Surprised? NHSreality is surprised that the bullying is not much higher!
Patient care is suffering because ethnic minority NHS staff are so fed up with routine discrimination and bullying, an official report has warned.
Health service data revealed that ethnic minority staff in the NHS were 56 per cent more likely to be disciplined than their white counterparts. More than a quarter said they had been bullied by their colleagues in the past year, with one in seven saying their boss had discriminated against them.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said that “no one should yet be comfortable or satisfied with what these figures show”. He ordered the health service to do more to harness the skills of minority staff, who make up almost one in five of the health service’s 1.2 million staff, but just one in 15 of top managers.
An official report on race equality in the NHS asked for data from all hospitals and local trusts and analysed data from the staff survey of more than 400,000 workers, which defined race by skin colour alone, with many foreign staff counted as white.
Yvonne Coghill, who oversaw the project, said: “We are concerned because if you have a more engaged workforce it improves patient care.”