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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10626: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many reports it has received of patients being absent or going missing from mental health facilities in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 1 September 2017

Information on patients being absent or going missing is collected by Information Services Division through evidence on abscondment (from detention) This may have limited data.

The number of patients who have gone absent or missing from mental health facilities in each year since 1999 are shown in Table 1.

Patients who have gone absent or missing have only been determined by the code for abscondment. This may have resulted in limited data.

Due to the potential risk of disclosure and to help maintain patient confidentiality some values in the table below have been suppressed. These values are indicated by "<5". For more information see ISD's disclosure control policy:

http://www.isdscotland.org/AboutISD/Confidentiality/Disclosure_Protocol_v2.3_Fullversion.pdf

Table 1: NHS Scotland, 1999/2000 - 2015/2016: Absent or missing patients among SMR04 population, by financial year.

Financial Year

Patients

1999-2000

5

2000-2001

15

2001-2002

16

2002-2003

5

2003-2004

13

2004-2005

12

2005-2006

13

2006-2007

15

2007-2008

8

2008-2009

5

2009-2010

<5

2010-2011

<5

2011-2012

5

2012-2013

5

2013-2014

5

2014-2015

6

2015-2016

<5

Total

140