– Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland,
"Health inequalities are long-standing and entrenched in Scotland.
"Tackling this has been a priority for successive governments but most indicators show the problem remains substantial.
"Across the country, there are particular areas of poverty where people have higher healthcare needs. Resources should be better targeted at those who require them most."
The distribution of GPs in Scotland does not reflect the higher levels of poor health and greater need in poor areas, a report has found.