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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;

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

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.