Laws and Legislations which promote anti-discriminatory practice
Laws and Legislations are in place to promote equality, they apply to everyone and by law every individual must abide by these rules. The purpose of laws and legislations is that every individual is protected by them as others may discriminate against them and by putting these laws in place then it reduces the amount of discriminations and promotes equality. Just like any other setting, laws and legislations apply to hospitals as well. They are vital in a hospital setting as it can affect many factors in the hospital from the way nurses work to how data within computer systems are protected. In this report, I will be explaining how laws and legislations affect hospital setting and how they can bring positive reinforcement into a hospital setting.
Age Discrimination Act 2006
The Age Discrimination Act states that it is prohibited for employers and others to discriminate against an individual on the grounds of their age. This act protects all individuals of all ages against this kind of discrimination. An example this type of discrimination is an experienced and successful senior nurse who is only 40 is fired because the NHS board feel that she is becoming too old for the job and think that someone a few years younger maybe more preferable, so they decide to fire the senior nurse. This is indirect discrimination, where the individual is unaware that they were discriminate against because of their age. The NHS board did not take in to account the senior nurse’s skill, experience or how well she could cope with the job. All they took into account was her age. This act prevents discrimination as if the NHS board followed the rules of the age discrimination act then they would not have fired her based on her age and they would have kept her as a nurse.
Care Standards Act 2000
The Care Standards Act conditions that a high level of standards have to be met in all care settings such as care homes, hospitals or schools to certify that the individual is being provided with proper care. The standards states that facilities, procedures and arrangements must be correctly in position when needed to ensure that is delivery is of a high standard service. This act protects all who are using the service and those who are working to provide the services. An example that arise is that in an elderly ward in the hospital if an individual has passed away then nurses must give an adequate amount of privacy so that others in the care home is able to grieve effectively so that no negative mental thoughts are left that could cause the individual grieving to cause harm to themselves. This prevents discrimination because the nurses is allowing the individual to privacy and is not using their use of power to take away his right to privacy.
Data Protection Act 1998
The Data Protection Act states that all information that is processed must be processed fairly and unlawfully. The information held must be...