RCR statement on race equality

Friday 17 July 2020

The RCR has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling racism and racial inequality and is urging members to share their experiences.

In a statement for members issued today (17 July), the RCR’s senior leadership team has reflected on the harsh spotlight on inequalities provided by recent global events and underlined the organisation’s unequivocal condemnation of cultural and institutional racism.

It states:

“The RCR leadership team is absolutely committed to finding effective ways to improve equality and tackle the structural racism our members and Fellows are subject to.”

The statement details the RCR’s current work on equality and diversity, however, RCR leaders believe the organisation can and must do more.

The statement reads:

“We want to reach out, to ensure we hear but also act to negate the discrimination our members and Fellows face. We want to make equality a truly integral part of all we do.

“We want to fully represent and gain input from those who may feel unwilling to put themselves forward because of the experiences they have had.  We want to address the inequalities directly experienced by patients as well as healthcare staff.”

The RCR plans to engage with Fellows and members over the coming months on new initiatives to address racism in healthcare, and we are now appealing to members to share their ideas and experiences with us.

Please contact equality@rcr.ac.uk with your views and experiences.