Equally Well, the report of the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities was launched in June 2008. The report produced in partnership with Cosla was followed by a detailed action plan in December 2008.
Equally Well has actions for all and delivering on these will require strong joint working between NHS, local government, the Third Sector and other with community planning partnerships.
In addition, specific Government action is emphasized across portfolios and directorates. Particularly in focus, is bringing together the actions needed for the three big social frameworks:
The Equally Well review in 2010 updated this work, and highlighted areas for more intense effort:
Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities 2012
The Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities has been reconvened. The first meeting was held on November 29, 2012, chaired by Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Public Health.
The role of the reconvened Task Force will include the review of new evidence, look at lessons learned so far and highlight any new areas for attention. It is likely that a key area of discussion and exploration will be the concept of people and social connectedness.
The need to examine the bigger picture and how communities should be partnered in tackling inequalities is further explored in the Chief Medical Officer Annual Report 2010, Assets for Health: