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Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities, 13/03/14 [S]

Health inequalities in Scotland can only be solved by tackling the root causes of inequality, and taking the fight beyond the NHS, according to a new report.

It found that health in Scotland is improving and life expectancies are increasing. But the rate of improvement is the same in both deprived and affluent areas, meaning relative inequalities remain.

The task force report called for a greater focus on the development of ‘social capital’ – increasing the opportunities for people to engage with others in their community as the evidence suggest that building resilience in individuals, families and communities can make a difference. The importance of Community Planning Partnerships in setting local initiatives was also highlighted.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further information

Report of the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities (2013)

Scottish Government news release