Scottish government launches country’s first women’s health plan

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'The plan, which was informed by women’s own testimonies, is described as “the first stage of a long-term commitment to reducing health inequalities for women”. The 68-page document also pledges to appoint a national women’s health champion, establish a research fund to close gaps in scientific and medical knowledge and improve information and public awareness of heart disease symptoms and risks for women.
Asked about the systemic inequalities that women often face in accessing the health services they need, Todd said: “The reality is we live in a men’s world and when we look at systems of all sorts around the world we see inequality for women … We have listened to what women are telling us and we are determined to correct that”.'


Healthy life expectancy in Scotland drops to just 61 years for men and women

'Healthy life expectancy has dropped across Scotland according to a shock new report, with a widening gap between the richest and poorest.

Males can expect to live in good health for an average of 61.7 years from birth while for females it is 61.9 years, according to a report published today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS).'

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