England: protect staff from prejudice, says race observatory

23 July 2021

Healthcare leaders and employers must ensure staff are protected from all forms of racism, discrimination, bias or prejudice, says the NHS Race and Health Observatory (NHSRHO).

Along with three regulators, it says that healthcare employment policies and processes need to be fair, inclusive and in line with the 2010 Equality Act.

NHSRHO director Habib Naqvi said the body would identify and tackle structural inequalities that lead to differential experience and outcomes for the workforce and patients.

‘The Observatory operates by shining a light on discriminatory policies and practices, and by gathering evidence that supports healthcare organisations to progress in a way that eradicates, rather than exacerbates, inequality.’

NMC chief executive Andrea Sutcliffe said it is determined to play a ‘significant part’ in becoming a better and fairer regulator.

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