• Race discrimination is a serious risk to patient experience

    Posted on 15 Apr 2014 in Staff College News

    A growing amount of evidence shows that little progress is being made on improving diversity at the top of the NHS – and this is compromising patient care. While the proportion of nurses who are BME has risen since 2003, the proportion of BME nurse managers has fallen. By every single measure, as students or trainees, until retirement or dismissal, from recruitment to promotion, from discretionary pay to disciplinary action, from access to development opportunities in referrals to regulatory bodies, NHS black and minority ethnic staff are treated less favourably than other NHS staff. Moreover, despite innumerable “initiatives”, the talent of over one in six of the workforce is wasted.

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