Date lodged: 23 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many instances of theft have occurred in NHS Lothian hospitals in each of the last five years, also broken down by hospital.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 1 February 2019
Information on the number of instances of theft that have occurred in hospitals is not held centrally. Where a hospital-based theft is reported to the police, this will be included in the Recorded Crime in Scotland National Statistics. However, the figures provided to the Scottish Government by Police Scotland are a simple count of the number of crimes and offences recorded in each local authority. We do not receive further details on the characteristics or circumstances of individual crimes and offences, such as the location.