The quarterly update of the Scottish Public Health Observatory website has been carried out. There is updated information in a number of subject areas. The updated topics are listed on the website and include, amongst others, alcohol, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and physical activity.
National Records for Scotland have released figures for winter mortality in Scotland in 2016/17. The figures show that the seasonal increase of 2,720 deaths in winter 2016/17 was smaller than in most of the 65 previous winters but above the level seen in five of the previous ten winters.
The Scottish Household Survey report for 2016 has been released. The Scottish Household Survey is a continuous survey based on on a sample of the general population in private residences in Scotland and provides evidence on the composition, characteristics, attitudes and behaviour of private households and individuals, as well as evidence on the physical condition of Scotland’s homes.
The Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS Scotland have issued a statistical release on dental statistics: fees and treatments. The figures cover 2016/17 and show a decrease in childrens fillings and extractions, and an increase in adult treatment. General Dental Services fees have increased, although the rate of increase has slowed. A publication summary and full report are available.
The National Records of Scotland has released the latest figures for births, deaths and marriages registered in Scotland during the second quarter of 2017. The figures identify a long term decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease but a slight rise in deaths from cancer and respiratory disease. Also, there has been a relatively large increase in deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, rising to 10% of all deaths from 5% a decade ago.
A Statistics Release shows that for the financial year 2015/16 nearly 78,000 people in Scotland received free personal and nursing care. The report gives details and figures at national and local authority level for people who received care and expenditure on services.
A report on projected staff numbers for NHS Scotland for 2017/18 predicts a rise of 1,414.2 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts, amounting to a 1% rise in the workforce. The medical group is projected to increase by 206.6 posts (up 1.7%), allied health professionals by 191.5 posts (up 1.7%) and ambulance services by 91.1 posts (up 3.5%). All individual health boards are predicting a WTE increase, with the exception of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde which is projecting a small reduction in the workforce to support the need for financial savings underpinned by service redesigns across a number of areas.