Submission on the relevance of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty to service planning for non-Covid healthcare, and considerations relevant to future pandemic planning

Submission to the Special Committee on Covid-19 Response on the ‘Overview of health system capacity for non-Covid Healthcare’.

In planning for the reopening of non-Covid health and related services, the Commission believes that it is essential that an explicit human rights and equality-based approach be adopted. Our brief submission on this matter outlines for the Committee the relevance of the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty in proactively planning services that respect and uphold the equality and human rights of both users and staff. Secondly, the Commission responds to the Commission’s request for considerations relevant to planning for future pandemics.

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