Responding to the results of the latest NHS staff survey, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“Overall, these results are better than last year, but it is a disgrace that so many NHS staff face violence, bullying and harassment at work.
“Our BME staff are the worst affected and it is getting worse, with even more of them suffering as victims of violence this year than last. We have still not slain the dragon of discrimination, either – ethnic background remains the most common reason for acts of discrimination, and again the gap in the experience of violence of BME and white staff has widened. This is simply not acceptable.
“Today, the Secretary of State has rightly called out the violence against front line staff, for which there must be zero tolerance. We will continue to support our members, through the work of NHS Employers, to do everything they can to protect those who dedicate themselves every day to treat and care for patients.
“We will also continue the campaign to create a fairer healthcare system that recognises and supports all its staff and promotes equality and diversity – not least through the work of the BME Leadership Network and our Health and Care Women Leaders Network.”
Notes to editors:
Read all the NHS Staff Survey figures detail.
In 2018 15.9% of BME staff reported that they had experienced an incident of violence. By 2019 this had risen to 16.4%
By contrast 14.1% of white staff reported that they had experienced an incident of violence. By 2019 this had risen very slightly to 14.4%