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Health Inequalities

This Cross-party group's purpose:

The group aims to raise awareness of the causes of health inequalities amongst parliamentarians to influence legislation and amongst policy makers to promote evidence based actions which reduce health inequalities and to avoid legislation and policies which will make health inequalities in Scotland worse.

Next meeting

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Cross Party Group on Health Inequalities June Meeting

1-2.30pm, Wednesday 14 June 2023

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh or Online

Racialised Health Inequalities

This meeting will be chaired by co-convenor Paul O’Kane MSP and will explore the topic of Racialised Health Inequalities. We will explore the extent of health inequalities faced by different ethnic minority groups and the difference between race, racism and racialisation.

 Our guest speaker:

Melanie Weldon, Head of the Racialised Health Inequalities in Health and Social Care Team, Scottish Government.

Book a place here.

 Anyone wishing to attend either meeting must contact Lauren Blair.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Lauren Blair


Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Emma Harper


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Paul O'Kane


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

Brian Whittle


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Bob Doris


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn (Constituency)

Carol Mochan


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)


Voluntary Health Scotland – Secretary

Age Scotland

Asthma + Lung UK Scotland

Alcohol Focus Scotland 

ASH Scotland

Audit Scotland


Befriending Networks 

Big Lottery Fund

Breast Cancer Now

British Dental Association Scotland 

British Dietetic Association (BDA) 

British Medical Association

British Liver Trust

British Red Cross

Cancer Card

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Support Scotland 

Care Inspectorate

Centre for Health Policy, University of Strathclyde


Changing Faces

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

Children's Health Scotland

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland: CHAS 

Church of Scotland 

Community Leisure UK

Community Pharmacy Scotland

Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum (CJVSF)

Culture Counts 

Cycling Scotland

Cycling UK

Deaf Links Tayside

Diabetes UK

Energy Action Scotland

Energy Savings Trust 

Eden Project Communities

Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership 

Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC)

Faith in Older People

Family Fund Scotland

Families Outside 

Food Train

Genetic Alliance

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (The ALLIANCE) 

HIV Scotland

Home start

Improvement Service

Inspiring Scotland 


Kidney Care UK 

Kidney Research UK

LGBT Health and Wellbeing


Macmillan Cancer Support 

Margaret Blackwood Housing Association 

Marie Curie

Salvesen Mindroom Centre 

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

Nourish Scotland 


Obesity Action Scotland 

Pancreatic Cancer Action Scotland


Paths for All

Positive Help

Positive Steps

Public Health Scotland

Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland 

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Rowan Alba

Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland

Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of Nursing 

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 

Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) Scotland 

Royal Pharmaceutical Society



Scotland Versus Arthritis

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

Scottish Men's Sheds Association

Scottish Obesity Alliance

Scottish Rural Health Partnership



Shared Lives Plus 

Shelter Scotland

Simon Community Scotland

St Andrew’s First Aid 

Stroke Association 

Terrence Higgins Trust 

The Global Health Policy Unit, University of Edinburgh 

The Health Agency 

The Open University

The People's Health Movement Scotland


VOX Scotland Voices of Experience

Waverley Care