The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has published the public health fact sheet for 2019. The report highlights the statistics for hospital activity, pregnancy and early years, alcohol, drugs and smoking, mental and general health, premature mortality, life expectancy, and major diseases and conditions.
Key findings from the report are as follows:
- In 2018-2019 there were 23,507 hospital admissions per 100,000 population, and the rate of emergency admissions was 8,917 per 100,000 population.
- In 2018, 8.5 per cent of live births were classified as small for their gestational age.
- In 2018, the birth rate for women aged
- In 2018-2019, alcohol consumption was reported by four-fifths of adults and smoking was reported by 18 per cent of adults.
- There were 673 alcohol-related admissions per 100,000 population between 2016-2017 and 2018-2019.
- In 2016-18, 16.2 suicide deaths per 100,000 population were recorded.
- In 2018-2019, 18 per cent of individuals scored highly (>4) on the General Health Questionnaire, suggestive of a mental health condition.
- In 2014-2018, the preventable mortality rate was 207 deaths per 100,000 population.
- In 2016-2018, the life expectancy at birth was for males and females was 78.7 years and 82.4 years, respectively.
- In 2018-2019, 72 per cent of adults reported ‘good’ or ‘very good’ health.
- Between 2016-2017 and 2018-2019, circulatory disease accounted for 1,996 admissions and respiratory disease accounted for 2,022 admissions per 100,000 population.
- In 2011-2017, the rate of newly diagnosed cancer cases remained 600 per 100,000 population.