Equality and diversity

Ruth Sealy

Slow progress on gender balance for NHS boards

Achieving an even gender balance on NHS organisations’ boards by 2020 is now a “much harder task” than it was a year ago, as only a quarter of providers have so far met the target.


CCGs split on IVF policy

Eight clinical commissioning groups which were meant to work together under a single accountable officer are split on one of their first major commissioning decisions.

Stephen barclay

Government says 'unacceptable' pay gaps must be eliminated by 2028

The NHS has 10 years to boost the diversity of its senior leadership, health minister Stephen Barclay has announced today.

sam allen

Gender balanced boards ‘good for safety’

Gender-balanced boards at NHS organisations result in “better care and safer care”, according to the leader of the Health and Care Women’s Leaders Network.

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CCGs asked to pump extra £2m into wheelchair contract

Clinical commissioning groups in Kent are being asked to find at least an extra £2m for a service which is leaving people waiting months for wheelchairs.

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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

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NHS trusts face widespread vacancies at board level

More than a third of NHS trusts had at least one board level vacancy last year with more than half of directors in post for less than three years, according to new research.

Purse wallet pay

Gender pay gaps revealed at NHS arm's length bodies

The gender pay gaps at the NHS arm’s length bodies have been revealed in new data published by the government.

Simon Stevens

Stevens: Health inequalities will be addressed in new NHS plan

Simon Stevens has said addressing health inequality should be addressed in the upcoming long term plan for health and care.

Paula Vasco-Knight

Former trust chief ordered to repay £11,000 after conviction

A former hospital chief executive has been ordered to repay around £11,000 to the NHS or go to prison.

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DHSC admits it was wrong to block vaccine compensation

The government has conceded it unlawfully prevented adults from receiving compensation if they developed complications after having a seasonal flu vaccine.

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Trusts urged to take 'just culture' approach to investigations

NHS Improvement has published a “just culture” guide to help NHS trusts make decisions following an incident of patient harm.

St Mary's Hospital Isle of Wight

The trusts in each area with most staff reporting bullying

A national and regional breakdown of results for acute trusts by the percentage of staff reporting experiencing harassment, bullying or abuse from other staff in last 12 months, in the NHS staff survey 2017.

Freedom to Speak Up

BME staff confidence benefits patient experience, officials told

Patients are more likely to have a good experience if a trust’s black and minority ethnic staff feel secure in raising concerns, according to the academic who led an NHS England study.

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Revealed: Trusts performing worst against race equality target

Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust was the worst trust in England for racial bias in its formal disciplinary process last financial year.

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Data reveals lack of progress in reducing race discrimination in NHS

The NHS has seen a slight improvement in how black and minority ethnic staff are treated compared to white colleagues since 2016 but the latest data stills shows there is “much, much more work to do”.


Exclusive: NHS England BME staff report widespread bullying

More than half of the respondents to a survey completed by NHS England’s  black and minority ethnic staff claimed to have been bullied by their line manager HSJ can reveal.

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Department of Health gender pay gap revealed

Women working at the Department of Health earn up to 14 per cent less than men an hour – despite women making up two-thirds of its workforce.

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Consultant accused of sexual harassment barred from returning to hospital trust

A hospital consultant has been barred from returning to work at his trust over claims of sexual harassment, despite winning his claim for unfair dismissal.

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Concerns as mixed sex ward breaches more than double

The number of mixed sex ward breaches more than doubled over the last two years, prompting concerns from senior NHS managers about care quality and patient dignity.