Black Lives Matter training among new diversity courses offered to NHS staff
A government insider expressed concern that the NHS’s description of BLM did not mention controversial calls by some supporters to fund police.
“Managers, nurses and doctors are brainwashed with lethal doses of questionable diversity and pernicious propaganda – all at taxpayer expense,” a Whitehall source said.
In another of the four NHS Diversity of People courses, doctors are warned: “You risk losing ‘friends’ by entering into an anti-racist alliance.”
As part of this process, the course suggests: “With other white people, honestly explore how racism favors you and how racism harms BME. [black and minority ethnic] people”.
The course adds, “To become genuine allies who will be in the long term struggle, whites will have to deliberately and honestly work towards understanding white culture and white privilege. […] Whites will have to see themselves as racial beings. “
Understanding white privilege
Other modules include exercises on “what is white privilege” and “the importance of understanding your personal privilege”.
The revelations come after it emerged that NHS diversity czar Prerana Issar, the director of human resources, had earned £ 35,000 more than the recently deceased NHS chief executive.
According to the accounts from 2019 to 2020, Ms Issar earned between £ 230,000 and £ 235,000 – more than her former boss Sir Simon Stevens and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Danielle Boxall of the Taxpayers Alliance said: “Taxpayers expect their money to be focused on improving frontline NHS services, not on awakened causes.
“There are already many laws to prevent discrimination in the workplace, so training programs like this should not be required.
“With the next spending review, ministers are expected to cut these controversial prices and save much-needed funds.”
Use of taxpayers’ money
Meanwhile, Sir John Hayes, chairman of the Common Sense Group of more than 50 Tory MPs, wrote to Mr Javid asking if taxpayers’ money was “wasted on waking propaganda”.
He called it “grossly inappropriate” that the health services “propagate the work of radical and critical race theorists and peddle dangerously conflicting notions of collective racial guilt and collective racial oppression.”
His letter was prompted by a blog post on the NHS Leadership Academy website titled ‘Dear Whites in UK’ which advised white staff to be uncomfortable discussing racial issues. .
The Telegraph then revealed how NHS leaders learned this year at a series of webinars on ‘whiteness’ and racial justice that speaking in a ‘thick cottage English accent’ was an example of privilege.
While almost a fifth of NHS staff are from ethnic minorities – compared to 14% of the UK population – they are under-represented in many managerial positions.
An NHS spokesperson said: “The NHS continues to improve recruitment, retention and patient care by ensuring that all staff feel valued and supported,” they added.