The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has recently released a new report, entitled 'The Performance of the Health Sector in Meeting Public Sector Equality Duties.' This report examines performance on the former race, disability and gender equality duties by Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts in England. These duties were replaced by the new public sector equality duty in April 2011.
The research found that although progress was made on delivering the race, disability and gender equality duties, significant work still needs to be done by health bodies to ensure that their efforts lead to identifiable changes to health outcomes for different groups.
The report is accompanied by a policy paper with recommendations as to how health bodies can meet their obligations under the new equality duty. Effective implementation of the new duty can assist healthcare providers in reducing health inequalities, creating a more effective workforce, and improving the life chances and wellbeing of millions of people in the UK.
Taken from: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/advice-and-guidance/public-sector-equality-duty/research-and-policy-papers-on-the-duty/#The_performance_of_the_health_sector_in_meeting_the_Public_Sector_Equality_Duties