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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03352: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people have multiple sclerosis, broken down by NHS board.

Answered by: Shona Robison 27 October 2016

This information is not held centrally.

The MS Register, operated by NHS National Services Scotland’s Information Services Division (ISD) and supported by the Scottish Government, gives a figure of 2,731 people who reported to the Register within the period January 2010 to December 2015. It should be noted, however, that the MS Register refers to new diagnoses only and is therefore not reflective of the total number of people who live with MS in Scotland.

The following figures, published on 13 September 2016, give a breakdown of the 2,731 figure by NHS boards (it is also important to note the data caveats below the table).

NHS Board

Year of Diagnosis

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

16

29

34

37

33

36

NHS Borders

8

7

7

7

7

7

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

12

16

15

25

17

13

NHS Fife

28

28

34

39

34

49

NHS Forth Valley

17

23

25

26

29

36

NHS Grampian

54

49

60

65

53

57

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

95

83

82

83

75

92

NHS Highland

36

23

29

37

44

42

NHS Lanarkshire

48

30

46

29

25

60

NHS Lothian

60

54

50

74

67

76

NHS Orkney

5

5

5

*

*

*

NHS Shetland

*

6

*

*

*

*

NHS Tayside

42

42

56

51

59

60

NHS Western Isles

5

*

*

*

*

*

Total

430

397

447

480

447

530

* Following ISD Statistical Disclosure Control Protocol, any cells with count values of four or less have been suppressed in order to protect the confidentiality of potentially personally identifiable information. Note also that nine patients were excluded from this table due to an incomplete/missing date of confirmed diagnosis.