2023-01-24 21:36:48

NHS racism shame: One in three Black and minority ethnic staff face discrimination or bullying

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The Independent
By Rebecca Thomas

A third of Black and ethnic minority health staff have suffered racism or bullying as the NHS fails to address systemic levels of discrimination, The Independent can reveal.

Levels of bullying and harassment of minority workers have not improved in the past five years with almost 30 per cent saying they have been targeted in the past year, compared to 20 per cent of white staff.

Despite being one-quarter of the workforce, minority ethnic staff make up just 10 per cent of the most senior positions, the NHSs flagship report is set to reveal.

One nurse told The Independent she was forced to leave her job following a campaign of bullying, while another, who has left for the private sector, said her mental health was hugely impacted by the discrimination she experienced.

Equality for Black Nurses, a membership organisation founded by Neomi Bennett in 2020, has launched 200 cases of alleged racism against a number of NHS trusts since it was set up.

Racism is driving nurses out of the NHS, Ms Bennett, told The Independent, warning that this issue had reached pandemic levels.

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