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The Right to Health

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The Right to Health

Health inequalities provide us with one of our most significant challenges as a society. Since October 2013 our organisation, COPE Scotland, alongside the Glasgow Homelessness Network, has supported three flash poverty surveys analysing responses from local people. People shared their experiences of inequality and what that meant for them, their families and their lives.

pdfThe Right to Health: Health Inequalities in Scotland 20152.17 MB

 The results of the surveys are stark. We heard from people across the west of Glasgow who have been forced to cut back on leisure, entertainment and getting together with friends and family and as a result they felt angry, embarrassed and that they lacked control over their own lives. Many people reported that this had a significant impact on their mental health. A third of people in one survey shared they had no one to talk to or rely on. 27% shared they didn’t feel they had good health or health care or anything in their life which made them feel happy.

Our partnerships with organisations including the ALLIANCE, the Royal College of Nursing and the Queens Nursing Institute Scotland prove crosssector commitments to work together with communities across Scotland can make a difference.


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