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Our Legal Duties to Our Patients

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has Legal Duties to our patients.  These include:

The Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011

A guide for NHS staff and providers of NHS services This outlines the principles of good patient care in law. The Act details what patients in Scotland have a right to expect of their health services. Patients will have a legal right to give feedback on their experience of healthcare and treatment and to provide comments, or raise concerns or complaints.

For details go to:

www.legislation.gov.uk/asp/2011/5/contents

Equality Act 2010 – HIV as a protected characteristic

A person diagnosed with HIV is considered to have a disability under the Equality Act 2010. This means they are protected under law from discrimination or unfavourable treatment because of their disability. This responsibility is towards our staff as well as our service users.

NHSGGC have an obligation to treat patients with respect and not to discriminate or treat them differently because of their HIV status. NHSGGC also has a duty to promote equality, raise awareness of the healthcare and support needs of patients who have HIV. This starts with staff treating our service users with respect and not making assumptions about them.

For more information about NHSGGC responsibilities around the Equality Act, challenging discrimination in health, and finding out about training go to:

www.equalitiesinhealth.org