Date lodged: 8 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the rise in death rates, in light of the findings in the Scottish Public Health Observatory report, Socioeconomic inequality in recent adverse mortality trends in Scotland.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 February 2019
Over the long term life expectancy and healthy life expectancy have increased. However, it is difficult to pinpoint the cause of changing trends. The issues are complex and relate to an ageing population, inequalities, deprivation and poverty.
We remain focused on addressing the underlying causes that drive health inequalities. Our alcohol prevention framework and our diet and healthy weight strategy are among the measures designed to help tackle some of the key issues.