Date lodged: 18 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the call by BMA Scotland for the NHS to publish details of racism against its staff.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 28 February 2019
Racism of any form is unacceptable. The Scottish Government expects NHS Boards to ensure that reported incidents are taken seriously and fully investigated, in line with existing national and local policies covering employee conduct and bullying & harassment. In accordance with the Embracing Equality, Diversity and Human Rights PIN policy, individual NHS Scotland health boards also have a responsibility to carry out local monitoring and action planning, in order to reduce inequalities in the workplace, promote tolerance and minimise inappropriate behaviour related to a protected characteristic.
All health boards in Scotland report bi-annually on how they are working to tackle discrimination in the workplace. We are continuously looking to improve our approach to staff experience to better understand and respond to discrimination issues, through our staff governance monitoring processes. In doing so, we are actively working with NHS Scotland Health Boards Equality and Diversity Leads to consider how we can improve our monitoring processes .