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WATCH: "Black Lives Matter at Harrogate District Hospital"

WATCH: "Black Lives Matter at Harrogate District Hospital"

Published by Lisa Darvill at 1:36pm 9th June 2020. (Updated at 1:37pm 9th June 2020)

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The Chief Executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has sent a powerful message to staff. 

  • In the video, Steve Russell shares his own experiences of racism 
  • He says the trust is committed to stamping out racism and promoting equality
  • He also shares experiences of colleagues who've received racist comments 
  • His message was sent out to all members of staff to coincide with the funeral of George Floyd 

In it, Steve Russell shares his own experiences of racism and pledges the trust will "stamp out racism, together". 

His message was sent out to all staff to coincide with the funeral of George Floyd. Protests have been taking place all over the world following his death in Minneapolis. 

Steve Russell said: 

"George died 4,000 miles away, but examples of different treatment exist here in the UK, and if we are honest, here at HDFT.

"I know, because I’ve experienced it in my life. My dad being asked on a bus where he “got me from”, being told in school that I should get back in my banana boat, and to this day I appear to regularly end up being one of the people randomly selected for a search at airports and events.

"I’ve heard of similar experiences from colleagues. For example, patients who say they don’t want to be treated by a black person. Or colleagues undergoing a risk assessment being told that they were having it because “people like you live in crowded houses”. Or colleagues who spend time with religious pursuits at work being criticised for how long or how often this is done.

"Our 500-plus BAME colleagues deserve better than this. In saying Black Lives Matter, nobody is saying they’re more important, or that others aren’t. But we have to be honest with ourselves: black people aren’t treated equally, and the only way to stop this is through all of us. 

"Our Board of Directors commitment is a simple one. We will stamp out racism, together. We will promote equality and will continue to listen and learn from our black and ethnic minority colleagues."

You can watch the full video here: 

Chief Executive of the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust , Steve Russell, delivers a message to staff in the wake of George Floyd's death