More to be done to support equality and diversity

25 June 2019

Responding to the report published by the General Medical Council on the disproportionate referrals of BAME doctors to fitness to practise processes, the director of policy and strategy of NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin, said:

“At the heart of the NHS’ core values are respect and dignity, compassion and inclusion. We know that there is strong evidence linking a diverse workforce and good patient care and it is also important that the NHS has an engaged and inclusive leadership which reflects the diversity of its workforce and of its local population.

“These findings are therefore troubling, and show just how important it is that we invest in support for equality and diversity across the health and care sector.

Trusts are already working hard to ensure staff are treated fairly and with the respect they deserve, for example by introducing initiatives to improve culture and staff engagement, but there is clearly more to be done.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“Trusts are already working hard to ensure staff are treated fairly and with the respect they deserve, for example by introducing initiatives to improve culture and staff engagement, but there is clearly more to be done. This consistent, high-quality leadership is a crucial element for improvement in these areas.

This report helpfully provides practical recommendations to reduce disproportionality in fitness to practise referrals and to remove barriers to opportunities for BAME staff.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“This report helpfully provides practical recommendations to reduce disproportionality in fitness to practise referrals and to remove barriers to opportunities for BAME staff. The report also highlights the need to do more to learn from incidents and to continue to tackle the blame culture in the NHS more generally.”

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