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QE chief executive vows to fight racism at hospital

QE chief executive vows to fight racism at hospital

Published by Beth Pridding
7:46am 19th June 2020.

The chief executive of the QE is asking staff to get in touch if there's anything the hospital can do to fight racism. 

Caroline Shaw has apologised to all ethnic minority staff for the 'world discriminating on the basis of race'. 

She recalled instances of a black colleague being told she was in the wrong queue for a flight when she was waiting to board business class, and a black friend of her daughter's was told to take beads out of her hair after visiting family in Barbados. 

She said:

"Both direct and indirect racism is not acceptable. We all need to make sure we are challenging our assumptions and checking our privilege. We must have respect for each other and understanding of culture differences – celebrating those, rather than allowing them to become a divide or mechanism for hate. I want to make it really clear that racism, direct or indirect, has no place in our Trust, or our world for that matter.

"To our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues – I am sorry. Sorry that our world continues to discriminate on the basis of race. I want you to know that our Trust is a place of safety and that racism of any kind will be dealt with in the strictest possible manner.

"I also want you to know that you are a valued and vital part of our Trust and I want each and every one of you to know that we stand with you; I stand with you. Please get in touch if there is anything further you think we should be doing as an organisation to support you and help build a world where racism does not exist."