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Advancing equality in health

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Find out about NHS Health Scotland’s role in advancing equality, how protected characteristics can affect health and about policy and legislation.

Our vision

NHS Health Scotland is a national Health Board working with public, private and third sectors to reduce health inequalities and improve health.
Our vision is a Scotland in which all of our people and communities have a fairer share of the opportunities, resources and the confidence to live longer, healthier lives. Our aim is to improve Scotland’s overall health record by focusing on the persistent inequalities that prevent health being improved for all.

Advancing equality is fundamental to NHS Health Scotland’s mission. It is also our legal duty. The Equality Act 2010 protects characteristics which can make people vulnerable to being discriminated against and experiencing worse health.

NHS Health Scotland’s Equality team’s role is to work towards greater equality in policy, planning and practice across NHS Scotland. NHS Health Scotland also has a role to make sure that it is advancing equality and tackling unlawful discrimination in all its functions. 

Updated August 2015

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