The unvarnished truth about race discrimination in the NHS
The first report of the Workforce Race Equality Standard has set a baseline for all NHS trusts in England, exposing disparities in the treatment of black and white staff. In the best performing organisations, staff and managers are working together and achieving real progress
When NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens launched the first report of the NHS Workforce Equality Standard in June, he described the findings as unvarnished feedback to every hospital and trust about the experiences of their black and minority ethnic staff. The findings, based on the 2015 staff survey, reveal that in most NHS organisations there remains a painfully wide gap between the rhetoric on equal opportunities and the reality.
In three quarters of acute trusts BME staff were more likely than...
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