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Evidence of discrimination against BME nurses revealed

Black and Asian nurses and midwives are being disproportionately referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) by their employers, according to a new report.
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Black and Asian staff are being disproportionately referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) by their employers, according to a new report .

University of Greenwich researchers responded to an advert by the profession's regulator that offered funding for an investigation into its fitness-to-practise (FtP) processes amid concerns about the treatment of NHS staff with black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds.

They found a strong link between ethnicity and the risk of being referred to the NMC, as well as evidence showing that black and Asian nurses and midwives are far more likely to advance further along the FtP process than white staff.

Lead researcher and former charge nurse

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