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Discrimination within the NHS

Hello there,

I am currently studying my Access to Nursing studies and for an assignment I must gain some primary research. I am doing an assignment on the Anti Discriminatory Practice and how this relates to provision of healthcare in the NHS. Please, if you have a minute any information would be very much appreciated. I am going to throw a few questions into the air and any that may catch your eye I would really appreciate some feedback.

Have you experienced any discrimination whilst using the NHS services? Was this direct or indirect?

Or have you witnessed any?

Have you ever been refused a certain treatment because of a protected characteristic?

Have you always been treated with respect, dignity and compassion?

Thankyou very much!


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Hi Charlotte - what is a "protected characteristic" - it sounds a bit jargonish!

Good luck with your survey.

BW - John


I agree with John whats a protected characteristic?


I agree with others can you be more specific as to what you mean by a protected characteristic ? I could give you many examples of discrimination within the NHS, cases of victimization, failings in the area of dignity, respect and compassion. One of the biggest areas of indirect discrimination is within the treatment of chronic long term illnesses . Sorry but I don't feel this research should be conducted on a public site as it may contain details of personal medical experiences.


You can send private messages in HU.


I found this:

Discrimination based on Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion and belief, Sex (man or a woman) and Sexual orientation


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Speak to "carers together". They might be able to answer some of your questions or tell you where to get answers. They may be cagey because people who provide information not to the liking of the NHS get discriminated against when grants are handed out.


is their website.

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I work in an IAPT service and we prioritise mothers with a child under the age of 1, but not fathers.

Also I don't think older people are offered home visits except in extreme cases. A lot of IAPT services don't offer home visits at all.

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