Mental health 11/02/2013 at 15:38

Improving Equality of Healthcare In The UK

equality-and-diversity_YHEA007_NHS-PhotoThe Equality Act of 2010 combined different laws from the past into one all-encompassing edict. The law makes it unfair to discriminate in the UK based on 9 different characteristics. Unfortunately, research has documented that there are inequalities in the distribution of health care by gender, ethnicity, age, social class and more. This is something that the Equality Act of 2010 is trying to overcome.

Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different people based upon different characteristics especially on the grounds of race, age or gender. Discrimination can be especially troublesome in the area of health care because health care is something that every person needs from time to time. The access to good healthcare is important for everyone.
Discrimination can be direct, for example, refusing fertility services to a homosexual couple because they are gay, or indirect, such as applying a rule to the entire population which negatively affects a certain portion of that population more. An example of indirect discrimination may be a rule that covers everyone that people cannot wear hats or headgear in a health care center which indirectly discriminates against those who may wear headgear for religious purposes, such as Muslims.

The Equality Act of 2010 covers these health and social care services.
All NHS providers, such as hospitals
All NHS commissioners, such as GP practices
individuals who support elderly and disabled people in their homes
Care in residential or nursing home or daycare centers
Foster children or those caring for children who are not their own
It is irrelevant to the law as to whether the service is provided by a public authority or an independent provider, the law against discrimination is the same.

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