Date lodged: 15 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many women were prescribed contraception on the NHS in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) method of contraception, (b) age group and (c) NHS board.
Answered by: Shona Robison 2 March 2017
The information requested is not readily available. The recording of patients’ unique Community Health Index (CHI) number on prescriptions for the dispensing of contraceptives is not sufficiently comprehensive to allow accurate patient-based analysis.
However, some information on prescribed contraception is available in the report Prescription Cost Analysis, published annually by National Services Scotland Information Services Division (ISD) (www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Prescribing-and-Medicines/Community-Dispensing/Prescription-Cost-Analysis/).
In addition, ISD also publish the report Long Acting Reversible Methods of Contraception in Scotland, which provides information by age group and NHS board on contraceptive devices, including those supplied through sexual health clinics (www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Sexual-Health/Publications/2016-09-20/2016-09-20-LARC-Report.pdf).