings, including hospital inpatient care or A&E attendances. Self-harm may also be managed in primary care or community settings; however, we do not currently have data on these attendances. Since 2007, the national source of A&E information has been Information Services Division’s A&E DataMart. Within the A&E DataMart, the facility exists to record attendances at accident and emergency departments due to self-harm. However, the fields which can be used to identify self-harm are all optional for completion by NHS boards and the level of recording is not sufficient for accurate national reporting of attendances due to self-harm.