NHS staff can refuse to treat racist or sexist patients under new rules

18 February 2020 – Sky News

New rules to be enforced from April could mean that sexist and racist patients could be banned from receiving non-emergency care at NHS trusts.

At the moment NHS staff can refuse to treat non-critical patients who are verbally aggressive or physically violent towards them, but the new rules will also cover harassment, bullying or discrimination, including homophobic, sexist or racist remarks.

These new rules were announced with the release of the 2019 NHS Staff Survey for England, which showed more than a quarter of NHS workers were bullied, harassed or abused in one year.


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