The Scottish Government have announced the draft budget plans for 2018-19. The spending plans have still to be approved by the Scottish Parliament. The budget plans for Health and Sport are detailed in chapter 5 of the document. Amongst the headline figures is an increase in health funding of more than £400m.
What Works Scotland have released their latest newsletter. It details forthcoming events; reports from previous events – including policy seminars on attitudes to poverty and on child poverty; latest publications – including a report on collaborative action research; blogs on challenging and tackling poverty, and on collaborative research and a round-up of resources and news on community empowerment issues.
The National Records of Scotland have released the figures for births, deaths and other vital events for the third quarter of 2017. The statistics include births, stillbirths, marriages, civil partnerships and deaths, including cause of death. They show that over the longer term, deaths from coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease have decreased considerably whilst the number of deaths from cancer and respiratory disease has risen slightly. There has been a relatively large increase in the number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with such deaths now accounting for around 10% of all deaths compared to 5% a decade ago.
The numbers of deaths that are alcohol-specific are detailed in the statistics. These are based on the new National Statistics definition.
The Scottish Government have published a report on health and social care service resilience over public holidays. The report was commissioned following the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Scotland (RCEM) call for a review of the resilience of all urgent care services over public holidays, primarily prolonged Christmas and Easter festival periods. A number of recommendations are made to ensure that services are provided through holiday periods.
The publication of the report was accompanied by an announcement of winter resilience funds for NHS Boards in Scotland and publication of a supplementary report showing data analysis from ISD Scotland.
The pilot findings of the Healthy AGeing In Scotland (HAGIS) project have been released. The project is a study of people aged 50+ in Scotland and is the first Scottish study to follow older people over time – the intention is to re-interview members of the study at intervals of two years, and collect data on their economic and social circumstances and on their health. Amongst the first results is the finding that single men are significantly less likely to participate in bowel screening tests than those who live with a partner.
ISD Scotland have released a report on the General Practice workforce and practice list sizes from 2007 to 2017 in Scotland. The report presents information on the GP workforce contracted to work in Scottish practices, information about the number of GP practices and profile of patients registered. The data is available at NHS Board and local authority level. there is a publication summary and a full report.
The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee have launched a consultation on the potential impact leaving the European Union could have on health and social care in Scotland.