NHS chief berates lack of ethnic diversity at board level

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3470
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London, UK

The new head of the NHS has told NHS boards that they must become more ethnically diverse. Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said diversity in leadership, far from improving, may even have been “going backwards.”

He said 41% of NHS staff in London came from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, which broadly reflected the local communities.

But individuals from these groups made up only 8% of trust board directors, and two fifths of London trust boards had no BME directors. He said similar patterns were evident in other parts of the country 10 years since the launch of the NHS race equality plan.

“That …

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