Trust chief: NHS should cut spend on suppliers where bosses lack diversity

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  • External organisations lacking diverse leadership should not ‘readily’ access to public money, says trust chief
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield FT chief executive Owen Williams believes it is time to ‘put up or shut up’ on diversity
  • Dr Williams chaired NHSE/I’s task-and-finish group to address health inequalities in its phase three covid-19 response

Firms should not be able to “readily” access public money if they cannot demonstrate diversity among their senior leadership, an NHS trust chief advising NHS England has told HSJ.

Owen Williams, chief executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust, also warned the NHS that it was time to “put up or shut up” about diversity in leadership, in an interview with HSJ.

It comes after NHS England and NHS Improvement set a new five-year target for all NHS organisations to ensure their “board and senior staffing will, in percentage terms, at least match the overall BAME composition of its overall workforce or its local community. Whichever is the higher”. The target was laid out in the guidance for “phase three” of the NHS’s response to the covid-19 pandemic.


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Source: HSJ