NHS trusts fail to publish race equality information required by law

Just one per cent of NHS trusts are complying with 2002 requirements to publish comprehensive race equality information on their websites, the Healthcare Commission said today.

A survey of the 570 trusts’ websites by the commission found that just seven had published all the information required under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

This includes their race equality scheme, an action plan on the issue, employment monitoring statistics and the outcome of race equality impact assessments.

Thirty one per cent had published none of the information.

The regulator has written to all trusts warning that the worst offenders could be penalised in the annual performance ratings, and passed its findings to the Commission for Racial Equality, which has the power to prosecute non-compliant bodies.

Carol Baxter, head of equality and diversity at NHS Employers, admitted there was a “lot of work to be done”.



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