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This Act of Scottish Parliament brings forward legislation to reform the National Health Service by introducing provisions in relation to the dissolution of NHS Trusts; establishing Community Health Partnerships; placing a duty on Health Boards to co-operate with each other; extending Ministerial powers to intervene to secure the quality of healthcare services; placing a duty on Health Boards and Special Health Boards to involve the public in the planning, development and operation of health services; and placing a duty on the Scottish Ministers and Health Boards to take action to promote h

Four in five paid carers are women, because of gender norms and also the gender pay gap which makes it more costly for men to reduce employment hours. However, as more women move into other employment, the sector is struggling to recruit and retain staff. Susan Himmelweit from the Open University and Hilary Land from the University of Bristol examine what can be done to attract enough carers to meet society's increasing care needs.

Report arguing that the social care system in England suffers from a number of flaws such as lack of clarity, complexity and unfairness. It puts forward the idea of a constitution for social care which would ensure a system based on a clear set of principles setting out exactly what users can expect from the system and what they might contribute in return.

This resource is part of BBC 4's Woman's Hour website. It is a timeline of women's history. Each decade from 1900 to 1999 is represented and includes a list of key events for each decade.

Users can click on a key event to find out more about what happened and can also select the LISTEN icons to hear interviews and special archive content about the period.

Report presenting the results of work to produce healthy life expectancy estimates for Scotland. Data was taken from the Scottish subset of the General Household Survey and the Scottish Household Survey and compared with estimates from the 2001 Census to determine whether these surveys would be suitable for monitoring healthy life expectancy on a regular basis.

Paper reporting on the proceedings of a conference on the impact ten years of devolution has had on the problems of poverty and inequality in Scotland. The report records the views of the main speakers and contains the recommendations coming out of the conference.

Report presenting an historical analysis of the development of race related training and the findings of a survey of race equality training in mental health services in England. It concludes there is a need for a more strategic approach to this training which includes national standards which govern both the nature of training and the selection of training providers.

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is an independent charity based in London which raises awareness and understanding about the importance of human rights. It works for disadvantaged and vulnerable communities in the UK, seeking to ensure that the principles of equality, dignity and respect are incorporated into practice and policy at all levels of public service. The website includes details of programmes, events and training as well as FAQs and external web links.

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is an independent body established in April 2000 by Act of Parliament to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.

The Runnymede Trust aims to promote a successful multi-ethnic Britain - a Britain where citizens and communities feel valued, enjoy equal opportunities to develop their talents, lead fulfilling lives and accept collective responsibility, all in the spirit of civic friendship, shared identity and a common sense of belonging. They also act as a bridge-builder between various minority ethnic communities and policy-makers.