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General practice funding will help tack health inequalities, says RCGP Scotland

Well-funded general practice could make a big difference to health inequalities in Scotland, argues the Royal College of GPs, as part of its wider campaign to increase GP funding.

According to the World Health Organisation, a distance of only eight miles can mean a reduced lifespan of 28 years. Health inequalities – differences in morbidity, life expectancy and access to health care – have risen to the forefront of the global healthcare agenda. General practice has a central role in addressing both the causes and the consequences of health inequalities in the UK, the RCGP claims.