Ratna Dutt, Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation responds to the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View:
‘The Race Equality Foundation welcomes the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View. Importantly, the plan recognises the need to work with the voluntary and community sector to reach ‘underserved’ groups’. This is vital in supporting services, such as voluntary sector interpreting services, which seem to be being cut off from NHS funding because they were supported by grants.
The commitment to addressing staff race inequality in the NHS is particularly welcome, and recognises that the situation for black and minority ethnic staff has not improved in the past decade. We would hope that this commitment includes making the proposed Workforce Race Equality Standard a mandatory requirement in the NHS.
However, the Foundation would want to see more detail emerge on how the NHS is going to close the health and wellbeing gap as part of the radical upgrade in prevention. This is particularly important for those who experience the significant health inequalities, and often have the poorest experiences and outcomes.’
We have produced a summary document to highlight the key issues from the five year plan.
To see the NHS Five Year Forward View in full please see the NHS England website.