There need to be more BME nurses at senior level

In 2002, figures showed that of the 400 directors of nursing in the NHS only three were from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds.

In 2002, figures from the NHS Modernisation Agency showed that of the 400 directors of nursing in the NHS only three were from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds.

As shocking as this sounds, it pales in comparison to the situation ten years on; to my knowledge, there are now just two executive directors of nursing in the NHS from BME backgrounds.

This is untenable. How can we live in a multicultural society delivering care to an increasingly diverse population, yet have so little in the way of visible difference at the top of NHS organisations?

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