NHS Health Scotland welcomes the public health priorities which have been published today by the Scottish Government and COSLA. 

The priorities reflect a consensus for co-ordinated action on:

  • healthy places and communities

  •  early years

  •  mental wellbeing

  •  harmful substances

  •  poverty and inequality

  •  healthy weight and physical activity.

 Chief Executive Gerry McLaughlin said:

 “It’s extremely encouraging that the process for developing the public health priorities has been inclusive, with involvement from local communities, partners, stakeholders and staff working in the public, voluntary and third sectors, including staff from NHS Health Scotland. The priorities set a direction for Scotland’s public services over the next decade, with the aim of organisations and communities working better together to focus on prevention, to reduce health inequalities and increase healthy life expectancy. This collaborative approach can only help to create long-term improvements in the health and wellbeing of communities.”

 “NHS Health Scotland is committed to working with partners on these priorities and to playing its part in helping shape a new national public health body. This is being designed to create a flourishing Scotland where people are wealthier, neighbourhoods are good places to live, and where children experience a physically and mentally healthy childhood.”