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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10468: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 24 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason ISD Scotland only publishes data on people with eating disorders up until 2012.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 August 2017

ISD Scotland previously published estimates of the number of people in Scotland consulting their GP or practice nurse, where an eating disorder was recorded as one of the reasons for the consultation.

ISD Scotland collected information about GP consultations from a sample of 6% of practices through the Practice Team Information (PTI) programme from 2003/04 until 2012-13. This data was used to compile estimates for Scotland.

As of September 2013, PTI data are no longer collected. 2012/13 was the last year for which ISD Scotland published annual PTI data. A new national GP information system known as the Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE) is in development which will supersede and build on the data previously collected.