Preparing for Emergencies- Guidance For Health Boards in Scotland

The document provides strategic guidance for Health Board Chief Executives and NHS Senior Managers on fulfilling their obligations under the Civil Contingencies 2004 and other key legislation underpinning emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

2. The Public Sector Equality Duty

2.1 The public sector equality duty (known as the 'General Duty') covers protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation and marriage and civil partnerships. It requires public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:

Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other prohibited conduct;

Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not; and

Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.


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