Chief executives and leaders of NHS organisations in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire have united to condemn instances of hate crimes against some sections of the workforce since last week’s decision for the UK to leave the European Union.
Although Hampshire Constabulary have not noticed an increase in reported cases, several NHS staff have reported instances of abuse. Efforts are being made to encourage all abuse to be appropriately reported so that action can be taken.
In a joint statement, leaders of NHS providers, Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and commissioners Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group /NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group* said:
“We, the undersigned, are joining hands today to publicly express our support for each and every one of our workforce who continue to work tirelessly to ensure local NHS services are the best they can be.
In particular, our colleagues from Europe and the rest of the world continue to be a valued and welcome part of our workforce. We are very lucky that people have come from all over the world to work in the NHS to look after our patients.
We are disheartened to hear of the abuse some of our colleagues have been subjected to, either while executing their duties or away from work. We condemn this in the strongest possible terms. We have a zero tolerance of abuse of our staff and we will not hesitate taking necessary steps to ensure our staff are protected, and that may include withdrawing services from an aggressor.
We are also taking this opportunity to encourage our colleagues to report all crimes, including hate crime, through the relevant internal channels as well as to the police.”
Sue Harriman, Chief Executive, Solent NHS Trust
Fiona Dalton, Chief Executive, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
John Richards, Chief Executive, Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group
Tim Powell, Interim Chief Executive, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Heather Hauschild, Chief Officer, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Katrina Percy, Chief Executive, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Jim Hogan, Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr David Chilvers, Chair, on behalf of NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group /NHS South Eastern Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group