“Isn’t racism a crime? …I felt like ethnic minority nurses were left to die”

An overseas nurse manager tells her story. Sixteen years ago, I arrived in the UK, an overseas nurse with dreams and aspirations. I was told you could be whatever you want from an inspirational leader and I held that very close to my heart. I was naïve when I came to the UK, it wasContinue reading ““Isn’t racism a crime? …I felt like ethnic minority nurses were left to die””

Don’t Tell Me Britain Isn’t Structurally Racist

Read Riel’s story. I have worked in the Middle East for 10 years, but because of my sexuality it proved to be difficult, so a good friend of mine encouraged me to apply as a nurse in the UK. I was hesitant because I lost £1000 to a fraudulent UK agency, when I applied someContinue reading “Don’t Tell Me Britain Isn’t Structurally Racist”

Racism Reporting Tool and Anti-Racist Framework

by Esther Akinpelu – Paediatric Emergency Nurse and member of Nurses of Colour. I am a children’s emergency nurse and I have been qualified for 11 years. My whole life has been shaped by racism and it is a continuous fight for equality. I have joined Nurses United because I believe there is power inContinue reading “Racism Reporting Tool and Anti-Racist Framework”

Empire, Colonisation, Slavery and Healthcare: why our Institutions need re-educating.

by Fatimah Mohamied – Midwife and editorial board member of ‘The Student Midwife Journal’, contributor of ‘all4maternity’ and contributor to the ‘Association of South Asian Midwives’. Midwifery is a profession that not only cares for the physical health of its clientele, but has also a deep and lasting impact on the mental and social healthContinue reading “Empire, Colonisation, Slavery and Healthcare: why our Institutions need re-educating.”

The government “does not know enough about the experience of frontline staff, particularly BAME staff”

In the cross-party Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report ‘COVID-19: Government procurement and supply of Personal Protective Equipment’, the PAC has  raised concern about the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff who were more likely to report being affected by PPE shortages and feel pressured to work without adequate protection. They said: ‘A third of BAME doctorsContinue reading “The government “does not know enough about the experience of frontline staff, particularly BAME staff””

Black nurses ‘petrified’ of being on front line of Covid second wave without proper protection

This article highlights the Equality 4 Black Nurses findings and is worth reading: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/black-nurses-petrified-of-being-on-front-line-of-covid-second-wave-without-proper-protection Please fill in our Nursing Narratives Survey here: NN Survey

The treatment of nurse Amin Abdullah was racist, and we need to call it out.

by Professor Anandi Ramamurthy, Sheffield Hallam University. Amin Abdullah, an award-winning nurse who had overcome odds in life died after setting himself alight following dismissal from Charing Cross Hospital in 2015. Not only was Amin unfairly treated, but excessive delays in the investigation of his case were unwarranted and impacted on his mental health. BeforeContinue reading “The treatment of nurse Amin Abdullah was racist, and we need to call it out.”

Has discrimination increased in the NHS?

Has discrimination increased in the NHS? by Anandi RamamurthyDiscrimination has increased in the NHS according to the 2019 WRES data. A 2020 survey of over 900 NHS workers in London found that women, Black ethnic minority staff, migrants, nurses and healthcare assistants were most at risk of discrimination and/or harassment at work. Experiencing either discriminationContinue reading “Has discrimination increased in the NHS?”