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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-07579: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many excess winter deaths have been recorded in each year since 1999-2000, broken down by NHS board area, and what information it has for 2016-17.

Answered by: Shona Robison 8 March 2017

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) publish annual statistics on the seasonal increase in mortality in their Winter Mortality in Scotland publication. The 2015-16 edition, available at the following link, includes breakdowns by NHS Board back to 2006-07.

Figures for 2004-05 and 2005-06 are available in the 2013-14 edition of the publication (also available at the link).

Earlier editions include NHS Board breakdowns as far back as 1999-00. However, these are based on old NHS Board boundaries and are not always comparable with the most recent figures.

It is anticipated that figures for winter 2016-17 will be published in October 2017.

NRS also publish a monthly count of deaths, available at the following link. Figures for December 2016 and January 2017 have already been published and figures for February 2017 will be released on 14 March. It is not yet known how many of these deaths would be considered to be part of any seasonal increase, as the calculation involves comparing deaths in the four winter months with the four month period either side.