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Chief Medical Officer Annual Report 2011 - Transforming Scotland's Health

Chief Medical Officer Annual Report 2011 - Transforming Scotland's Health

Friday, December 21, 2012

ISBN: 9781782563228

The Chief Medical Officer Report. This report describes some of the research which has been carried out over recent years into health inequalities.

Executive Summary

By far the most significant issue which the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland has to face is the problem of health inequalities.

The causes of health inequalities are complex and poorly understood. This report describes some of the research that has been carried out over the past few years in some of the poorest areas of Scotland. The research emphasises the complex nature of the problem and underlines the fact that concentrating on conventional risk factors will not be effective. The solution to Scotland’s most pressing problems will require concentrated effort across the whole of Scottish society. It will require new relationships and new ways of working together. We can make a difference but it will require courage to move in new directions.