425 trusts were surveyed. 420 responded.

98 per cent had a general policy statement covering equal opportunities.

90 per cent collected information on job applicants. A minority collected data on promotion, redundancy, dismissals or training.

30 per cent set forecasts or goals for women, 25 per cent for ethnic minorities, 13 per cent for disabled people.

57 per cent produced an annual report on equal opportunities, 40 per cent had a monitoring group, 36 per cent monitored the take-up of equal opportunities initiatives.

25 per cent said the board attached high priority to equal opportunities issues, 58 per cent said they were medium priority and 13 per cent said low priority. Two trusts said 'none'.