Equality diversity and inclusion Sussex NHS Commissioners

A statement in support of our BAME communities

23 June 2020

Over the last few weeks, we have all seen a real drive for change sweep across society, both nationally and globally, regarding the lived experiences of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

The shocking death of George Floyd in America, coupled with the evidence of the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME individuals, has rightly given rise to significant hurt and anger.

As leaders of the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), we add our collective voice and commitment to the need for change and condemn all forms of prejudice, discrimination and violence against BAME people.

Recent events have highlighted and laid bare issues that are systemic, institutional, personal, ethical and moral and this has made all of us reflect and challenge ourselves and others on what we need to do differently.

As we do so as CCGs, we recognise that we cannot fully understand the experiences that racism creates and we need to do more to continue our learning and take action as CCGs to make a difference for BAME staff and people locally.

As employers, we want to create a safe working environment for our BAME staff where they feel empowered and able to fulfil their potential without prejudice or invisible barriers. As commissioners, we want to improve our partnership working with our BAME communities to understand their experiences and reduce the health inequalities they may experience.

We have more to do to get to where we want to be across our organisations, and we will continue to engage, listen and participate in being part of the change.

Dr Laura Hill
Clinical Chair
NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Andy Hodson
Clinical Chair
NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr David Warden
Clinical Chair
NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group

Adam Doyle
Chief Executive
Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups

Karen Breen
Chief Officer
Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups