To provide a flavour of the debate it is estimated that the NHS across the UK managed 2.2 million patients with a wound during 2012–13 and that the annual cost of managing these wounds and associated comorbidities was £5.3 billion. In 2017/18, Scotland will manage approximately 300,000 wounds at a cost to NHS Scotland of £0.7 billion, 2019/20, Scotland will manage approximately 370,000 wounds at a cost to NHS Scotland of £0.9 billion. The average size of the adult catchment population of a Scottish Health Board is 310,000 individuals. In his work, Professor Chapman-Jones estimated that in 2017/18 an average Scottish Health Board will manage approximately 22,000 wounds at a cost to NHS Scotland of £51 million. This is expected to rise to 26,000 wounds in 2019/20 at a cost to NHS Scotland of £63 million.
Following the debate, Professor Chapman-Jones was asked to attend a specially conveyed meeting again at the House of Lords to become part of a strategy group looking in more detail at the consequences of this rise.
He has also been invited to attend an expert Round Table Meeting discussing; Chronic Inflammation and Fibrosis Leading to the Development of Cancer in Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinical Research Review and Priority-setting Consensus Round Table in May 2018 in Vienna.