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Health Services: Disadvantaged

Health written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Michael Dugher Michael Dugher Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of his proposals for health reforms on people experiencing social exclusion.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The equality analysis for the Health and Social Care Bill assesses the equality impact of the reforms set out in the Bill, and considers several factors that can contribute to social exclusion. In carrying out this analysis the Department considered the impact in relation to age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; race and ethnicity; religion and belief; sex; sexual orientation and socio-economic status.

The equality analysis can be found on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsLegislation/DH_123583

Separate equality analyses and equality impact assessments have been produced for other aspects of the NHS White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’, including an initial equality impact assessment on patient choice published alongside the consultation document ‘Greater choice and control’, and an initial list of equality opportunities and concerns published alongside a summary of the responses received to the ‘Information Revolution’ consultation.

An equality impact assessment was also carried out on the Public Health White Paper, ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’, published on 30 November 2010.

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