Press Release 5th Feb, 2013

Event to inform inquiry into health inequalities

The views of charities, individuals, the NHS and the third sector are among those that will help to shape an inquiry into health inequality that the Health and Sport Committee plan to launch later on this year.

The Committee plans to hear their views at a stakeholder conference event to be held in the Scottish Parliament on 18 February. The event, entitled ‘Mind the 28 year Gap’ will hear the theoretical perspective from academics that have carried out research in this area.

But most importantly, the views of those that attend will be captured during breakout sessions, in order for the Committee to consider them when they come to determining the remit for the inquiry.

Convener of the Committee Duncan McNeil MSP said:

“There is no easy answer to tackling health inequalities in Scotland. This is why before launching an inquiry into health inequality we want to hear the views of those that deal with the impact of health inequalities day in, day out.

“Those with expertise in this area will be invaluable to the Committee and help to direct the remit of our inquiry to those areas where we can potentially make the biggest difference.”