Departmental Equality

Health written question – answered on 9th March 2009.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Health Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) role and (b) objectives are of each of his Department's equality champions.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (Care Services; Minister for the East Midlands), Department of Health

The Department currently has four director general level equality champions as follows:

Race—Permanent Secretary, Hugh Taylor;

Disability—Chief Nursing Officer, Dame Christine Beasley;

Gender—Director-General Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, David Behan; and

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender—Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson.

Their role is to provide leadership and support to staff and staff groups within the Department around each of the equality challenges listed, including speaking at staff events and providing mentoring and advice as necessary.

The Department is currently reviewing and strengthening all of its equalities and human rights functions; this will include functions that focus on the wider health and social care system as well those that look to support staff within the Department.

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