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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18969: ()

Date lodged: 21 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many babies requiring drug dependency support have been born in each year since 2007, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 5 October 2018

The numbers of babies reported in the Scottish Birth Record (SBR) as having a diagnosis of ‘foetus and newborn affected by maternal use of drugs of addiction’ or ‘neonatal withdrawal symptoms from maternal use of drug addiction’ in Scotland during the period 2006-07 to 2016-17 are provided in the following table. The figures presented cover three year aggregates to avoid disclosing small numbers in each individual year. Further suppression of small numbers has been applied as per ISD’s Statistical Disclosure Control policy in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Care should be taken when comparing these data over time as there has been an improvement in drug misuse recording in recent years. It is also worth noting that recording practice of drug misuse diagnoses may vary between hospitals, which may explain some of the variation between NHS Boards.

Table of information has been lodged with SPICe under reference Bib number 60118.