New report shows welcome progress but much more to do to deliver racial equality in the NHS

 

 

NHS England has published its 2016 annual data report on NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard.

The report finds:

 

Responding to the NHS workforce race equality standard report, the director of strategy and policy at NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“We welcome this important report on race equality and diversity – it shows that progress is being made, with many NHS trusts developing good practice which is helping to deliver results for staff, patients and the public.

“However, we acknowledge that more can be done. Diversity in the workforce is not only a moral obligation, but also leads to better productivity, better staff morale and in turn better care for patients and the public. This report will help to ensure that race equality and diversity remain a key part of addressing the wider challenges faced by the NHS.

Diversity in the workforce is not only a moral obligation, but also leads to better productivity, better staff morale and in turn better care for patients and the public.

“The report once again shows that black and minority ethnic staff remain significantly more likely to suffer discrimination from colleagues and managers, and remain less likely to be appointed from shortlisting than white candidates. This is an area the NHS needs to continue to make progress in.

“We are pleased that other parts of the health service are applying the Workforce Race Equality Standard guidelines to their organisations and have published those findings. Local organisations need support from national bodies to share this best practice and deliver solutions which benefit the whole service.”

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