In the first issue of the online platform we will look at is an example from Scotland. In this series we will be looking at examples from different countries and regions. The Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee concluded that most of the primary causes of health inequalities are rooted in wider social and income inequalities. On this basis the Scottish Government announced that reducing health inequalities is to be a priority for the NHS as well as the establishment of partnerships. The Scottish Government’s Ministerial Taskforce on health inequalities (that was originally convened in 2008) is also prioritizing wider social inequalities and the involvement a range of partners across central and local government, other departments in the public sector and the third sector. The taskforce will establish a Health and Community Care Delivery Group with an inequalities action group, to support changes in community planning partnerships.
We would like to hear your thoughts on policies and practices to improve health and social equity, let us know anything you learned and any ideas from your community.
In your country what can be done to put health and social inequalities on the political agenda? Do you have examples of cross-party partnerships to address these inequalities?