New ‘anti-racism’ guidance has been shared ‘for white people’ working within the national health service in a blog post on an official NHS website.
The NHS Leadership Academy, which prepares staff to take steps into more senior roles within the organisation, shared guidance for employees including recommendations to read up on ‘white privilege’ and ready themselves for political discussions at work.
In five new tips published by Aishnine Benjamin, the head of equality, diversity and inclusion at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, white members of staff are told they should not be defensive and that ‘ignorance isn’t an excuse.’
Employees were also advised to listen to the lived experience of staff who come from an ethnic minority background, and to ‘work on your empathy’.
In a final word of ambiguous advice, staff are reminded to ‘be uncomfortable’.
But some MPs have slammed the advice as typical ‘woke nonsense’, and warned public funds should not be spent on concepts that ‘encourage division and resentment.’
Sir John Hayes, 63, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, says he will be writing to Health Secretary Sajid Javid to request he ‘investigate’ the advice, the Telegraph reports.