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An independent appraisal of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES)

Dr Richard Norrie, December 2021

The NHS seeks to monitor and control diversity and equality through a programme known as the Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) – it is based on a series of statistical indicators pertaining to outcomes between white and non-white minority groups. However, as the Director of the Statistics and Policy Research Programme at Civitas, Richard Norrie, argues, closer inspection of those indicators reveals ‘they do not withstand methodological scrutiny’.

In its methodological critique, the paper identifies several concerns, leading the author to conclude that the NHS WRES ‘is a failure.’

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