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The impact of Brexit on ethnic discrimination among NHS Workforce

Victoria Serra-Sastre

Thursday 6 June 2024, 2.00PM to 3.00pm

Speaker(s): Victoria Serra-Sastre (Reader Economics (E&R), School of Policy & Global Affairs, Department of Economics, City, University of London)

This paper examines the effects of Brexit on experiences of workplace discrimination among clinical staff from ethnic minority backgrounds working in the UK's National Health Service (NHS). Using difference-in-differences models and data from the NHS Staff Survey over 2012-2022, we provide evidence that minority doctors, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants reported increased discrimination from both patients/public and peers/managers after the 2016 Brexit referendum, relative to trends in discrimination facing white staff. These findings point to concrete human costs of Brexit for minority NHS personnel that have received little attention to date, despite the health service's heavy reliance on minority and immigrant workers. Monitoring staff experiences and supporting diversity must be priorities for retaining the NHS's diverse workforce in the post-Brexit era.



Location: A/A/019/020

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Adrian Villasenor
Adrian Villasenor-Lopez
Dacheng Huo
Dacheng Huo

If you are not a member of University of York staff and are interested in attending the seminar, please contact Adrian Villasenor-Lopez or Dacheng Huo so that we can ensure we have sufficient space

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