Exclusive: Nurses with disabilities face discrimination in workplace

Source: Exclusive: Nurses with disabilities face discrimination in workplace | News | Nursing Times

Nurses with disabilities regularly face discrimination in the NHS, despite ongoing efforts to boost equality, an investigation by Nursing Times has found.

One nurse with a lifelong condition described how she had been told by colleagues she was a danger to herself and patients, and “should not be a nurse”.

Other nurses talked about job offers being withdrawn when a disability was mentioned and having to threaten court action to ensure managers made reasonable efforts to accommodate their needs.

They described their struggle to continue working in the NHS ahead of the introduction of a new Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES), which is designed to help trusts improve practice.

Holly Chadd, peer support officer at the Royal College of Nursing, told Nursing Times that discrimination was still a common problem experienced by disabled members.

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