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Race equality failing are 'badge of shame'

24 Apr 2017

Race equality failings are ‘badge of shame’, say RCN London

After the latest workforce race equality standards report found:
  • Nurses in London from BME backgrounds are twice as likely to face disciplinary action than white colleagues
  • White colleagues are twice as likely to be appointed from a shortlist as those from BME backgrounds.
  • London had the highest percentage of BME nursing staff experiencing harassment, bullying and abuse from both patients and colleagues.
  • Only 11% of senior managers in the NHS in London are from BME backgrounds.

RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue has responded, saying:

“The latest findings should be a badge of shame for the NHS in London. Despite being the most ethnically diverse region in the country, our NHS providers in the capital perform the worst when it comes to race equality.

“It is time that the NHS and the wider health and social care sectors addressed the systematic and institutional racism that is blighting the personal and professional lives of our dedicated BME nursing staff. Behind these figures are people that are harassed, bullied, disciplined and denied opportunities in the workplace that are open to others -  unfortunately, too many organisations still do not take the matter of race discrimination seriously enough. 

“RCN London now wants to see real, concrete steps being taken to tackle the issue. It is no longer acceptable to sweep these failures under the carpet. All nursing staff deserve the right to work free of discrimination and employers must start delivering on that principle.”

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