(2) what advice her Department has given to primary care trusts on how to consult and engage with stakeholders in meeting the requirements of the gender equality duty required by the Equality Act 2006; and if she will make a statement;
(3) what target outcomes her Department has set for primary care trusts to achieve as required by the gender equality duty in the Equality Act 2006; and if she will make a statement;
(4) what (a) advice, (b) support, (c) funding and (d) training her Department has made available to primary care trusts to meet the requirements of the gender equality duty in the Equality Act 2006; and if she will make a statement.
The Department published a single equality scheme in December 2006 incorporating specific gender actions and has established a gender advisory group to advise the Department and act as a stakeholder forum when developing policy. The scheme will be further developed and refined in the light of comments received with a view to publishing an updated version in spring 2007.
It is for individual national health service bodies to satisfy themselves that they comply with the requirements of the Equality Act. However, to assist them in doing so the Department is producing ‘Creating a Gender Equality Scheme: A practical guide for the NHS’ which will be published in the next few weeks and which includes specific guidance on consultation and involvement of stakeholders. The Department is also supporting the NHS to implement current and emerging public sector equality duties by working with 18 different NHS organisations to develop their own single equality schemes. The learning and development of good practice from this project will be disseminated throughout the NHS.