The next Health Inequality Seminar is scheduled for 1st June 2016 from 1230h – 1430h at the Lothian Chambers in Edinburgh.
The topic will be welfare reform, and the role of health and social care services in mitigating the effects of the national austerity programme.
Midlothian suite in the Lothian Chambers on the corner of George the IV bridge and the Royal Mile
1st June 2016 at 1230h
At a recent event on public health and welfare in Edinburgh, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association declared that ‘welfare is good for health’. But in the UK today, it appears that the welfare system is being dismantled with the poorest and most disadvantaged in our society being most adversely affected.
Health campaigners, along with many others have claimed that the UK Government’s changes to the welfare benefits system will widen health inequalities and cause increased pressure on frontline health and social care services.
However there is hope in Scotland that its new social security powers present an opportunity to design a system which will contribute to the narrowing of health inequalities
At this seminar we will look at the data in relation to welfare reform and austerity, and the impact on health and health inequalities. Using case studies from across Scotland, we will suggest how health and social care services might mitigate the impact of the welfare benefit changes and contribute to reducing health inequalities. We will also hear from the Scottish Government about their plans for ill-health and disability benefits in the future.