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S5W-03913: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 19 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-09882 by Michael Matheson on 23 October 2012, whether it will provide an update on the figures showing annual deaths from silicosis and related diseases, setting out what those related diseases are.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 9 November 2016

The information requested is given in the following table. For the purpose of producing statistics on causes of death, deaths registered in Scotland are classified using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), and normally counted on the basis of the underlying cause of the death.

The table gives the numbers of deaths for which the ICD-10 code for the underlying cause of the death was one of the specified codes:

(a) silicosis - code "J62" for "pneumoconiosis due to dust containing silica" and code "J65" for "pneumoconiosis associated with tuberculosis", in cases where "silicosis" was mentioned in the text of the cause of death given in the death certificate;

(b) related diseases - all other deaths coded "J60" to "J65". These cover other forms of pneumoconiosis, such as aluminosis, asbestosis, anthracosilicosis and anthracosis.

Deaths registered in Scotland for which the underlying cause of death was silicosis or related diseases, 2012 to 2015

 

Year of registration of death

Underlying cause of death

2012

2013

2014

2015

Silicosis1

2

2

0

4

Related diseases2

23

20

18

24

of which:

J60 Coalworker's pneumoconiosis

2

2

1

1

J61 Pneumoconiosis due to asbestos and other mineral fibres

21

18

16

23

J64 Unspecified pneumoconiosis

0

0

1

0

Total silicosis and related diseases

25

22

18

28

1 - ICD-10 code J62, plus any deaths coded J65 for which "silicosis" was mentioned in the text of the cause of death given in the death certificate.

2 - ICD-10 codes J60, J61, J63 and J64, plus deaths coded J65 for which "silicosis" was not mentioned in the cause of death. As it happens, in the period covered by the table, there were no deaths coded (a) J63 pneumoconiosis due to other inorganic dusts or (b) J65 pneumoconiosis associated with tuberculosis, without "silicosis" being mentioned in the cause of death.