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S5W-17409: Annie Wells (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what information it has regarding how many times NHS staff have faced (a) gender-based, (b) racial and (c) other forms of discrimination in each of the last five years, also broken down by how many times the alleged perpetrator was another NHS employee.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 10 July 2018

This information is not held centrally, the formal recording of any incident of discrimination is a matter for NHS Scotland health boards. The welfare of NHS Staff is absolutely paramount and we expect all health boards to take any reported incidents seriously.

The Scottish Government has taken a number of steps to embed a healthy organisational culture across NHS Scotland, in which staff can bring their whole selves to work. The NHS Scotland Staff Governance Standard commits all boards to ensuring that staff are treated fairly and consistently, with dignity and respect, in an environment where diversity is valued; NHS Scotland Boards report annually on local activity supporting the implementation of the Staff Governance Standard. Additionally, national staff experience measures, which all NHS Scotland staff are invited to participate in, allow staff to anonymously indicate whether they are routinely treated with fairness, consistency, dignity and respect in the workplace.