The overarching purpose of the Scottish Government is to create a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. There is no better demonstration of our commitment to achieving this than Health Works, the update to our Healthy Working Lives strategy.
Health Works brings together improvement in the overall health of Scotland's people with improvement in the competitiveness of Scottish industry through improved productivity and with more people benefiting from work. We can help more people to join the labour market and share in the prosperity of the country with their families and communities. In doing so we will make a significant contribution to addressing some of the causes of health and social inequalities.
Health Works throws down a challenge to employers. Proactive workplace policies on health and wellbeing can deliver significant bottom line benefits, but this requires a commitment from employers and from business organisations to show leadership. There is also a challenge for the public sector. Employing almost a quarter of the working population of Scotland, the public sector can establish itself as an exemplar employer, leading the way in workplace practice, but also reaping the benefits of enhanced workplace health and wellbeing.
What the review of Healthy Working Lives has shown is that we are working in a very real partnership. Central and local government, the NHS, the public, private, third sectors and trades unions have all contributed to the development of the Health Works strategy and now must play their parts in ensuring that it is delivered successfully.
RTHON ALEX SALMOND MSPMP