Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Scots Claim "Best" System for Tackling Health Inequalities

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Scots Claim "Best" System for Tackling Health Inequalities

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SCOTLAND

A rethink of Scotland's system of tackling inequalities has led to the Chief Medical Officer claiming it as the best in the world. Dr Harry Burns said the world was watching as it produced a scheme that cut across all levels of government and departments.

"In 20 years this is the most insightful programme I have seen in the world. This is the best I have seen so far. I am more optimistic than I have ever been," said Dr Burns.

The comments came after a major redesign of public services, backed by a £15 million cash injection, and with £1.78 billion expected to be spent in total on tackling health inequality over the next three years.

Public Health Minister, Shona Robison, said the government was determined to reduce health inequality.

"Scotland's health is improving but there are stubborn and unacceptable differences between rich and poor," said Robison.

"For example, there is a 10-year gap in healthy life expectancy for men between the national average and the most deprived areas. …

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