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NHS: Religion

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the guidance being developed by NHS Employers on dress codes and religion or belief. (125422)

[holding answer 5 March 2007]: After discussion with the Department and national health service trusts, NHS Employers has decided that given that each trust comprises a work force unique to it, reflecting its local communities, national guidance is inappropriate and the way forward is to share best practice where like trusts can learn from each other.

NHS Trusts have indicated to NHS Employers that they would like access to evidence and best practice from other parts of the NHS so that they can learn from others when developing their own local dress code policies. NHS Employers is currently pulling together a number of good practice examples, which it will make available on its website.