Trusts are making slow progress in promoting race equality, says Healthcare Commission

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1357
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    Many NHS trusts in England are still failing to meet minimum statutory standards on race equality, concludes the health services watchdog, the Healthcare Commission, in a report published this week.

    A breach of the legislation will count against trusts in their annual health check, the commission warns, in one of its last acts before being subsumed into the new Quality Care Commission on 1 April.

    “NHS trusts must take immediate action to address any shortfalls in meeting their legal duties,” the report says. “Strategic health authorities and Monitor should hold NHS trusts to account for their whole approach to race equality.”

    Latest estimates from the Office of National Statistics show that …

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