Diversity in the British NHS: the business versus the ‘moral’ case

Johns, Nick; Green, Alison and Powell, Martin (2012). Diversity in the British NHS: the business versus the ‘moral’ case. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 31(8) pp. 768–783.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/02610151211277626


This article examines the business case for ethnic diversity in the British National Health Service (NHS). Is seeks to contextualise issues around diversity within the current political environment, and identify barriers to diversifying leadership positions in the NHS. The business case has been very strongly argued as justification for introducing both managing diversity and equal opportunity initiatives - here we examine the inconsistencies of using that argument, and maintain that the only justification worth presenting is that based on (deontological) moral arguments.

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