Scotland’s health is improving, but the gap in health outcomes between the most and least advantaged groups in society is widening. We call this gap health inequalities. Voluntary health organisations describe this as ‘getting sick more and dying earlier’ than necessary.
Health inequalities are the ‘systematic differences in the health of people occupying unequal positions in society’. They are strongly associated with socio-economic inequalities but can also result from discrimination. Health inequalities are unfair, not inevitable, and must be tackled.
Under the banner of Living in the Gap, VHS is promoting the voluntary health sector’s contribution to tackling health inequalities. This builds on our Unequal Lives Unjust Deaths work in 2014.
From July 2015 VHS is the Secretariat to the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities.
Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities website
NHS Health Scotland website
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