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S5W-11578: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many people in each NHS board area are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), and how many MS specialist health professionals each board employs.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 16 October 2017

This information is not centrally held.

However, the Scottish MS Register, operated by NHS National Services Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD) and supported by Scottish Government funding, gives a figure of 3,243 people who reported to the Register within the period January 2010 to December 2016. It should be noted, however, that the MS Register refers to new diagnoses only and is therefore not reflective of the total number of people who live with MS in Scotland.

The following figures, published on 12 September 2017, give a breakdown of the 3,243 figure by NHS Boards (it is also important to note the data caveats below the table).

 

Year of Diagnosis

Board

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

NHS Ayrshire & Arran

17

28

34

36

33

36

41

NHS Borders

8

7

7

7

7

7

6

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

12

16

15

25

17

13

5

NHS Fife

28

28

33

40

34

52

41

NHS Forth Valley

17

23

25

26

28

38

34

NHS Grampian

54

49

61

64

53

58

63

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

94

83

83

83

77

98

78

NHS Highland

36

23

30

39

45

41

47

NHS Lanarkshire

48

30

46

29

26

64

50

NHS Lothian

60

54

50

74

67

77

63

NHS Orkney

5

*

5

*

*

*

6

NHS Shetland

*

6

*

*

*

*

*

NHS Tayside

42

42

57

51

59

60

52

NHS Western Isles

*

*

*

*

0

*

*

Total

430

396

450

481

450

546

490

3 patients, residing under the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (2) and NHS Fife (1) Board areas, were excluded from this table due to an incomplete/missing date of confirmed diagnosis.

*Note: Following ISD Statistical Disclosure Control Protocol, any cells with count values of 4 or less have been redacted in order to protect the confidentiality of potentially personally identifiable information.

The information on the numbers of MS specialist health professionals for each board is not held centrally. However, information on the number of specialist nurses who are responsible for the delivery of MS care is published by ISD Scotland and is available at the following link:-https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Workforce/Publications/2017-09-05/Nursing_and_Midwifery_Vacancies_J2017.xls