NHS Greater Glasgow welcomes yesterday's announcement of additional funding to improve access to healthcare for the city's deprived communities.
Malcolm Chisholm, the Minister for Health and Community Care, announced that Greater Glasgow is to receive £4 million in 2004/05 and £8 million in 2005/06 specifically to address issues such as access to treatment for major diseases such as chronic heart disease, screening and disease prevention.
Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "This is good news for Greater Glasgow. The area's reputation for having one of the worst health records in Europe is well known and something the Health Service has been working hard to tackle. This money will help us continue the excellent work already in place and to develop new ways of helping improve the health of Glasgow's deprived communities. Improving the health of Greater Glasgow's most vulnerable people is a top priority for this Board."
NHS Greater Glasgow is already upping the ante on improving health in Greater Glasgow. In partnership with Glasgow City Council and the city's Universities, it is setting up the new Centre for Population Health to examine in closer detail the reasons why health isn't improving in Glasgow as fast as the rest of Scotland.
As well as trying to understand better what creates health in a city, the new Centre will work on new ways to narrow the health gap between Glaswegians and the rest of Scotland.
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