NHS staff can now refuse to treat patients deemed racist or sexist

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 18th, 2020 5:03 pm

The National Health Service in England recently released new rules that allows staff to ban racist or sexist patients from non-emergency care.

Staff can currently refuse to treat non-critical patients who are verbally aggressive or physically violent toward them, but new rules taking effect in April allows them to also refuse treatment to patients who harass, bully, or discriminate, including those who are homophobic, sexist, or make racist remarks.

"Being assaulted or abused is not part of the job," Health Secretary Matt Hancock wrote in an announcement to NHS staff. "Far too often I hear stories that the people you are trying to help lash out. I've seen it for myself in A&Es, on night shifts, and on ambulances."


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