NHS managers urged to stamp out discrimination

Speaking at the Managers in Partnership Annual Conference in London, Stevens reminded organisations about the new Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) that is due out next April, saying it would provide the impetus and accountability needed to make improvements.

His comments follow new analysis from The King’s Fund assessing staff experience at work in 2014.

The report, entitled ‘Making the difference: diversity and inclusion in the NHS’, found wide variation in discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and disability status across the country.

The highest levels of discrimination were observed in ambulance trusts, and black employees were the most likely to face racial discrimination, while all other non-white groups were far more likely to report experiencing discrimination than white employees.

Muslims were found to be the most likely to face discrimination due to faith and disabled staff reported very high levels of discrimination, the highest among all the protected characteristics groups.

Stevens said: “By introducing a new workforce race equality standard, we have chosen to hold up a mirror to the NHS each year to ask how it looks and feels to the people devoting their professional lives to looking after patients and the communities we serve.

“Today’s new report paints an important picture of what is happening. It represents a call to action for everyone in the NHS.”

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