The locally-established targets included persuading more people to quit smoking, reducing heart-related deaths, and improving waiting times across a variety of fields.
Labour’s health spokeswoman in Edinburgh, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “In the end it can actually cost more money because if people’s health gets worse, that will be more expensive to treat in the long run.”
TOOTH DECAY FIGURES RAISE A SMILE
RECORD numbers of Scots schoolchildren are free from dental decay, new figures revealed today.
A report on children’s dental health showed the Scottish Government has surpassed the target of having 60 per cent of primary seven pupils without any obvious sign of tooth decay.
Across the country, 64 per cent of youngsters leaving primary school were found to have healthy teeth.
Five years ago, the figure was just 52.9 per cent.
Minister for public health Shona Robison announced the findings and said: “Dental health in Scotland is improving and this is a trend that we want to continue.”
Labour’s health spokeswoman in Edinburgh, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said expenses will be more in the long run if health of people gets worse.