Mental health 07/01/2013 at 15:39

Equality, Respect And Dignity

oldEveryone of us requires healthcare at different times of our lives. It is just a fact of life that we will at some point need to visit a doctor, a dentist or even receive treatment in a hospital or medical facility. All of us need to have fair and equitable access to healthcare regardless of who we are or our station in life.

Whether you need to visit a doctor for something minor or visit a hospital for something serious, it is important for all of us that we are able to feel comfortable and safe in our time of need. Each and every one of us deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Each and every one of us deserve to not be discriminated against based on our background, circumstances or characteristics.

Discrimination has been prevalent in many different areas of social life in the past. People of different races, people with different religious beliefs, people with different sexual orientations, even people who are old have been discriminated against at different times. Whether you are young or old, black, white or Asian, a man or a woman, gay or straight, transsexual or transgender, no matter who you are, you deserve to have the opportunity for equal treatment in the healthcare and mental health care industries.

The Equality Act of 2010 set forth a requirement that each and every patient should be treated as an individual with respect and dignity. The law requires that all NHS organizations make sure that the health and social care services that are offered by their agency are fair and meet the needs of every single potential patient, regardless of their diversity, their background, situation or circumstances.

Anti-discrimination is a basic human right that applies to everyone.