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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09.06.2012
10:00

16:00

Location
Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House

Categories


10am introduction

10.15  Dr Lynne Friedli   Lynne’s view on the asset driven approach

Mental Health and Inequality

11am   Dr Gerry McCartney Scottish Socialist Party

The Scotland effect

1.30 Dr Catherine Smith  Edinburgh University
GPs at the Deep End

Health Inequality has been addressed much more forcefully in Scotland than in England as far as the NHS and the Scottish Parliament is concerned, but many of the fundamental causes of poor health are not within the power of either the NHS or the Parliament to address.  The NHS is important, providing treatment, relief and care in time of need, but no-one can claim it is responsible for more than 50% at the maximum of increased  life expectancy.

So it follows that many other things need to be addressed too, to improve health and well-being especially of those with the worst health chances. All the old public health targets as well as a few more – poverty, unemployment, poor nutritiondangerous work, over-work, bad housingair pollution, poor education, fear for today and fear for the future,  insecurity,  helplessness, hopelessness. and  lack of access to knowledge about health and lack of access to health promoting experiences like fresh air, exercise, affordable healthy food.  Politicians all know most of this already, don’t they? And so does almost everybody else. They know what they want their children to have or to avoid as they grow up.

Its not rocket science, its much more important than that, its restoring human understanding of what makes a good life and aiming towards a society where all can have one, instead of asking what (profitable) tests and medicines everyone should have to be ‘healthy”

This seminar will explore what has already been done in Scotland, both inside and outside the NHS and will help us to produce future policies for the Labour Party both in England and in Scotland.

 Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform 

GPs at the Deep End

A big and warm welcome from SHA Scotland, and apologies that our exec group cannot be with you on what promises to be a most stimulating day. Welcome to our colleague(s) from England – we feel your pain and stand in solidarity with you in the struggle against the reforms – the privatization – of the health service south of the border. We do have concerns that this begins to remove the N out of the NHS – which may have an impact on the independence referendum as the fabric of the UK is dismantled by the coalition government in Westminster.

Special welcome to a stellar line-up of speakers. We agree with them that inequalities in health and in society are THE major challenge facing us in Scotland and are the primary focus of the SHA in Scotland. We would be keen to disseminate their words and thoughts wider via our range of communications our : SHA Scotland website, journal “Healthier Scotland”, blog and even twitter account… and will be in touch to discuss.

And welcome to all those in attendance today. We plan to have further events in Scotland in the coming year and we would be keen to keep you posted of these. We also urge you to join the SHA and join us in our regular quarterly business/political meetings – it would be great to have your input.

Sorry again that we can’t be with you in person, but we are with you in sprit…

Yours,

David Conway Chair Socialist Health Association Scotland

Bookings

Bookings are closed for this event.

One Comment

  1. Alice Coy says:

    Hi.

    I’m very interested in your seminar – I’m a nurse, involved in progressive politics and am currently undertaking a Masters in Public Health focusing on social and economic determinants. However I have a zero hour contract and because of studies am working very part time, so cannot afford £20 fee. I also need to pay for transport through from Glasgow. Do you have a concession rate?

    Cheers,
    Alice

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