What do we understand by the Right to Health? What efforts are being made to make the Right a reality? What does all this mean in practice for our work as people and organisations working to tackle health inequalities and enable a healthier, fairer Scotland? This year’s Annual Conference will explore these important questions and will be of relevance to VHS members, other third sector organisations involved in health, health and social care partnerships, NHS boards, other public services and universities.
The Right to Health means the right of everyone to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. This means the right to health services but also to the conditions that help us live in good health from birth to old age – including our childhood experiences, housing, education, employment, family income, communities and social support. The Right to Health has been formally recognised in the UK since 1976 and is now very actively championed in Scotland by government, public agencies and the third sector. Our legislation and policies are strong and well-intentioned, but the persistence of health inequalities demonstrates that the Right to Health is still not enjoyed equally. There are still far too many unfair and avoidable differences in people’s health across social groups and between different population groups. They represent thousands of unnecessary premature deaths every year in Scotland.
- Keynote Speaker: Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities
- Conference Chair: Cath Denholm, Director of Strategy, NHS Health Scotland
- Programme to be announced shortly
- There will be a poster competition on the day of the conference – contact Lauren Blair with any questions. Download your entry form.
- Full VHS Members will be eligible for two free places
- Do you want to be more involved in the day? Find out more about our exhibition and sponsor opportunities.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Lauren Blair