Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan

This Action Plan sets out the Government's programme to deliver a healthier Scotland by helping people to sustain and improve their health, especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster access to health care. The report is informed by the response to the consultation on Better Health, Better Care: A Discussion Document (August 2007).


1 Pensionable age is 65 for men, 60 for women until 2010; between 2010 and 2020 pensionable age for women increases to 65. Between 2024 and 2026 the pensionable age for both men and women increases to 66 and changes again, in two further steps, to 68 by 2046.

2 Long Term Conditions Information Programme, ISD Scotland

3 Leyland AH, Dundas R, McLoone P, Boddy FA. Inequalities in mortality in Scotland 1981-2001. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional Papers no 16. Glasgow: MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, 2007

4 The standardised mortality ratio ( SMR) is the ratio of the number of observed deaths to the number of deaths that would have been expected in a council area had the Scottish age-specific death rates for that year applied to that area's population. These are expressed such that an SMR of 100 indicates mortality in line with the Scottish experience. An SMR of 110 suggests that age standardised mortality is 10% above average and an SMR of 90 corresponds to a mortality rate 10% below average.

5 We use the term disabled people, as recommended previously by the Disability Rights Commission, now part of the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, to best reflect the social model of disability. We are aware that not all disabled people accept this terminology.

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