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Deep concern over BME report

10 Apr 2017

The RCN is ‘deeply concerned’ by further evidence of the devastating impact of racism in the workplace.

Nurse looking sad while another looks on

Responding to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) research which showed a disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic (BME) nurses and midwives undergoing the fitness to practise process, the RCN’s Director of Membership Relations Chris Cox said: “It’s clear that BME nurses and midwives experience severe and persistent disadvantage in the workplace at a point where the shortage of qualified health professionals becomes more acute.”

He called for urgent, decisive and intelligent action on the part of employers to robustly tackle any form of racism, bias and unfairness in their systems and processes. 

Chris promised the RCN would continue to work with the NMC and other agencies to find ways to tackle and eliminate racism across all forms of health care and health care regulatory processes.