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About NHS Health Scotland

NHS Health Scotland staff

NHS Health Scotland is a national Health Board working with public, private and third sectors to reduce health inequalities and improve health.

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What are health inequalities?

Health inequalities are unfair differences in the health of the population.

The average health in Scotland is steadily improving. However, many people still die before they should, or are living with preventable illness. For example, for people living in Scotland’s most deprived areas, life expectancy is 13 years less than those living in the least deprived areas.

This inequality in health is a human tragedy. It also reduces economic output and increases social problems. Reducing health inequalities is, therefore, a concern for us all.

What are we doing to reduce health inequalities?

NHS Health Scotland is committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle injustice.

We are:

  • compiling world class evidence and research to further understanding of health inequalities in Scotland and what works to address them.
  • helping national and local policy makers to design and evaluate interventions that help build a fairer healthier Scotland.
  • establishing an Inequalities Action Group and working with Community Planning Partnerships to deliver the changes to practice that will make a difference.

Updated 23 July 2014