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NHS: Race and Equality

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government which NHS organisations in the south east coast region have not met their obligations under the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Equality Act 2006. [HL532]

The department has been informed by the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority (SHA) that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has served three trusts in its region with compliance notices: NHS Surrey, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust and Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust. These notices set out the steps that need to be taken to meet requirements under the Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) Order 2001.

The SHA has assured the department that it is working positively with the ERHC to help all trusts in its region to achieve and maintain compliance with equality legislation.