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SG Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities

The Scottish Government has published its latest report on its Long-term Monitoring of Health Inequalities.

It reports that inequalities in healthy life expectancy have not changed significantly since 2009-2010, and that inequalities in mental wellbeing have increased since 2008/2009. 

Based on the latest statistics from 2012/13, adults in the most deprived areas are around five times more likely to have below average wellbeing than those in the least deprived areas.

Although relative inequalities in premature mortality rates have widened over the long term, they have stabilised more recently in the years since 2006.  The absolute gap in mortality rates between most and least deprived areas has reduced every year since 2002.  This includes deaths caused by alcohol and coronary heart disease in adults aged 45-74.  The data has been gathered as part of the work by the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities, established in 2007 to explore how to reduce health inequalities in Scotland. 

For further information visit the Scottish Government website.

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