Trust leaders working hard to stamp out 'abhorrent' racism

28 June 2024

Responding to fresh concerns raised by the NHS Race and Health Observatory today about racism towards maternity patients, after several cases have come to light, Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive at NHS Providers said: 

"Racism is abhorrent and wrong. Every patient, regardless of their ethnicity, deserves to receive safe, respectful and equitable care.

"Trust leaders are committed to addressing disparities and, to that end, are implementing measures to prevent and respond to discriminatory behaviours.

"Maternity services face a number of challenges including an increase in the complexity of cases, significant workforce gaps and persistent health inequalities. Maternal mortality rates for black women and those living in the most deprived areas are also worryingly high.

"Trust leaders continue to work hard with staff to stamp out racism and improve equality in healthcare helping ensure a safe and supportive environment for all patients.

"National support for initiatives focusing on training, education, and cultural competency is also crucial."