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A right to health for the people of Scotland

Citation
Kapilashrami A, Marsden S & Robertson T (2016) A right to health for the people of Scotland. In: Barrow S, Small M (ed.). Scotland 2021, Edinburgh: Bella Caledonia/Ekklesia, pp. 81-86.

Abstract
It is fundamentally unjust that systematic inequalities in Scotland today mean that some people live healthier, longer lives than many others. This is not just a concern for those most unfairly impacted: while declining deaths from alcohol, heart disease, most cancers and respiratory disease are encouraging, Scotland’s population as a whole remains, in European terms, comparatively sick. This can only change if there is a fundamental transformation in how we view health and how we understand its underlying causes. It is not about individual lifestyle choices; it is about structural change. We need our government in Scotland to commit to establishing a right to health for all. As a first step we need to foster a debate about exactly what a ‘right to health’ entails and then work together to address underlying social, economic, political and commercial determinants of health to address real change in the nation’s health. A peoples’ movement with a committed government can do just that. And it can make Scotland healthier.

Keywords
health; public health; policy; social movement

StatusPublished
AuthorsKapilashrami, Anuj; Marsden, Sara; Robertson, Tony
Publication date24/10/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/24748
PublisherBella Caledonia/Ekklesia
Publisher URLhttp://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2016/12/21/scotland-2021-3/
Place of publicationEdinburgh
ISBN 9780993294235
LanguageEnglish
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