Peer Research Project – The Right To Health

What do you mean I have a right to health?

Whilst the health of people in Scotland continues to improve, health inequalities persist. To reduce health inequalities we need to act across a range of public policy areas to tackle economic and social inequalities alongside actions with a specific focus on disadvantaged groups and deprived areas. Recognising this and the importance of empowering the people affected by health inequalities to find solutions to them, participatory research on health and human rights with marginalised groups was commissioned by the action group and funded by NHS Health Scotland.

The research was undertaken in partnership with the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, the Health and Social Care Academy, Glasgow Homelessness Network,  the Mental Health Foundation and NHS Heath Scotland. The project builds on the work of Scotland’s National Action Plan on Human Rights (SNAP) and will inform the work of the health and social care action group.

Between December 2015 and January 2016, 34 people who had experience of homelessness and 49 women with the status of refugees or asylum seekers took part in the research in Glasgow, 83 people in total. They were asked to think about what the right to health meant to them, and to reflect on their past experiences of services and health issues.

Download the research report ‘What do you mean I have a right to health?‘.