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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15865: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on increasing the use of sports and culture services as part of its preventative health strategy, and what analysis it has carried out of how this could impact on demand for acute care services.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 8 May 2018

The Scottish Government recognises the importance of being active and that is why the sport scotland budget was not only protected, but we decided to further demonstrate our commitment by underwriting the loss of their National Lottery income by £3.4m.

Scotland's public health priorities will be published in spring 2018. The Public Health Reform programme’s aspirations will be the focus of our collaborative effort, nationally and locally, to improve the public's health and reduce health inequalities. Physical activity is emerging as one of the key themes within the priorities that are being identified as a way of reducing the impact on care services.