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Describe ways of reflecting on and challenging discrimination issues in health and social care

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Task 1 - Describe Ways of Reflecting on and Challenging Discriminatory Issues in Health and Social Care There will always be ethical issues in healthcare, below are 5 issues that can cause conflict between staff and patients. Rights of one patient will clash with the rights of another A patient has the right to watch TV or listen to the radio, while the patient in the next bed has the right the right to an undisturbed sleep the rights of these two patients clash. By providing earphones could help resolve this. If patients share a room one wants the door propped open and the other one doesn't although this is a clash of rights the rights of the patient who wanted the door closed would outweigh the other as propping open doors is a fire risk. However the patients could be offered a single room and the patient who wanted the door open could have electro-magnetic device fitted to their bedroom door which would make the door close in the event of a fire .In my placement my mentor discussed this with me he said he had to challenge the home he worked in to provide this as these devices cost a lot of money. ...read more.

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Discriminatory issues in healthcare such as racism have brought about various pieces of legislation, such as, Race Equality Act and Human Rights Act. Below are 5 discriminatory issues that have caused dilemmas for staff and patients, and how these issues have been challenged. Cultural Values If a Jewish person came onto a ward for treatment it is important that the hospital providers kosher meals, so that their cultural values are met, the hospital may not be able to provide this ,this would be discrimination the staff would have to think of ways to address this ,could a private company bring this in ,would the hospital allow the family to bring in food to abide by the law the hospital has to show that they have taken all reasonable steps to reduce discriminatory practice. Safety and Protection During my work placement at the psychiatric wards in the Mater hospital, a polish man was admitted onto the ward. During his stay he refused any treatment and food for 3 weeks, he only had a small amount of water each day. Health care professionals find it hard to let this happen but it is the patients right to deny treatment. ...read more.

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Ethnic minorities have had to deal with discrimination in health care for many years, especially in mental health, a study showed that black men are 6 times more likely to be detained than white men. A new policy in England was brought in called Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care, this was brought in to stop health professionals treating and diagnosing black patients improperly. This piece of legislation came about because of the unnecessary death of David Bennett a black man who was a patient in a mental health ward in Norwich. David Bennett was diagnosed as schizophrenic, and died when being brutally restrained by staff. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4390383.stm Reference: Class Handouts All nursing staff will now go through Race Equality Training in a bid to cut out racism and discrimination against ethnic minorities in healthcare. Staff will learn about cultural differences and how patients should be diagnosed, treated and managed. I feel that with all these laws and staff training, anti-discriminatory should be a thing of the past, however there will always be small-minded people in all walks of life and in healthcare. At least things are moving forward in healthcare as these discriminatory issues are being challenged and during my time on my work placement there was no sign of racism or discriminatory practice, which is a positive step towards equality in healthcare. ...read more.

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