A series of new guidelines issued by the UK’s National Health Service now permits staffers the ability to deny non-emergency care to patients considered “homophobic, racist, or sexist.”
“Sexist and racist patients could be barred from non-emergency care at NHS trusts, under new rules to be enforced from April,” reports Sky News. Currently, staff can refuse to treat non-critical patients who are verbally aggressive or physically violent towards them. But these protections will extend to any harassment, bullying or discrimination, including homophobic, sexist or racist remarks.”
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“These new rules were announced with the release of the 2019 NHS Staff Survey for England, which showed more than a quarter of NHS workers were bullied, harassed or abused in one year,” adds the website. “Four in 10 workers felt unwell due to work-related stress.”
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Source: Sky News