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Health Inequalities Written Answer, 19/11/14 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Bill Kidd's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government what its position is on the findings of the recent RCN Scotland poll on health inequalities.

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, replied that the Scottish Government welcomes the recent poll from the Royal College of Nursing as tackling the injustice of inequalities in health remains a priority for the Scottish Government. Earlier this year, we published the third review of the Equally Well policy. This highlighted that much more can be done at the local level, building on the assets that communities already have.
We also know that to effectively tackle health inequalities we need a shift in emphasis from dealing with the consequences to addressing the underlying causes by ending poverty, paying fair wages, supporting families and improving our physical and social environments, which we are doing by driving investment in affordable housing, free school meals and continuing the social wage commitments including free prescriptions, concessionary travel and free personal care

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 19 November 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 19 November 2014