Analysis

Too many BME nurses – and men – being referred to the NMC, report reveals

Disproportionate numbers of nurses from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are referred to fitness to practise proceedings, according to new data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
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Disproportionate numbers of nurses from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds are referred to fitness to practise (FtP) proceedings, according to new data from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Of the 4,512 new referrals made to the regulator last year, 740 cases, or 16%, concerned nurses who were black or mixed race. Nurses from these ethnic backgrounds account for just 7% of registrants.

In contrast, nurses from white and Asian backgrounds were under-represented. Just under half of new cases lodged with the NMC concerned nurses who were white, despite 59% of people on the register being recorded as white. A total 2% of referrals were Asian nurses. Nurses with an Asian background represent 6% of the register.

The figures were revealed in the

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