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New NHS equality and diversity report published

2 June, 2016

New NHS equality and diversity report published

A report by the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) has revealed that more black and minority ethnic (BME) staff than white staff report harassment, abuse or bullying by colleagues or managers.

The results of the report by the NHS Equality and Diversity Council indicate the experiences of staff from every NHS trust across England and were recorded as part of the 2015 staff survey.

However, this is the first time the WRES data has been collected and published nationally.

RCM employment relations advisor Amy Leversidge said: ‘These findings are shocking and most concerning. They really show that we must tackle discrimination within the NHS as a matter of urgency and every effort must be made to find out why this is happening.

‘This report adds to very similar RCM findings that were recently published and launched at the TUC Black Workers conference in London in April. At that time, our survey results showed that BME midwives were disproportionately more likely to face disciplinary proceedings.

‘The RCM is doing all it can to highlight and address these workplace inequalities and this year RCM's annual debate aims to tackle workplace discrimination experienced by BME midwives and other maternity staff.

‘Discrimination in the NHS must be tackled immediately and stopped. The NHS needs to make sure that staff are treated fairly and equitably. We need the NHS to provide a truly inclusive service and have an NHS that treats all service users with respect, dignity and compassion.

‘Investment in NHS staff is an investment in NHS care; investing in a diverse NHS workforce allows the NHS to deliver a more inclusive service and improve care for service users. This is an important element in providing the best, high-quality care for all women and their babies and families.'

The new WRES report can be viewed here.

The RCM’s 2016 Annual Debate: Are the snowy white peaks in the NHS too high to climb? will tackle workplace discrimination experienced by BME midwives and other maternity staff. More information is available here.

 

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