NHS Health Scotland
Legislative consultation on Public Health Scotland
We need to maintain a sharp national focus on the right to health and on those experiencing the worst inequalities in the new national public health body. This is our key recommendation to the Scottish Government’s formal consultation on the statutory establishment of Public Health Scotland.
We are looking forward to and preparing for our part in the new body. Our goal remains to increase life expectancy and the years people live in good health. Our attention stays on ensuring that everyone in Scotland achieves the highest attainable standard of health. To achieve this, part of the remit of public health must be to shine a light on the factors that influence health which are beyond a person’s control, and recommend actions to tackle them. The weight and lawfulness of a human rights lens will help to do this. It draws attention to the persistence of health inequalities, which must be addressed if we are to improve Scotland’s health effectively.
Gerry McLaughlin, NHS Health Scotland Chief Executive, yesterday said:
“The creation of Public Health Scotland is a once in a generation opportunity. Not only will it drive the delivery of public health priorities through better integration between local and national partners, but it will help us to increase the reach of our practical and professional advice to the public. We believe that Public Health Scotland has a distinct national role in supporting communities to participate in decisions that affect their health and wellbeing.
“We are confident that Public Health Scotland can be effective in protecting an improving the health of the people of Scotland, and that we can make genuine progress towards a fairer, healthier Scotland.”
For more information on public health in Scotland, visit the ‘our context’ web pages.
Latest News from
NHS Health Scotland
Response to Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic Trends14/08/2019 16:25:00
We welcome the publication of the Registrar General’s Annual Review of Demographic trends for 2018.
MUP well implemented and compliance amongst alcohol licensed premises high02/08/2019 09:15:00
Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol has been implemented effectively, with compliance high amongst licensed premises in Scotland. These are the key findings of the first study from the MUP evaluation, published yesterday by NHS Health Scotland.
A deeper look at stalling life expectancy18/07/2019 15:33:00
Public Health Scientists from NHS Health Scotland have contributed to a paper out today which shows that mortality rates have worsened across almost all age groups against a backdrop of widening inequalities.
Drug deaths are preventable, not inevitable18/07/2019 12:15:00
Figures published recently (16 July 2019) show the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland is the highest number ever recorded, for the fifth year in a row. In 2018, 1,187 people lost their lives to a drug-related death.
Response to CYP Mental Health Task Force recommendations12/07/2019 14:51:00
NHS Health Scotland welcome the publication of the recommendations put forward by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force, in particular, the recognition that there is a need to prioritise preventative approaches to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Delivering a new standard of weight management service for everyone across Scotland03/07/2019 10:25:00
Scotland has amongst the highest rates of obesity in the developed world. This has a profound impact on health, quality of life and demand on our health services.
Suicides rates rise despite inequality gap narrowing27/06/2019 12:15:00
Data published yesterday shows an increase in the number of people who took their own life in 2018.
MESAS Monitoring Report 2019 published20/06/2019 11:15:00
NHS Health Scotland yesterday published the 2019 MESAS Monitoring Report, as part of our on-going delivery of the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) programme. The report aims to provide the latest available information and key statistics on alcohol consumption, price and harm in a clear, concise and accessible way.