A nationwide study conducted by the National Health Service (NHS) has revealed a shocking ‘race gap’ between the number of harassment claims reported by its staff.

The comprehensive survey revealed that 75 per cent of acute trusts under the NHS had a higher number of black and ethnic minority (BME) staff reporting bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace in comparison to white staff.

In 81 per cent of acute trusts, BME staff said that they had personally experienced some form of workplace discrimination.

Furthermore, in 86 per cent of acute trusts, BME staff claimed that they felt their organisation had a ‘white bias’ when it came to offering equal opportunities for promotion and career progression.

Only five organisations surveyed reported that there was no significant rift between BME and white experiences in the workplace.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England and co-chairman of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, said: “This report provides unvarnished feedback to every hospital and trust across the NHS about the experiences of their BME staff.

“It confirms that while some employers have got it right, for many others these staff survey results are both deeply concerning and a clear call to action.”