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
Vaccinate globally and reduce cancer-causing HPV in Scotland16/12/2019 15:10:00
In the lead up to Christmas NHS Health Scotland is encouraging Scotland’s S1 school children to learn about the HPV vaccine being provided to boys and girls this academic year, and gift a vaccine for a child in a developing country through UNICEF by completing Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) lessons.
TV and panto star says get protected against flu this Christmas12/12/2019 11:15:00
Children and adults with health conditions, and parents of children aged 2-5, are urged to protect themselves and their children against flu, which can be a serious and fatal illness for these groups of people.
Scottish Affairs Committee call for public health approach to drug use07/11/2019 13:47:00
The Scottish Affairs Committee recently (04 November 2019) published the report of their comprehensive inquiry into problematic drug use in Scotland.
Scottish Affairs Committee call for public health approach to drug use06/11/2019 14:20:00
The Scottish Affairs Committee has published the report of their comprehensive inquiry into problematic drug use in Scotland.
Experts gather in Scotland for summit to tackle poverty and inequality05/11/2019 09:15:00
Leaders from across Scotland are gathering in Glasgow to address the country’s significant public health challenges.
NHS Digital’s Clinical Adviser for maternity wins a Gold Chief Midwifery Officer Award29/10/2019 09:15:00
A Clinical Adviser at NHS Digital who is leading the charge to digitise maternity services has been recognised with a special gold award from England’s Chief Midwifery Officer.
Scotland’s National Transport Strategy going the right direction for public health25/10/2019 09:15:00
NHS Health Scotland welcome Scotland’s National Transport Strategy as part of a whole system approach for good health and wellbeing. Transport is a fundamental part of the places we live in, which are important determinants of health, and should be central to their development and design.
A public health approach to justice21/10/2019 14:15:00
Today, Scotland is host to a major conference aimed at changing lives by strengthening links between public health and the justice system.