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Annual check-up for Scottish health

4th December 2006

04092006_smokingbar1.jpgThe state of health in Scotland is set to undergo an annual check-up as part of efforts to improve services and public health.

The plans were revealed by Scotland’s First Minister Jack McConnell at the World Health Organisation (WHO) conference in Edinburgh.

The annual review will examine in some detail the country's health needs and highlight priorities. It will also be used to identify what policies have worked.

It came as the first annual health improvement report revealed the number of premature deaths from heart disease has dropped by almost half in the past 10 years.

The report also highlighted public health initiatives which have been introduced, like the ban on smoking in public places, which are helping Scotland to lose its ‘sick man of Europe’ label.

The review will use expertise from outside the health service to provide a more holistic approach to improving health.

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