GMB Calls On Brighton And Sussex University Hospitals Trust To Follow Its Own Policies And Procedures Dealing With Complaints Of Racist Behaviour
Chief Exec Matthew Kershaw has to lead from the front to ensure that the Trust policy of unequivocal opposition to incidences of racism within the Trust is followed and properly implemented says GMB.
GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, is calling on senior managers at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust to instruct all managers dealing with complaints of racist behaviour across it’s locations to follow the Trust’s own policies and proper procedures for dealing with such issues.
Gary Palmer, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB is making this call following a case where an ethnic minority member of the GMB was taken into a room by a white Hospital Trust manager, shown a picture of a chimpanzee and asked "what do you think of this". Not only is this behaviour humiliating and abusive but racist. Following an internal hearing, the Hospital Trust concluded that the managers’ behaviour was not racist in intention.
This incident followed another example of racial abuse when a white manager was reinstated following a bout racial swearing.
These incidents show that the Trust is not following its own policies and procedures which require all managers to challenge racial abuse and not to tolerate in any way a culture of racial discrimination.
There can be no tolerance of racist incidents or behaviour such as the caricaturing a black GMB member as a monkey or the re-employing of a member of staff who was found to have racially abused an ethnic minority colleague.
Chief Exec Matthew Kershaw has to lead from the front to ensure that the Trust policy of unequivocal opposition to the incidences of racism within the Trust is followed and properly implemented.
GMB is seeking to meet Matthew Kershaw to draw to his attention the failure of his managers to deal properly with incidents of racism and for him to insist on zero tolerance of racism in a service dedicated to the delivery of health care to the people of Brighton and Sussex.”
Contact: Gary Palmer, GMB Organiser on 07552 165950 or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977518042 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880