NHS adopts positive discrimination to end white bias at the top

NHS is planning to fast-track black and Asian managers into senior positions to
counter a white bias at the top levels of the service, reports the Guardian.

Nigel Crisp, NHS chief executive, is asking 500 chief executives of hospitals
and primary care trusts to mentor ethnic minority staff in every NHS
organisation in England.

has circulated a 10-point action programme to the chief executives without
making any public announcements, says the report. It includes steps to make
race equality one of the core objectives of the NHS.

NHS has previously been criticised by the British Medical Association for
promoting people on the basis of "who they know as much as what they

By Mike Berry

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