The Poverty and Inequality Commission have published analysis to inform the Scottish Government’s forthcoming child poverty delivery plan. The Commission was established to provide independent advice to the Scottish Government on reducing poverty and inequality in Scotland and to scrutinise the progress. The recent publications are a Report on the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland 2014-17, a report on Local contributions to tackling poverty and inequality in Scotland and Advice on the Scottish Government’s child poverty delivery plan.
National Records for Scotland have published provisional figures for vital events registered in Scotland in the fourth quarter of 2017. The figures show that the number of deaths was greater in the same period of 2016 and the highest for the quarter since 2003. Over the longer term, deaths from coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease have decreased considerably whilst the number of deaths from cancer and respiratory disease has risen slightly. There has been a relatively large increase in the number of deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with such deaths now accounting for more than 10 per cent of all deaths compared to 5 per cent a decade ago.
The Scottish Government has published an analysis of responses to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) consultation which took place between September and November 2017. In total 967 responses were received with a high level of consensus supporting the principle of LEZs to help improve air quality. The Scottish Government have made a commitment to introduce LEZs into Scotland’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020.
The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have published a ‘spotlight‘ article on the new Scottish GP contract.
The Scottish Government have announced funding for projects that focus on helping people move away from emergency food support to having access to healthy food. The funding supports the Fair Food Fund and additional support for children experiencing food poverty.
The Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament have published the official report of their meeting on 13th March. The main part of the meeting covered impacts on health and social care of leaving the European Union, including the impact on research and clinical trials, and the regulation of medicine and medical devices.
Also, the Scottish Government Health Secretary has made a statement on the threat of Brexit to health services ahead of her appearance at the Health and Sport Committee inquiry into the impact of leaving the European Union on health in Scotland.