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The proportion of chairs and non-executive directors of NHS trusts in England who are ethnic minorities has almost halved from 15 per cent in 2010 to just 8 per cent.
The proportion of women in those posts has also fallen from 47 per cent in 2002 to only 38 per cent, despite a number of initiatives to improve female as well as BME representation in senior NHS roles, the Guardian reported.
The findings were made by the NHS Confederation, which represents 85 per cent of local health service bodies in England.
Almost half of the 240 NHS trusts do not have even a single BME board member, according to separate NHS data collected to monitor progress against the service’s workforce race equality standard.
The data shows that the NHS is failing to honour the spirit of laws designed to improve female and BME representation.