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Staff survey: Increase in BME staff facing abuse and bullying

Bullying, harassment and abuse of black and minority ethnic NHS staff by patients increased in 2019 – while other measures of race equality improved slightly – according to the latest NHS staff survey.


Disabled staff face more bullying and unfair treatment

Disabled NHS staff are more likely to suffer bullying, harassment and abuse and feel they are not treated fairly — although their experience is improving — new data has revealed.


Exclusive: Discrimination against BME staff getting worse, finds NHSE report

Black and minority ethnic staff in the NHS are suffering from increasing levels of bullying, harassment and abuse, according to new data exclusively revealed by HSJ.


CCG vows to address NHS’ ‘worst’ gender pay gap

A clinical commissioning group that pays men almost twice as much as women has said it will take steps to address its gender pay gap.

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All but two health systems now have an independent chair

Almost every health system now has an independent chair in place or are actively recruiting to the post, HSJ analysis shows.


Trusts warn against ‘unfunded’ pay commitment ‘burden’

Trusts have warned they should not be “burdened with unfunded commitments” on pay and conditions, and said they “would welcome” talks on another multiyear NHS pay deal.

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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.


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.


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.


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.