Date lodged: 20 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to ascertain how many people have epilepsy, in light of figures not being held centrally.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 28 March 2019
As part of the development of the National Action Plan on Neurological Conditions, we commissioned NHS Information Services Division (ISD) to help establish better prevalence data on neurological conditions. This work was taken forward under the Scottish Burden of Disease study and ISD estimate that, in 2016, approximately 44,000 people were living with epilepsy in Scotland. It should be noted that this figure remains an estimate and we are committed, through the National Action Plan, to work with ISD and others to improve data on neurological conditions.