This report is part summary of a one-day conference held in London on 6 November 2006, just five months before the gender duty was due to become law, to see how this will impact on the services the NHS provides to patients. The event was the first to look at the impact of the gender equality duties on the planning and delivery of health services.
One key finding emerging from the conference was that gender equality is not a competition between men and women. While initiatives to reach men specifically – health checks in barber’s shops for example – may well help, the gender duty is more than just that. It’s about embedding the concept of gender equality – as with race equality, or eliminating age discrimination – deep into the heart of the NHS. It is about considering the needs of both women and men across the board.