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Ethnic diversity policy: Perceptions within the NHS

Johns, Nicholas 2004. Ethnic diversity policy: Perceptions within the NHS. Social Policy & Administration 38 (1) , pp. 73-88. 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2004.00377.x

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Ethnic diversity has become an important policy objective for the Labour government, particularly since the publication of the Macpherson Report (1999). It is projected as a potential means of improving service provision in various policy areas from policing to the business sector. The contention of this article, based on research conducted in the NHS, is that much more thought needs to be given to the shape of ethnic diversity and its operationalization if services are to improve for society as a whole. The current shape of the concept, as perceived by the majority of the interview respondents who participated in the research (all of whom had responsibility for employment decisions within their organizations), promises at best disappointment, and at worst a further peripheralization of minority ethnic issues, for which communities themselves may be held responsible.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnic diversity; Perceptions; Policy; National Health Service
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1467-9515
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 02:23

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