A ‘mindfulness line’ to help employees meditate – for more than £40,000 a year. An “experienced instructor” – with yoga and Pilates sessions. And an “Deputy Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion” who earns just under £97,000.
A Daily Mail investigation reveals how Britain’s reportedly financially strapped NHS is still finding millions to spend on the well-paid bureaucrats of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) racket.
These new roles have little to do with patient care and everything to do with politics: particularly the fashionable obsessions of gender, sexuality, and race.
This is not about promoting equal opportunities. It is a radical social justice program rooted in identity politics.
A Daily Mail investigation reveals how Britain’s reportedly financially strapped NHS is still finding millions to spend on the well-paid bureaucrats of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) racket
The healthcare system has long been in crisis but has slipped towards meltdown in recent weeks.
Union militants have tried to blame years of “underfunding” for the deadly mess. But over the last 12 years of Conservative governments, the budget for the NHS and social care (at current prices) has increased by 39 per cent in real terms, from £129.7bn in 2010 to £180.2bn. There are record numbers of doctors, nurses, paramedics and paramedics.
As our research shows, much of this extra NHS money is wasted on the almost insane fixation on the wake agenda.
Just last week, an NHS trust was attacked over a £115,000-a-year job advertisement for a “Director of Lived Experience” with the ability to “create bold spaces”. Earlier this year, another study revealed that the NHS spends more than £40m a year on 812 equality, diversity and inclusion managers. That would be enough to pay for 1,200 additional nurses — or 1.3 million family doctor appointments.
But the NHS is far from unique. The fixation on identity politics now pervades the public sector, often at the expense of frontline services.
According to a recent estimate, there are nearly 8,000 taxpayer-funded civil servants whose jobs focus solely on equality, diversity and inclusion. The bill for her has been calculated at £427million a year.
As crime detection rates continue to fall, the police spend an estimated £10m a year on staff whose sole purpose is to promote the EDI dogma.
A further £3.6million from the police budget will be gobbled up by “equality training schemes” covering 24,100 staff days. A case in point for an EDI role is the current vacancy for a £49,000 ‘Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ at Derbyshire Constabulary.
Elsewhere in the public sector, the London Borough of Redbridge has just advertised a “Head of Policy, Equality and Communities” with a salary of up to £70,572 to “carry out engagement activities that produce positive outcomes”.
The Justice Department can’t do without a new ‘Diversity and Inclusion Manager’ worth £38,000. Hampshire’s Fire and Rescue Service can’t do without a £33,000 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner either. The pattern is similarly widespread at our universities. Oxford University alone is said to have 40 staff focused on EDI work.
The Office for Students, the independent regulator of higher education, is looking for a £41,829 ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist’. Kingston University wants a £54,000 ‘equality, diversity and inclusion partner’, while Cardiff University believes it needs a £51,800 program officer to help it ‘become an anti-racist organisation will”.
The pattern is clear.
Nigel Lawson, the Tory Chancellor in the 1980s, may have once claimed that the NHS is the religion of the British people. But diversity has become the creed of the ruling elite.
In fact, the EDI managers form a new priesthood spreading a perverse gospel. And like the Spanish inquisitors of the Middle Ages, they punish heresy wherever they find it, intimidating associates for adhering to the wrong doctrines and attacking them for disobeying the cult’s injunctions, from “white privilege” to to “unconscious prejudices”. .
This bloated industry not only creates enormous costs for the public purse, but also has a negative impact on services.
Nearly every arm of the state has turned increasingly inward in recent years, consumed by ever-expanding exercises in personnel monitoring, data collection, and ethnic classification—instead of doing the work we pay them to do.
The Home Office has been deplorable in fighting crime and protecting our borders – its two most important responsibilities – but it has recently won a number of “awards” for diversity and can boast that a quarter of its staff are from ethnic minorities and more half are women.
Needless to say, there is no mandate for any of this. But with the strikes causing enormous inconvenience to millions, how much longer can the British public put up with an NHS that thinks an “assistant director of EDI” is worth three nurses?
https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/health-news/leo-mckinstry-why-does-the-nhs-think-a-115000-director-of-lived-experience-is-worth-three-nurses/ LEO MCKINSTRY: Why does the NHS think a £115k Director of Lived Experience is worth three nurses?