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Racist abuse in the NHS: ignoring it doesn’t make it go away

When black or minority ethnic nurses are insulted and degraded by patients, managers prefer us not to make a fuss – but why should we suffer in silence?

When black or minority ethnic nurses are insulted and degraded by patients, managers prefer us not to make a fuss – but why should we suffer in silence?

In my experience, when you report racism from patients in the NHS you become persona non grata.

I have been a mental health nurse for more than 25 years and have been on the receiving end of racism from patients my entire career. Patients have called me racially abusive names such as black gorilla, n****r, black Sambo, golliwog, monkey, Chicken George, and I have been told ‘go back to your own country’. It is an issue that refuses to go away.

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