June 9, 2012
Health Inequality in Scotland and England
Date(s) - 09.06.2012
Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House
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 nutrition, dangerous work, over-work, bad housing, air 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.
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…
David Conway Chair Socialist Health Association Scotland
Bookings are closed for this event.