NHS welcomes improvements for race equality in health service

Amber Rudd has written to NHS leaders to guarantee the rights of EU citizens working in the NHS.

After the European Council agreement, the Home Office announced it guarantees the rights of EU citizens working in the NHS.

The news comes after the NHS England’s Chief Executive Simon Stevens welcomed signs of progress in tackling discrimination. Mr Stevens did acknowledge however that there is “hard work still ahead” in improving equality for all its workers.

His comments came after NHS’s latest annual report into race equality. The audit provides a complete assessment of the experience of NHS employees from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. It also includes whether they have equal access to career opportunities and receive fair treatment at work.

The 2017 Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) shows an increase in senior nursing and midwifery posts being filled BME staff. Crucially, there has been a rise in senior BME leaders.

In a joint statement with NHS heads of departments, including Professor Sir Bruce Keogh and Professor Jane Cummings, Mr Stevens said:

‘The NHS has always benefited from committed, and talented health staff both trained here in Britain and who have chosen to work here from abroad.

EU nationals form an integral and vital part of the health and care family, and your skills and compassionate care directly benefit patients, families and communities.

We are pleased that the Government has ensured that EU citizens living lawfully in the UK will be able to stay and enjoy broadly the same rights and benefits as they do now and welcome the Home Secretary’s letter to the NHS to confirm this.

Your vital contribution to our work together will continue and is greatly appreciated by all those we care for.’

TNT Health

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