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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21571: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment by the head of the Scottish Public Health Observatory comment regarding life expectancy rates that, "What we see [in Scotland] is a worrying trend. Life expectancy not only gives an indication of how long people are likely to live, but also serves as a 'warning light' for the public's health."

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 February 2019

Over the long term life expectancy and healthy life expectancy have increased. The latest data are of concern. We have a range of strategies to address inequalities in health and their underlying drivers. Health inequalities are a symptom of wider income inequality. That is why we have taken action such as setting in statute our ambition to eradicate child poverty, and outlining concrete action to make progress on this goal through our first Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan.