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 2016 Health Survey for England has been published. The survey has been published annually since 1994 and is designed to monitor trends in the nation’s health; estimating the proportion of people in England who have specified health conditions, and the prevalence of risk factors and behaviours associated with these conditions.
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 Government Evidence Finder has been updated. The Evidence Finder is a gateway site to equality evidence across a range of policy areas. The information is collected from Scottish Government and its agencies research publications and national and official statistics It’s updated twice a year and can be searched by policy area and equality characteristic.
The Office for National Statistics have released mortality statistics by area of usual residence. The data is released annually and shows that the age-standardised mortality rate for Scotland was 1,136.4 deaths per 100,000 population in 2016, with Glasgow City having the highest rate in Scotland.
The Scottish Government have published estimates of the proportion of children in combined low income and material deprivation by council area and household characteristics. The statistics are based on data from the Scottish Household Survey and are described as experimental statistics meaning that the data and methodology are being further developed for future updates.
The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit clinical results website has posted data on births in England, Scotland and Wales for the year 2016/2016. Data is available at site level, and on type of birth, smoking cessation in pregnancy, babies born small, complications, Apgar scores, skin to skin contact times, breastfeeding and unplanned readmission.