Date lodged: 26 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to establish a women’s health task force.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 10 May 2019
The Scottish Government is committed to tackling gender inequality in all areas of Scottish life and has continued to invest in women’s health including work on decreasing stillbirth rates, neonatal care and the establishment of endometriosis centres.
The First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls (the Advisory Council) was formed to address gender inequality and published their first report in January 2019. As part of recent digital engagement a Spotlight on Women and Girl's Health was undertaken, inviting feedback on health related questions. This feedback is currently being analysed and a summary is expected to be published on the Advisory Council's website in June. The responses will provide awareness of current issues and help to inform future reports to the First Minister.
At that point, consideration will be given on how to coordinate activity further on this issue.