Equality, Diversity and Discrimination in a Health and Social Care Setting

Diversity – diversity basically means difference. Diversity is when some people have things in common with each other, but at the same time everybody is different and unique. Diversity can include thing such as; religion, sexuality, gender, disability, race, class and age. IN a health and social care setting these should be respected because that is their right to be treated equal as others. For example, in a doctor’s ward the doctor would have to keep the same quality of care to an old, wheelchair-bound woman as he would to a young healthy man. This is because everybody has the right to be treated as equals.  
Equality - equality means treating people in a way that is appropriate for their specific needs. For example if an old woman has trouble getting up the stairs at a doctors ward, then that doctors ward would have to acquire to her need by getting somebody to help her, or by getting a ramp installed so she can has access o the doctors ward more efficiently. This will show her equality because she is being made to feel like she is being taken care of and her needs are being seen to in a manner that is easy for her.
Discrimination – discrimination is when people get treated unfairly because of a certain diversity that will put them at a point where they can be discriminated against, although this will not be their fault. For example if a young black man came into a doctors ward and the doctor/nurse/receptionist refused to see him because of his skin colour, then they would be discriminating him. This is because they are refusing to give him equality based on his diversity.