Scotland throws off 'sick man of Europe' tag

Successful public health interventions mean Scotland should no longer be regarded as the ‘sick man of Europe’, the country’s chief medical officer said yesterday.

Dr Harry Burns

In his annual report, Dr Harry Burns admitted that health inequalities were not being reduced fast enough for the poorest sections of Scottish society.

But health improvements led by teams including health visitors were at the forefront of ‘leading edge’ schemes improving the nation’s health, he said.

‘Scotland’s health is not the poorest in Europe. It is improving rapidly,’ Dr Burns said.

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