Black Lives Matter

4 June 2020

A joint message from Royal Free London group chief executive Caroline Clarke; Royal Free Hospital chief executive Kate Slemeck; Barnet Hospital chief executive Deborah Sanders; Chase Farm Hospital chief executive Natalie Forrest; and Annette Heslop chair of the Royal Free London Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network

Recent events following the unlawful death of George Floyd by the American police have ignited anger and a call for an end to racism and injustice for black people. The Royal Free London (RFL) stands together with our black staff, minority ethnic staff, volunteers, patients and community against racism and hate crime.

We are proud of the diversity of our staff, our volunteers, and the communities we serve. Thanks to this diversity, we are able to provide the very best care to our patients.

We stand together to put an end to racism and promote equality and will continue to listen and learn from our black and ethnic minority staff.

We have a thriving BAME staff forum which was established in 2014 to support black, Asian and ethnic minority staff, and to provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment for all minority ethnic staff. It is a platform for sharing ideas and experiences, building relationships and promoting race equality. We want to reach out to staff who are feeling anxious, distressed, worried, afraid about these recent events which come at a time when our black and minority ethnic communities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

The board of the RFL would like to share the following message: “We are proud of the rich diversity of the Royal Free London and we do not tolerate racism and hate crime. The RFL is a place where we want all staff to feel safe, protected and listened to. We believe this is essential in ensuring that everybody who walks through our doors has the best possible experience.”

We are all in this together. We support you and are here for you. Black lives matter.