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Thousands get involved in Healthier Scotland conversation

Published: 29 Dec 2015 00:01

Scots have their say on future health & care services

Thousands of people across Scotland have taken part in the national conversation about improving the health of the population and the future of health and social care services - launched by the Scottish Government in August.

Over 8,000 people have attended more than 150 'Creating a Healthier Scotland' events across the country to discuss and debate how future services should look and how people can be supported to live healthier lives.

In addition, over 1,200 people have provided direct feedback in a variety of ways including through email, Facebook, surveys and competitions.

The hashtag #healthierscotland was also used over 2,000 times on Twitter throughout October and November.

Health Secretary Shona Robison welcomed the figures and said the high levels of engagement reflected the importance people attach to their NHS and social care services.

Ms Robison said: "This national conversation aims to explore how we can make more progress in improving the health of the population, and how our NHS and social care systems should develop by 2030 to continue supporting everyone to live well.

"We want to know what really matters to people and their families when thinking about the future, and what support they need to lead healthier lives.

"Events have been held right around the country – from Stornoway and Shetland to inner city Glasgow – and we've also had great support from our partners in the NHS, social care and the third sector.

"Thousands of people have been involved so far and these great levels of engagement will ensure we're able to reflect the views of as many different people as possible as we take forward our plans for the future of health and care services in Scotland.

"People still have time to have their say and tell us what they think. The feedback is really valued and we want to hear from as many people as we can.

"I'm clear that, as far as possible, the outcomes of the national conversation are turned into a practical reality. This isn't about producing just another vision – we want to take these views and put them into practice as quickly as we can."

The 'Creating a Healthier Scotland' conversation focuses around three broad questions:

  • What support do we need in Scotland to live healthier lives?
  • What areas of health and social care matter most to you?
  • Thinking about the future of health and social care services, where should our focus be?

The public engagement phase of the Conversation will run until the end of January 2016, with the final out puts of the Conversation being published in early March. This will be used to inform the future direction of travel for health and social care from which a forward action plan can be developed.

Notes to editors

Find out more on the Creating Healthier Scotland website: http://healthier.scot/

Contribute to the debate via post and email, or by joining the discussion on our blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.

Postal address:

Healthier Scotland Conversation
St. Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Email address: healthierscotland@gov.uk