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Equally Well: Report of the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities

DescriptionThis is the report of the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities
Official Print Publication DateJune 2008
Website Publication DateJune 19, 2008


"Scotland's health is improving rapidly but it is not improving fast enough for the poorest sections of our society. Health inequalities ... remain our major challenge."
ISBN 978 0 7559 5760 6
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Foreword - First Minister

Preface - Scottish Government and COSLA

Executive Summary

The challenge facing the Task Force
Key health inequalities
What causes health inequalities?
The Task Force's approach
Communication and engagement
The Task Force's principles and priorities

Action and Recommendations
Smarter Scotland: Early years and young people
Wealthier and Fairer Scotland: Tackling poverty and increasing employment
Greener Scotland: Physical environments and transport
Safer and Stronger Scotland: Harms to health and wellbeing: alcohol, drugs and violence
Healthier Scotland: Health and wellbeing

Delivering Change
Public services and client pathways: a step change


Third Sector contribution

What will success look like?

Limitations of current devolved powers

Reviewing progress

Annex 1 Key health inequalities in Scotland
Annex 2 Previous reviews and reports on health inequalities
Annex 3 Illustrative assessment of inequalities in premature mortality from coronary heart disease
Annex 4 Recommendations