Question reference: S6W-14047
- Asked by: Monica Lennon, MSP for Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
- Date lodged: 18 January 2023
Current status: Answered by Maree Todd on 31 January 2023
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to a recent Health Foundation report highlighting an increase in avoidable deaths in women in the most deprived areas, and what action it plans to take to support women living in poverty.
We thank the Health Foundation for publishing the report detailing the findings of their independent review into health inequalities. Sadly, the report confirms what we already know: that excess mortality is significantly driven by deprivation, and this continues to have an impact on life expectancy.
Women in poverty will benefit from a range of actions we are taking. This includes delivery of our new Getting it Right Together approach across health and social care, improving access to mental health services, strengthening the Universal Health Visiting Pathway and expanding our Welfare Advice and Health Partnerships – placing money advisors in 180 GP practices in some of Scotland’s most deprived areas.
Women’s health is key priority for this government, which is why Scotland was the first country in the UK to publish an ambitious Women’s Health Plan in August 2021. The Plan sets out actions which aim to address women’s health inequalities by raising awareness around women’s health, improving access to health care for women across their lives, and reducing inequalities in health outcomes for women and girls, so that all women and girls enjoy the best possible health throughout their lives.