News in numbers: April

06 April 2018

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

News in Numbers

District nursing teams will provide a 24/7 service in a new initiative announced by Northern Ireland’s health department. It also said 100% of district nurses would have a mobile phone by March this year and 100% of nurses would have access to Northern Ireland’s electronic care record by June. All will be able to work remotely by 2019

Latest figures show 40 young people have been waiting more than 12 months for treatment from the child and adolescent mental health services in Scotland

Public satisfaction with the NHS dropped 6% in a year to 57% – its lowest since 2011. Dissatisfaction has risen to 29% – the highest in a decade. The findings come from the British Social Attitudes survey by the Nuffield Trust and The King’s Fund 

A minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol is to be introduced in Scotland. With 1265 alcohol-related deaths in 2016, the government says it will prevent around 400 deaths by 2023 

The Welsh NHS is spending more than £1m every week on agency nurses to plug gaps in rotas. A Freedom of Information request found Welsh health boards spent a combined £54.9m on nursing staff from agencies in 2017

As many as 4.6m people are thought to be living with diabetes in the UK, according to new analysis by the charity Diabetes UK

Almost 9 out of 10 diagnosed have type 2 diabetes.

It is estimated that there are nearly a million people who are unaware that they have the condition and 12.2m people are at increased risk of developing type 2



Department of Health Northern Ireland. (2018) A district nursing framework 2018-2026: 24 hour district nursing care no matter where you live. See: (accessed 21 March 2018).

Diabetes UK. (2018) Number of people living with diabetes double in twenty years. See: (accessed 21 March 2018).

NHS National Services Scotland. (2018) Child and adolescent mental health services: waiting times in NHS Scotland. See: (accessed 21 March 2018).

The Kings Fund. (2017) Public satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2017. See: (accessed 21 March 2018).