The Audit of Research on Minority Ethnic Issues in Scotland From a 'Race' Perspective, argues that the experiences and circumstances of minority ethnic groups in Scotland need to be considered if health and community care policy and research is to address their needs. Consideration of minority ethnic needs also needs to take into account differentials in age, faith groups and gender in order to avoid excluding particular vulnerable groups from accessing appropriate levels of service. In 2001, NHS Scotland published Fair for All, an analysis of how the NHS attempted to meet the needs of ethnic minority groups, which found that there was a lot of variation in how Health Boards and Trusts responded to the health and service needs of minority ethnic communities.
Issues relating to equality groups in this area, do, of course, have relevance beyond access to services and resources: the participation of different groups as employees and service providers is also important if we are thinking about evaluating services.
Department of Health
Lothian Health Services
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds