Diversity figures paint mixed picture as efforts to stamp out discrimination and bullying continue

14 February 2020

Responding to the latest WRES data, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers Saffron Cordery said:

“Although there has been steady and meaningful progress over recent years these figures still paint a mixed picture. There is evidence that diverse leadership can positively impact patient care so it is encouraging that we have seen some increase in diversity on NHS boards, but overall the experiences of BME staff in contrast to other staff members shows we have much further to go.

“Positive steps have been made but we must continue to invest in support for equality and diversity across the health and care system to ensure that this trend continues. The data shines a light on what needs to be done. However it is up to NHS leaders - collectively and individually - to commit to shifting the culture of organisations. This includes creating a more inclusive leadership which reflects the diversity of local populations and the NHS workforce.

Positive steps have been made but we must continue to invest in support for equality and diversity across the health and care system to ensure that this trend continues.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

“It is unacceptable that instances of bullying and harassment and discrimination continue to score more highly among BME staff. Trusts must continue in their efforts to ensure that all staff are treated fairly and with respect, and to stamp out discrimination and bullying. Staff will look to those in leadership positions to ensure that this happens.”

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