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Christianity: Nurses

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 72429, tabled on 9 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the equity of Christian nurses facing discrimination on grounds of religion.

Answered on

16 November 2021

The Government and NHS England and NHS Improvement have made no assessment about the equity of Christian nurses facing discrimination on grounds of religion.

Discrimination in any form is not in line with National Health Service (NHS) values. The fair treatment of staff is directly linked to better clinical outcomes and better experience of care for patients. This is enforced by the requirement for public sector organisations including the Department, NHS England and NHS organisations to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. This requires them to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different groups when carrying out their activities. The duty applies to the nine protected characteristics, including people’s religion or belief (which includes a lack of belief).