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NHS: Discrimination

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether National Health Service human resources policies require a member of staff responsible for acts of race discrimination or harassment of other staff to be subject to disciplinary proceedings. [HL5839]

Disciplinary and grievance issues are dealt with at a local level in line with local policies and procedures. The department would expect National Health Service organisations to adhere to best practice in human resources and to comply with legal requirements.

NHS Employers represents trusts in England on workforce issues and provides advice and guidance on a variety of employment matters.

The following link to their website refers to model policy guidance on bullying and harassment and includes reference to racial harassment: www.nhsemployers.org/practice/practice-906.cfm.