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Religion or belief  

photograph of dignitaries of various faiths

The Department is committed to recognising the needs of patients and staff of diverse religious groups, and to responding sensitively and appropriately to their needs. The NHS Plan, published in July 2000, signals that a key part of reforming the NHS and social services is the need to ensure the delivery of fair, appropriate and equitable access of services to all.

The NHS and social services must take account of the personal needs (such as religious, cultural and dietary requirements) of the multi-cultural and spiritually diverse communities it serves by ensuring that all services are delivered appropriately to all service users and staff.

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