Far more to do to make sure women are treated fairly in NHS workplace

Danny Mortimer, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, comments on the BMA's Sexism In Medicine report.

26 August 2021

Commenting on the findings of the BMA's Sexism In Medicine report, Danny Mortimer, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation and chief executive of NHS Employers, said: "NHS organisations are working hard to make sure their staff do not experience sexism, or indeed, any form of discrimination, and Amanda Pritchard’s recent appointment signals a more representative leadership. But as this report makes clear, there is far more work to be done.
"At the NHS Confederation, our own research through our Health and Care Women Leaders Network has found women working across the NHS may not feel sufficiently able to share personal concerns with managers and may experience discrimination and bullying, and that women from BME backgrounds especially may not be able to progress in their careers in an equitable way.
"We support the Women Leaders Network call for national NHS and professional leaders to develop a Women’s Health Strategy specifically for the NHS workforce, to ensure issues such as those identified by this survey from the BMA are decisively tackled, so that women can work in safe and fair workplaces."