Published: Friday, July 25th, 2014
Golden Jubilee pledges support to NoBystanders anti-discrimination campaign
The Golden Jubilee National Hospital (GJNH) has pledged its support to StonewallScotland’s NoBystanders campaign by being the first NHS organisation to have both Chair and Chief Executive commit to the campaign.
The NoBystanders campaign is focussed across the public, private and third sector in Scotland and highlights the damaging effect that discriminatory language can have in our playgrounds, streets and workplaces. It also calls on individuals and organisations to commit to challenging bullying and discrimination wherever they see it, and stand up for fairness and kindness.
Jeane Freeman, Chair of the NHS Board, commented “At the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, we are committed to delivering the best possible experience for all our patients and service users. For that we need a welcoming and inclusive environment that embraces staff and patients of all backgrounds and celebrates the richness and experience they bring.”
As a national resource, the Golden Jubilee is committed to delivering quality services, and their Board values set out the way we work and how we should behave to our patients, visitors, and to each other. These values which include treating everyone with dignity and respect are very closely aligned to the aims of the NoBystanders campaign – enabling disadvantaged groups to feel supported when accessing public services and make our workplaces fairer and more equal.
Jill Young, Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted to support the No Bystanders campaign as a sign of our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity and our zero tolerance approach towards bullying, harassment and discrimination in any form.”
The Golden Jubilee National Hospital has a proven track record in equality issues and has been the top performing NHS Board in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) for the past four years. The WEI is a measure of how an organisation meets the needs of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) staff and service users and is a good indicator for equality progress generally.