How does the public sector Equality Duty apply to the NHS?

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How does the public sector Equality Duty apply to the NHS?

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The Equality Duty was created by the Equality Act 2010 and replaced the race, disability and gender equality duties. It came into force in April 2011 and covers age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation. It applies to all public sector bodies in England, Scotland and Wales.

The duty has two parts: the general duty and the specific duties.

The general Equality Duty is set out in s.149 of the Equality Act. In summary, those subject to the general Equality Duty must have due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation

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