Diversity Equality and Rights in health and social care
For this assignment I will need a clear understanding of the concepts of EDR in relation to health and social care and discriminatory practice.
For this task I have to explain and show my understanding of the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in health and social care.
Having equality, diversity and rights in health and social care is very important for both service users and staff, as EDR enforces all health and social care to accept, respect, to give equal opportunity to all staff and service users as well as equal rights for all persons.
Diversity is accepting and respecting all people’s differences, opinions and beliefs. It means embracing what is different and value and respects those people’s differences. According to stretch and Whitehouse 2010:45 diversity means recognising everyone is different and their differences are valued and respected. For example it would not be equal treatment to provide two different patients with information about the services available written in English, if one of those patients spoke another language and could not understand English.
Staff in care settings must value diversity, and not give favourable treatment to certain groups of people at the expense of those whom they hold prejudices against.
Equality is to be equal in all opportunities, status and especially in rights. This is so everyone from any background, religion, sexual orientation or ethical origin has equal opportunities in everyday life. According to Stretch and Whitehouse 2010:54 equality means fairness and justice, in the health care sector this entitles treating everyone as they have equal access to any service when needed with a high-quality care they deserve no matter how they choose to live their life. By law every organisation must have equal opportunities policy that all employees can see. For example if a patient came into the hospital who was...