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Hotline to report racist abuse

A special hotline has been launched so NHS staff can report racist attacks after a union revealed 69% of black and ethnic minority (BME) workers have suffered abuse.

Unison said its survey of 2,000 black and ethnic minority health workers shows that racism is still a problem for healthcare staff.

Around 9% have been physically attacked because of the colour of their skin, while 39% of those questioned said managers have racially abused them.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: "The results of our survey make shocking reading.

"It shows that more than two-thirds of BME workers in the NHS have been subjected to racism and racist abuse, a statistic that is shameful.

"Our hotline will give people somewhere to turn to and put them in touch with organisations where they can get much-needed support and advice.

"In addition, as a result of our survey, more than 500 Unison members have come forward saying that they would like to become more active in the union.

"With this level of support we hope to achieve a wave of change across the NHS to challenge racism and, at the same time, provide help for those that need it."

The helpline number is 0845 355 0845.


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