8% of NHS workers have experienced discrimination from patients, relatives or other members of the public while at work, survey reveals

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14th April 2022 19:55 - Health

8% of NHS workers have experienced discrimination from patients, relatives or members of the public while at work: The 2021 National NHS Staff Survey has uncovered that that just under 8% of the NHS staff members polled experienced discrimination in the workplace over the last 12 months; with this figure rising to 19% for 'BAME' (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) staff. Both are increases on the survey performed in 2020.

The NHS study questioned almost 600,000 members of staff throughout 2021, in order to illicit more about the experiences had in their workplace. It was also found that over 9% of those surveyed had experienced discrimination from their managers or colleagues in the last year.

When asked about the progression of their career, over 55% felt they had the same equal opportunites as their colleagues. On the other hand, just 44% of 'BAME' members of staff said they feel that their ethnicity, background, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability has had no impact on their career progression opportunities.

The poll also looked at relationships between colleagues, finding that 69% felt valued by their team, with 64% saying they had a strong bond with their team. However, those working in ambulance trust teams were less likely to state that they felt valued by their colleagues.

Although many workers stated that they feel valued in their profession, almost a third (31%) said that they often think about leaving the NHS, with a further 23% saying they will probably look for another job in the next year. Both the number of people considering leaving the organisation and the number of people that will 'probably' look for a new job are at a four-year-high, according to the polling.

When looking at why so many people are contemplating leaving the NHS, almost three-quarters (73%) said there simply are not enough staff to enable them do their job properly; with just 43% able to meet the required working times.

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