Inequalities and Discrimination in Access to Healthcare Conference

Date:  Nov 15, 2013

Time: 9.30-4.30

Location: C219-20

This event saw the launch of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency funded report, ‘Inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to and quality of healthcare. March 2013’

The project was commissioned in order to gain a better understanding of the particular vulnerabilities of persons at the intersection of ethnic origin, age and gender in access to health care. The research covers the analysis of existing literature and statistical evidence about inequalities in access to health care, including the legal context and a mapping of policy initiatives in the five EU Member States and at the EU level. The report looks at how ‘multiple’ discrimination is addressed legally and examines relevant case law with a special focus on healthcare. The findings will contribute to discussions on the adoption of the proposed EU legislation that would extend equal protection against discrimination on age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation to all fields, including healthcare. They will also improve understanding of how discrimination is experienced and addressed in policy making, and through complaints procedures.

This event explored some of the key emerging issues:

  • Human rights and equality legislation
  • Barriers to access of health care services
  • Experiences of discrimination in healthcare
  • The ways in which health professionals address the care needs of persons belonging to vulnerable groups.

Speaker Biographies

FRA factsheet

UK factsheet 

Links to current projects:


9.30-10.00       Registration and coffee/tea

10.00-10.30     Introduction to FRA project – Inequalities, Discrimination and Access to Healthcare

Professor Eleonore Kofman, Co-Director Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), Middlesex University

10.30-11.30     Human rights and equality legislation in tackling discrimination

                        Chair, Professor Louise Ryan

Alice Donald, Senior Research Fellow, School of Law, Middlesex University

Alison Millar, Leigh Day Solicitors

Erica Howard, Reader in Law, Middlesex University

Handout: Human Rights And Health – Legal Frameworks 

11.30-11.45     Refreshments

11.45-12.30     What do we know statistically?

Chair, Dominic Pasura, Research Fellow SPRC

                        Alessio D’Angelo, Senior Lecturer Social Sciences SPRC, Middlesex University

12.30-13.30     Lunch

1.30-2.45         Barriers to access and experiences of discrimination

                        Chair, Alice Donald

Intellectual Disability – Dreenagh Lyle

Reproductive Health – Dr Elena Vacchelli, Research Fellow SPRC, Middlesex University

Older People – Dr Mary Tilki, Chair, Federation of Irish Societies

2.45-3.00         Refreshments

3.00-4.30         The Development of good practices at local levels

Chair, Professor Mark Johnson Professor of Diversity in Health & Social Care, Mary Seacole Research Centre / CEEHD, De Montfort University Leicester

Roger Hallam, Trustee Enfield Racial Equality Council

Listening, Learning, Changing: The review of the patient pathway for gender reassignment – Voirrey Manson, Equality and Human Rights Adviser to NHS Wales

Dr Rupesh Shah, Borough Director Social Action for Health (SAfH)

Practical approaches to human rights in health and social care – Mark Wright , Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)


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