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Health inequalities in Scotland

Audit that aims to assess how well public sector organisations are working together to tackle health inequalities. Given the scale and complexity of the problem, the detail the impact of wider policies such as education, employment and housing on reducing health inequalities, is not examined.

Instead it focuses on how bodies work together to identify need, target resources and monitor their collective performance in reducing health inequalities. The report:

  • outlines the scale of health inequalities and the effects on specific groups of people
  • estimates how much the public sector spends on reducing health inequalities, although information on this was limited
  • looks at the quality of evaluations
  • reviews how well CPPs ensure that there is a coordinated focus on health inequalities
  • looks at whether access to health services is equitable for all groups within the population, particularly people living in deprived areas.
Audit Scotland