HC Deb 08 September 2003 vol 410 cc255-6W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action his Department is taking to tackle racial harassment in NHS workplaces; [127358]

(2) what steps he is taking to eradicate racism in the NHS. [127734]

Mr. Hutton

Linked to improving working lives we have the national positively diverse programme to support employers in working towards eradicating racism in the national health service.

One hundred and seventy NHS organisations are taking part in the national programme, with 10 lead sites exploring, developing and disseminating practical ways of managing diversity in the NHS for the benefit of both staff and users of the service in the health care work force.

The development of black and minority ethnic networks at local (trust) and regional levels has also been actively encouraged with seed funding being provided by the Department of Health.

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