These days there is a whole host of information that we can access about the NHS workforce. This comes from a variety of routes including the Trust’s staff survey results and data published in response to the equality legislative requirements.
A few weeks ago, I discovered that if you look carefully at the figures of the top Teaching Hospitals in London, you’ll see that you’re more likely to be disciplined if you are a BME member of staff, working in a lower-paid job.
But why should this be the case? And why is it happening in more than one NHS Trust? So far, I’ve only focussed on the larger Inner-London Hospitals, and I wonder if this is a nation-wide issue?
And what are the links to Bullying? In a number of these Trusts, more BME staff are likely to report that they are being bullied. There’s no way of determining if these are the same staff that have been subject to disciplinary procedures…..but there question is still there to be answered.
Over the next few months I’ll be looking into why this is the case, and what Trusts can do about it. In the meantime, I would be grateful for any comments or suggestions on this topic.