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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21000: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how the NHS educates its staff at all levels regarding LGBT issues and discrimination.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 29 January 2019

All NHS Scotland Health Boards are required to deliver mandatory equalities training to all staff, which includes LGBT issues and discrimination as outlined in the Equality Act. Guidance is available to Boards on how to develop training and what should be included, with regards to both rights and responsibilities. Our national partnership between Stonewall Scotland and NHS Scotland is supporting health boards to ensure that the workforce has the skills and knowledge of LGBT issues in the health service. Improvements to how the NHS educates its staff is underpinned by our commitment to deliver a continuously improving safe working environment, in which staff are treated consistently and fairly with dignity and respect, in an environment where diversity is valued.