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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02424: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many suicides have been recorded in (a) hospitals and (b) prisons in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 15 September 2016

Suicides in Hospitals

Records do not provide precise enough information on the location where the suicidal act occurred to identify those event that happened in hospital. Whilst data can identify people who are in hospital at the time that they died from suicide, it is anticipated that a large number of these will be due to suicidal acts occurring outside of hospital, after which the individual is taken to hospital.

Suicides in Prisons

Information relating to Prisoner Deaths is published on the SPS Website under Freedom of Information.

Any death in prison custody may lead to a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) under the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 however the decision to hold an FAI is a matter for the Lord Advocate/Procurator Fiscal. No cause of death is recorded where a death has not yet been determined following FAI.

For information the term 'Event of Undetermined Intent' is an outcome where the exact intent of the individual concerned cannot be ascertained.

The table below shows the number of suicides in prison determined by Fatal Accident Inquiry, recorded in calendar years 2007 to 2016.

Year

Number of Suicides in Prison

2007

10

2008

6

2009

6

2010

10

2011

6

2012

8

2013

5

2014

3

2015

0

2016 (Jan-Aug)

0