NHS Confederation responds to Steve Barclay letter on EDI roles

Matthew Taylor responds to a letter to ICB chairs from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on equality, diversity and inclusion roles

20 October 2023

Responding to a letter from the health secretary Steve Barclay to the chairs of England's integrated care boards, which requests that NHS organisations stop recruiting equality, diversity and inclusion roles, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the NHS Confederation said: 

“We clearly need to do more to assist Mr Barclay's understanding of the contribution that a focus on equality and diversity makes to our staff and patients.  We know, for example, that staff recruited from overseas need specific support and assistance.  The government's commitment to employ 50,000 more nurse has seen 15% of all nurses working in the UK come from elsewhere in the world.”