Leeds Teaching Hospitals support statement committing to end racism and discrimination
13 July 2020
The chair of Leeds teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Linda Pollard, and Chief Executive, Julian Hartley, have joined Leeds civic leaders and sporting legends to sign up to a joint statement expressing their commitment to work together to end racism and discrimination.
The statement comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police officers in the United States, and the worldwide condemnation that followed this event.
It reaffirms the commitment of everyone across the city to making sure that racism and discrimination have no place in Leeds.
Linda Pollard said she was proud of the efforts Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been doing in making sure that everyone works together to stop racism and discrimination.
“This statement shows the determination of everyone, from the top downwards, to make lasting changes to ensure we achieve race equality in everything we do. I know we are working closely with all of our teams at the Trust to particularly support BME staff in these current times but there is more we need to do.”
Julian Hartley said the Trust was fortunate to be working together with a proactive BME Staff Network. “We are pleased to be supporting a plan presented by the Network to improve the experiences of BME colleagues at work and support their career aspirations.
“It is vital that we listen to and acknowledge the experiences of our BME staff and all of us stand and work together to make whatever changes are necessary to achieve race equality.”
The statement reads:
“As leaders in Leeds, we are horrified at the killing of George Floyd by police officers in the United States. We feel the pain, and hear the outrage, of all those facing injustice. We stand against racism and discrimination in all its forms.
“Leeds is a richly diverse and multicultural city, something that we consider to be one of our key strengths. We are proud to work with fantastic individuals, communities and organisations that work tirelessly to create a fairer city for everybody.
“As civic leaders we are committed to building a city in which everyone feels safe, valued and that they belong. While we are proud that Leeds is overwhelmingly a welcoming city, we recognise that unfortunately racism and discrimination still exists. Everybody in Leeds has a part to play to challenge racism and prejudice wherever we find it.
“The tragic and appalling death of George Floyd has opened passionate conversations across the world about racism in our societies. In Leeds we welcome conversations about how, as a city, we can do more to eradicate racism and discrimination and to support those who have experienced it. This also requires honest conversations about our own history as a city, and how we wish to remember and relate to our past.
“Eradicating racism and discrimination is everybody’s business. We stand with all those in Leeds who are working peacefully to support our communities, challenge injustices and create a fairer society. Together we will ensure that racism has no place in Leeds.”