Health Professions: Racial Discrimination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th July 2022.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendation in the British Medical Association’s report entitled, Delivering Racial Equality in Medicine, what steps his Department is taking to help improve the complaints procedure for incidents of workplace racism in medical settings.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to improve the complaints procedure for incidents of workplace racism in medical settings, as recommended in the British Medical Association’s report entitled Delivering racial equality in medicine, published in June 2022.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Formal complaints procedures are conducted at individual National Health Service trust and provider level. Through the NHS People Plan, NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a training programme for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians to improve understanding of inequality experienced by ethnic minority staff and to seek their views.

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