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King's Lynn hospital boss makes anti-racism vow

The boss of Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has vowed to make the organisation a “place of safety” against racism and intolerance.

The pledge has been made by chief executive Caroline Shaw in a blog post today, where she also urged staff to share their ideas for anti-racism initiatives.

The move followed further demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent days, including an event in Lynn on Saturday afternoon.

Black Lives Matter demo at The Walks Kings Lynn. (36578901)
Black Lives Matter demo at The Walks Kings Lynn. (36578901)

Mrs Shaw said she had thought deeply about how to address the issue following the death of George Floyd in the USA last month.

She wrote: “If we are really honest with ourselves, I am sure all of us know or have encountered similar examples.

“Both direct and indirect racism is not acceptable. We all need to make sure we are challenging our assumptions and checking our privilege.

QEH chief executive Caroline Shaw.
QEH chief executive Caroline Shaw.

“We must have respect for each other and understanding of culture differences – celebrating those, rather than allowing them to become a divide or mechanism for hate.

“I want to make it really clear that racism, direct or indirect, has no place in our trust, or our world for that matter.”

She added: “To our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues – I am sorry.

“Sorry that our world continues to discriminate on the basis of race.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.. (33638368)
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.. (33638368)

“I want you to know that our trust is a place of safety and that racism of any kind will be dealt with in the strictest possible manner.

“I also want you to know that you are a valued and vital part of our trust and I want each and every one of you to know that we stand with you; I stand with you.

“Please get in touch if there is anything further you think we should be doing as an organisation to support you and help build a world where racism does not exist.”

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