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Too hot to handle?

Updated: Feb 28

I have collaborated with equalities charity brap on 'Too Hot to Handle?', a report looking at why concerns about racism in the NHS are not acted on. The report shows the health service is still falling short in tackling race discrimination. The report argues there is a culture of avoidance, defensiveness, and minimization of racism within NHS trusts.

'Too Hot to Handle?' brings together key learning from:

  • a number of significant tribunal cases; and

  • survey responses from over 1,300 NHS staff

to explore how healthcare organisations respond to allegations of racism.

Responses to the report

A number of organisations in the health sector have responded to 'Too Hot to Handle?'.

  • The RCN is a membership organisation of over half a million registered nurses, midwives, health care assistants and nursing students. Read their response.

  • NHS Providers is the membership organisation for the NHS hospital, mental health, community and ambulance services that treat patients and service users in the NHS. Read their response.

  • The National Guardians Office leads, trains and supports a network of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians. Read their response.


Coverage of 'Too Hot to Handle?' in the media:

  • 'Trusts risk ‘Obama effect’ after diversifying boards', Health Sector Journal. Link

  • 'Report investigates racism in the NHS', Health Business. Link

  • 'Racism: Too Hot To Handle', BMJ Leader. Link

  • 'NHS organisations must “get a grip” on racism, says report', The British Medical Journal. Link

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