Hospital staff have complained to the Equality and Human Rights Commission after a woman in labour demanded an all-white team to deliver her baby.
The woman was not booked in to have the baby, but it was delivered safely, although not by an all-white nursing team.
The hospital began its own internal investigation and it has now been reported to Equality and Human Rights Commission, which received complaints from hospital staff about the incident and how it was dealt with.
Navrita Atwal of Milton Keynes Equality Council said: “I’m absolutely surprised by the circumstances of this case. What if there had not been a white doctor available? What would have happened then? I think the hospital staff should go through relevant training about how to think on their feet when this situation arises.”
A spokeswoman for the hospital said: “There is an ongoing investigation, which commenced after the incident occurred, relating to medical complications and because some staff expressed concern about the potential for racial discrimination, should such demands be raised by patients in the future.
“We take the interests and well-being of our staff very seriously and any act of racial discrimination will not be tolerated.
“Discrimination and prejudice, whether from patients, visitors or staff is unacceptable, and this is a message that we will continue to communicate internally and externally.”
A Department of Health spokesperson said: “All staff and patients should be treated with respect at all times and not be subjected to discrimination or harassment on any grounds.
“We expect all parts of the NHS to adhere to this principle and are seeking urgent clarification from the trust.”