NHS bosses are offering a £100,000 contract for “anti-racism” consultancy services, MailOnline reports.
The tender — branded “woke” by critics — was posted by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), which manages blood supplies and organ donation in the U.K.
The successful bidder will “embed intentionally inclusive and anti-racist behaviours across our organisation”.
NHSBT wants a “solution” which includes topics such as “racial equity, social justice, civility, cultural intelligence, and active bystander and inclusion”.
Critics slammed the six-figure spend on “woke waste” and called for “every penny” to go towards frontline care instead.
Cash-strapped hospitals are mulling scaling back operations this winter to balance the books, despite the waiting list sitting at an all-time high.
But NHSBT argued hiring an anti-racist consultancy would help tackle backlogs by increasing the organisation’s credibility with ethnic minority Brits. It also comes amid allegations of years of racism within the service. …
In the application document, NHSBT wrote the consultancy was part of its “vision” to be an “intentionally inclusive and anti-racist” organisation. …
NHSBT added the contract will be considered a success when their employees have a greater understanding of “race equity”, they are not disadvantaged by their characteristics, and its recruitment policies are “intentionally inclusive”.
Tom Ryan, policy analyst at campaign group the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told MailOnline the public would be dismayed by the spend.
“‘Taxpayers are sick of seeing vital health funds spent on these right-on initiatives,” he said.
“With waiting lists still punishingly long, every penny should be directed at delivering frontline care.
“It’s time for the health service to put patients first and crack down on woke waste.”
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