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Fatalistic attitudes towards health must be tackled

A report by a group of Scottish MPs has found that people in the poorest areas expected to suffer from health problems such as heart disease. John Middleton, Vice President for Policy at the Faculty of Public Health, said:

"It is shocking that people in some parts of Scotland expect such poor health. We have known for a long time that where and how we live has a direct impact on our health. This research adds to the existing evidence that poor health and poverty are connected.

"Research published recently found that the chances of Scottish men of having good health have decreased over the past ten years.  Indeed, the worsening economic conditions faced across the UK could led to worsening health, especially for poorer people in the UK.

"It is vital that public health expertise is embedded in the health and social care systems across the UK, so we can ensure that everyone has access to the services they need – and we must address fatalistic attitudes that can prevent people from enjoying good health.”

Written: 26/09/2012 , last modified: 08/01/2013