MSP re-tables question on diabetes in Dundee and Angus because of "lack of information" in answer.

9 June 2010

Marlyn Glen is re-tabling a question to the Scottish Government in the Scottish Parliament on the number of people in Dundee and Angus admitted to hospital for diabetes because of "a lack of information that was made available in the past".

Ms. Glen is attempting to assist in raising public awareness of the extent of diabetes locally, and had tabled a question asking for details of the number of admissions to hospital for diabetes in Dundee and Angus in each of the past four years to see if there was a trend in the figures

The answer she received indicated that the numbers ranged from 141 to 174 a year in Dundee, and from 101 to 138 a year in Angus.

These figures related to instances where diabetes was a primary diagnosis, and the Scottish Government would not provide the information by area ( " intermediate geography zone") " due to the small numbers and the associated risk of disclosure of information on individual patients."

However, Ms. Glen said that when she asked the Scottish Government the same question in September 2007,the Scottish Government said there were 2,073 acute hospital admissions for diabetes in Dundee in 2005-06 and 1,264 in Angus.

This was because cases where diabetes was either a primary or a secondary diagnosis were included in the answer.

In the most recent answer the Scottish Government has restricted the numbers to only those with a primary diagnosis of diabetes.

In addition, information was given on the number of cases in 31 areas of Dundee and 25 areas of Angus ( "intermediate geographical zones" )

Ms. Glen said that hospital admissions were just one source of diagnosis of the condition.

She said,

"The fullest possible information that is consistent with patient confidentiality should be made available to raise public awareness of the condition, given its particular relationship with obesity.

" It may be that the levels of confidentiality have been raised or classifications changed since last I raised this question.

"However, the trend in data availability is towards the local level with the benefits that can come from developing health policy at local level."

Ms. Glen is to ask the Scottish Government for the same information for Dundee and Angus for acute admissions where diabetes is either a primary or a secondary diagnosis.

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SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

WRITTEN ANSWER

1 June 2010

Index Heading: Health and Wellbeing

Marlyn Glen (North East Scotland) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what the (a) number and (b) rate per 1,000 of population has been of acute hospital admissions for diabetes in (a) Dundee and (b) Angus in each of the last four years, also broken down by intermediate geographical zone.

(S3W-33655)

Ms Shona Robison :

Information is given in the following table on the number and rate per 1,000 of acute hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of diabetes for financial years 31 March 2006 to 2009 for Angus and Dundee Community Health Partnerships. Information at intermediate geography zone level is not included due to the small numbers and the associated risk of disclosure of information on individual patients.

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

No of Admissions

Rate per 1,000 pop

No of Admissions

Rate per 1,000 pop

No of Admissions

Rate per 1,000 pop

No of Admissions

Rate per 1,000 pop

Angus CHP

101

0.93

104

0.95

114

1.04

138

1.25

Dundee CHP

142

1.00

141

0.99

174

1.22

162

1.14

Source: ISD Scotland

 

SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE

Parliamentary questions raised on the same issue in 2007

26  September 2007

Marlyn Glen : To ask the Scottish Executive what the hospital admission rate for diabetes was in Dundee in the last year for which information is available, broken down by intermediate geographical zone.

Shona Robison : Table 1 presents the number and rates per 1,000 population of acute hospital admissions for Diabetes Mellitus, resident in Dundee City council area broken down by Intermediate Geographical Zone.

Table 1. Number and Rates of Hospital Admissions for Diabetes Mellitus1, Resident in Dundee City Council Area; for Year Ending 31 March 2006

Intermediate Geographical Zone

Number of Admissions

Rate Per 1,000 Population

Dundee council area

2,073

14.58

S02000199 - Perth Road

44

8.21

S02000200 - Westend

31

4.85

S02000201 - City Centre

36

6.75

S02000202 - Logie and Blackness

49

9.82

S02000203 - Docks and Wellgate

62

13.66

S02000204 - Balgay

74

17.78

S02000205 - Menzieshill

118

25.15

S02000206 - Broughty Ferry West

65

12.56

S02000207 - Craigie and Craigiebank

98

23.66

S02000208 - Stobswell

70

14.09

S02000209 - Law

78

21.35

S02000210 - West Ferry

53

16.56

S02000211 - Hilltown

67

11.67

S02000212 - Barnhill

45

8.98

S02000213 - Broughty Ferry East

58

14.93

S02000214 - Lochee

102

18.81

S02000215 - Baxter Park

63

18.97

S02000216 - Charleston

47

11.70

S02000217 - The Glens

121

26.11

S02000218 - Douglas East

63

18.50

S02000219 - Fairmuir

85

19.15

S02000220 - Western Edge

18

5.84

S02000221 - Linlathen and Midcraigie

89

17.11

S02000222 - Douglas West

110

26.33

S02000223 - Caird Park

50

14.74

S02000224 - West Pitkerro

23

5.14

S02000225 - Ardler and St Marys

105

19.49

S02000226 - Whitfield

55

9.95

S02000227 - Downfield

48

9.49

S02000228 - Kirkton

79

20.10

S02000229 - Fintry

67

12.28

Source: SMR01 linked database.

Note: 1. Up to six diagnoses (one principal, five secondary) are recorded on SMR01 returns.

All six positions have been used to look for admissions for Diabetes Mellitus.

The following codes were used from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Other Health Related Problems, tenth revision (ICD10) to define this condition: E10 - E14.

 

26 September 2007

 

To ask the Scottish Executive what the hospital admission rate for diabetes was in Angus in the last year for which information is available, broken down by intermediate geographical zone.

Shona Robison : Table 1 presents the number and rates per 1,000 population of acute hospital admissions for Diabetes Mellitus, resident in Angus council area broken down by Intermediate Geographical Zone.

Table 1. Number and Rates Of Hospital Admissions for Diabetes Mellitus1, Resident in Angus Council Area; for Year Ending 31 March 2006

Intermediate Geographical Zone

Number of Admissions

Rate per 1,000 population

Angus council area

1,264

11.58

S02000105 - Monifieth West

23

7.72

S02000106 - Monifieth East

66

13.51

S02000107 - Carnoustie West

45

9.66

S02000108 - Carnoustie East

55

9.77

S02000109 - Monikie

27

7.70

S02000110 - South Angus

50

8.28

S02000111 - Arbroath Keptie

39

10.84

S02000112 - Arbroath Harbour

94

22.66

S02000113 - Arbroath Kirkton

38

7.11

S02000114 - Arbroath Cliffburn

52

12.24

S02000115 - Arbroath Warddykes

89

18.25

S02000116 - Letham and Glamis

45

8.48

S02000117 - Kirriemuir Landward

48

16.91

S02000118 - Forfar West

36

7.26

S02000119 - Forfar Central

68

15.19

S02000120 - Forfar East

47

12.47

S02000121 - Lunan

30

10.60

S02000122 - Friockheim

62

9.53

S02000123 - Kirriemuir

75

12.65

S02000124 - Montrose South

81

15.94

S02000125 - Montrose North

55

12.08

S02000126 - Brechin East

47

16.66

S02000127 - Brechin West

41

11.60

S02000128 - Hillside

33

10.59

S02000129 - Angus Glens

18

5.09

Source: SMR01 linked databse.

Note: 1. Up to six diagnoses (one principal, five secondary) are recorded on SMR01 returns.

All six positions have been used to look for admissions for Diabetes Mellitus.

The following codes were used from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Other Health Related Problems, tenth revision (ICD10) to define this condition: E10 - E14.

 

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