Quality of care to achieve universal health coverage

A joint report from World Health Organization (WHO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank Group on ‘Delivering health services‘ has highlighted that poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels. The report considers that providing access to health services is not sufficient to achieve improvement in healthcare and that improving care quality is also necessary. Alongside recommending improvement in low and middle-income countries, the report highlights that around 15% of hospital expenditure in high-income countries is due to mistakes in care or patients being infected while in hospitals.

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School children in poverty

The Education and Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament have published a report into the attainment and achievement of school children experiencing poverty. The report follows the committee inquiry into what can be done to support the education of children and young people who are experiencing poverty, and makes recommendations that policies at school level and above are “poverty proofed” so there are fewer financial barriers to school education.

Households predicted to increase

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) have published statistics that show that the number of households in Scotland is projected to continue to increase, rising by 317,000 between 2016 and 2041. The rise is partly because Scotland’s population is projected to increase in this period, but also because of the ageing population, with older people more likely to live alone than younger people.

WHO report on transport, health and the environment

The World Health Organization (WHO) have published a report entitled ‘Making THE (transport, health and environment) link‘. The report discusses how countries can advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goals by focussing on achieving healthy, clean, zero-emission mobility and transport for all in Europe, and emphasises the ways that the policy platform can support action and establish collaborative partnerships.

Report on non-UK EU social care workforce

Research, commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Ipsos MORI, on the contribution of non-UK EU workers in the social care workforce in Scotland provides estimates of the number of non-UK EU workers in specified adult social care and childcare sub-sectors, and insights into the specific roles and contributions of those workers. The research is based on a survey which ran in early-2018. Overall it is estimated that the percentage of people employed within adult social care and childcare in Scotland that are non-UK EU nationals is 5.6%. The research identified that Brexit appeared to have had a limited impact on the sector to date but there are concerns that it could prove more of a challenge in the future.

SCPN newsletter

The Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN) have issued their latest newsletter. The newsletter features a forthcoming campaign from ASH Scotland on the #befree campaign to discourage young people from smoking; a campaign to introduce healthier food in workplaces in NHS Scotland; research on the impact of alcohol availability; an update on the World Cancer Research Fund Cancer Prevention Recommendations and their Cancer Health Check tool; the Scottish Government consultation on food served in schools; the ‘daily mile’ initiative; the work of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Cancer; a Nourish Scotland report on what people want to see in a fair and healthy food system; the World Cancer Research Fund report that features evidence that nutritional factors and physical activity can predict important outcomes for breast cancer; an infographic on responses to the Scottish Government consultation on proposals to improve diet and promote healthy weight; a spotlight on Scottish Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer; an interview with Professor Sarah Wild, an epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh and an honorary consultant in public health at NHS Lothian, on the association between diabetes and cancer; updates on the BeWEL trial and the ActWELL Study and a round-up of recent research highlights.

NHS Health Scotland paper on educational outcomes

NHS Health Scotland have issued a briefing paper on ‘Children’s social circumstances and educational outcomes‘. The paper looks at how the circumstances in which children and young people live and learn contribute to inequalities in educational outcomes, and highlights the link between poor educational attainment and increased rates of death and illness in adults for a wide range of health conditions.