The Equality Act 2010 provides a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance opportunity for all. There are 9 protected characteristics which makes it against the law to discriminate against someone because of; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has a legal obligation to pay due regard to meet the need to;
These three elements are referred to as the three ‘needs’ of the general equality duty.
Stephanie Kirkham, Equalities and Fairer Scotland Lead and Dr Janaka Jayawickrama Associate Professor of Health and Wellbeing, University of York have jointly wrote a strategic discussion paper in order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on Equalities and Mental Health.
The Strategic Discussion Paper – Crises as Growth and Opportunities- Understanding Equalities in Mental Health and Wellbeing During and After COVID 19 is the full paper.