National Records of Scotland have published figures on life expectancy in Scotland. The associated report looks at how life expectancy varies according to deprivation, council area, health board area and rural or urban areas. The figures show that life expectancy can vary by seven years depending on the council area a baby is born in and by 10.5 years depending on how deprived an area the baby was born in.
The Scottish Government Evidence Finder has been updated. The Evidence Finder is a gateway site to equality evidence across a range of policy areas. The information is collected from Scottish Government and its agencies research publications and national and official statistics It’s updated twice a year and can be searched by policy area and equality characteristic.
NHS Health Scotland have published an Inequality Briefing on mental health. It outlines two strands of social inequalities and mental health: mental health inequalities as an (often neglected) component of health inequalities; and the social and health inequalities experienced by people with mental health problems. The briefing sets out actions to address these issues based on evidence of what works.
ISD Scotland have published the annual update on statistics for alcohol-related inpatient and day case activity within general acute hospitals and psychiatric hospitals in Scotland for 2016/17. The figures highlight a difference in the pattern of alcohol-related admissions by deprivation. A summary and a full report are available.
A report providing an analysis of the responses to the recent Scottish Government consultation on ‘socio-economic duty‘ has been published. The ‘socio-economic duty’ asks particular public authorities to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage. The report provides a summary of responses and the Scottish Government’s reply.
The Faculty of Public Health in Scotland have published a call to action report, Healthy lives, fairer futures, which sets out recommendations they believe are necessary to address health inequalities in Scotland.
The ChildSmile programme aimed at improving the oral health of children in Scotland has been expanded. The Fairer Scotland Action Plan committed the Scottish Government to further expand the programme in deprived communities.