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General duties

Our general duties under the Equalities Act 2010 show us how we can ensure that we use equality considerations in our day to day duties to make a fairer society for our staff, patients, visitors and the public.

We are required to:

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

To do this we should:

  • Remove or minimise disadvantages experienced by people due to their protected characteristics
  • Take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people
  • Encourage people with protected characteristics to participate in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low

Meeting this duty may involve treating some people more favourably than others, as long as this does not go against other rules within the Act.