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Trusts to be inspected on race relations

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A Healthcare Commission review of race equality has found that only 35 out of 394 NHS trusts are fulfilling all of their duties.

The health watchdog will now inspect 40 trusts to check they are meeting the requirements of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

The act requires organisations to promote equality between different ethnicities and publish data, including details of race equality assessments, to show how they are complying with the law.

Jamie Rentoul, HCC head of strategy, said: ‘With 1.4 million workers, the NHS is one of the biggest employers in the world – almost 40% are from black and minority ethnic groups.

‘The aim is to encourage trusts to eliminate discrimination and promote equality for staff.’

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