Equality and diversity

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Lib Dems pledge extra £7bn a year for health funded by tax rise

The Liberal Democrats have set out their manifesto pledges on the health and social care system, which they say “are in a state of crisis”.

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HSJ’s acute trust of the year succeeds due to stellar staff satisfaction

The winner of the acute trust of the year category at this year’s HSJ Awards has the most satisfied staff in the country.

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Say ‘no’ to racist patients - Hancock tells NHS staff

Patients who ask to be treated by a white doctor should be told ’no’, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has told NHS staff.

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NHSX job advert pulled after criticism it excluded BME candidates

NHSX has removed a job advert for a senior IT role after it was criticised for excluding people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

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'Bullying and harassment' at trusts to be targeted by NHSE regional teams

Cultural issues within NHS trusts will be monitored by NHS England’s regional teams under its new single oversight framework.

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Single women IVF ban will be reviewed

South east London commissioners have pledged to carry out a “rapid review” of their policy to deny IVF treatment to single women.

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CCG axes IVF despite minister branding decision “not acceptable”

A heavily indebted CCG is to end funding for almost all IVF treatment, despite being told by a government minister that the move was “not acceptable”.

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Just one STP chair or executive lead has a BME background

There is only one person with a black or minority ethnic background among all the executive leads and chairs of sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems, according to HSJ analysis.

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Chief people officer: Prioritise NHS staff for mental healthcare

The NHS’ chief people officer has said NHS staff should be prioritised for receiving mental healthcare because of the “stressful” nature of the job.

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NHS has ‘institutional problem’ with treatment of BAME doctors

The disproportionate number of black, Asian and minority ethnic doctors referred to the General Medical Council is an “institutional problem” and “widespread” in the NHS, the chief executive of the regulator has said.

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Trust and union lock horns after £1m tribunal

A trust chief executive and a union secretary are locked in a war of words over the trust’s handling of an employment tribunal and the fate of its workforce director.

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Judge berates NHS Professionals and trust for 'appalling' conduct

An employment judge has branded NHS Professionals and a trust “appalling” for their failure to conclude a disciplinary case for nearly three years.

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Enhanced pay for junior doctors taking shared parental leave

Junior doctors taking shared parental leave will have their pay enhanced above the statutory rate from Monday, the British Medical Association has announced in a positive first outcome from the 2016 contract review.

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Emergency college appoints first female president

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has elected a new president just as the debate around the future of the four-hour waiting time standard reaches a critical point.

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No substitute for graduate nurses – Stevens

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has said there is “no substitute” for graduate nurses and “we have got to see a meaningful expansion” of training places.

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Ombudsman discriminated against dyslexic employee

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman may have to pay damages to a dyslexic former employee after a tribunal decided it had discriminated against a disabled worker.

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Staff survey analysis: Trusts with the highest and lowest levels of discrimination

The annual staff survey has shown a steady increase in discrimination since 2015. Below is a breakdown of the trusts with the highest and lowest percentages of staff experiencing discrimination at work in the last 12 months, comparing 2017 to 2018.

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DHSC reduces gender pay gap

The difference between men and women’s hourly pay at the Department of Health and Social Care and its executive agencies has fallen by almost 3 percentage points.

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Training needed to stop patient risk from AI and robots - review

The NHS needs to drastically boost its ability to asses new digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genomics, or risk entrenching health inequities and harming patients, according to a government review.

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Just one trust has 50pc BME board share

Only one trust has as many black and minority ethnic board members as white, and 96 trusts say they have no BME board directors at all, new data has revealed.