Many critics questioned why the health service was using taxpayer money to run the blog – written by equality tsar Aishnine Benjamin – when the pandemic has caused waiting lists to top 13 million. In her ramblings, Ms Benjamin – the equality, diversity and inclusion lead at the Nursing and Midwifery Council – gives white people an extensive reading list of anti-racist literature.
She then goes on to list a series of “tips” for white people on how to tackle racism.
They include not being “defensive” because “this isn’t personal and it’s not really about you”.
Other top “tips” include working on “empathy”, visualising “yourself in the other person’s shoes” and being “uncomfortable”.
The blog, posted on Friday, was criticised by many.
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Sharing a screenshot of the top of the post, Brexiteer Darren Grimes raged: “The NHS: We need £10 billion or we’re going to collapse imminently!”
Theresa May’s former advisor Nick Timothy wrote: “When thirteen million of us are on NHS waiting lists, they’ll at least give us something to read.”
Political commentator Olivia Lever said: “I’ve been told by my GP that I’m going to have to wait to get a blood test for my broken thyroid but yet I pay tax for this?”
Former Brexit Party candidate Ike Ijeh wrote: “How many times does this need to be said? You can’t fight racism with racism.”
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Meanwhile, GB News host Calvin Robinson said: “Another example of the so-called anti-racists being racist.
“Dear white people in the UK: Be uncomfortable. @aishnine praises Kehinde and Dr Shola, two infamous race-hustlers.
“Why does @NHSuk @NHSEngland support and enable this divisive rhetoric?”
However she was not without her supporters.
One person tweeted: “I don’t see the problem? Why are you so worked up about an article on a NHS HR website. No doctors or nurses were taken off the frontline to facilitate the writing of this essay. Don’t be so uncomfortable.”
Another wrote: “Making sure that the NHS is a diverse and welcoming place means people want to come to work and is one of the most effective ways of reducing waiting lists. If nothing else, it’s good business!”
After lecturing white people on how they should tackle racism, Ms Benjamin goes on to list what “everyone” else should do.
Again she supplies a lengthy reading list.
Titles include Hirsch’s Brit(ish), Akala’s Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire and Renni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.
It is followed by a “call to action” urging people to change the narrative “so that the future generations don’t remain in the dark”.
In a biography on her website, Ms Benjamin says: “With over 15 years experience as a diversity and inclusion professional I have knowledge and experiences that span all protected characteristics (e.g. race, gender, disability, trans) and human rights to deliver the diversity and inclusion outcomes you need.
“I’m passionate about creating inclusive environments and changing organisational cultures to deliver the intended outcomes because of (not at the detriment of) diversity.”