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Equal Opportunities

EqualOpportunities/ Anti-Discrimination (SERVICE PROVISION) Policy


Introduction


The term ‘visitor’ used below refers to anyone (including patients and their family members,other visitors and contractors ) making use of the Practice’s premises and services (except employees for whom the Equal Opportunities/Anti-Discrimination (Employment) Policy [*] applies).


The Practice:


·    will ensure that all visitors aretreated with dignity and respect


·    will promote equality of opportunity between men and women


·    will not tolerate any discrimination or perceived discrimination against, or harassment of, any visitor for reason of age, sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief


·    will provide the same treatment and services (including the ability to register with the Practice) to any visitor irrespective of age, sex, marital status, pregnancy,race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief




The practice actively promotes and supports the ethos and the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.


Applicability


This Policy applies to the general public, including all patients and their families, visitors and contractors.


Procedure


1.   Discrimination by the Practice or Visitors / patients against you


  If you feel discriminated against:



  • you should bring the matter to the attention of the Practice Manager

  • the Practice Manager will investigate the matter thoroughly and confidentially within three working days

  • the Practice Manager will then establish the facts and decide whether discrimination has taken place and advise you of the outcome of the investigation within ten working days


If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you should raise a formal complaint through the Practice’s Complaints Procedure.


2.  Discrimination against the Practice’s staff


The Practice will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment of our staff by any visitor. Any visitor, who expresses any form of discrimination against, or harassment of, any member of our staff, will be required to leave the Practice’s premises forthwith. If the visitor is a patient, he/she may be removed from the Practice’s list if any such behaviour occurs on more than one occasion.



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