- 21 Dec 2012
By far the most significant issue which the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland has to face is the problem of health inequalities. The causes of health inequalities are complex and poorly understood. This report describes some of the research that has been carried out over the past few years in some of the poorest areas of Scotland. The research emphasises the complex nature of the problem and underlines the fact that concentrating on conventional risk factors will not be effective. The solution to Scotland’s most pressing problems will require concentrated effort across the whole of Scottish society. It will require new relationships and new ways of working together. We can make a difference but it will require courage to move in new directions.
Email: Sir Harry Burns