Reducing inequalities in health is critical to achieving the Scottish Government's aim of making Scotland a better, healthier place for everyone, no matter where they live.
While the health of the country as a whole is improving, the fact is that some inequalities are widening. That requires concerted action across government.
Health inequalities can be a matter of personal lifestyles such as smoking or lack of physical activity. However, as important are community, economic, cultural and environmental factors.
The Scottish Government will do everything within its powers to find ways of reducing those inequalities, not only in health, but in all the other factors that lead to some people in Scotland being more disadvantaged than the majority.