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ASSEMBLY FUNDS APPOINTMENTS OF RACE EQUALITY ADVISORS TO NHS WALES

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Assembly secretary for health and social services Jane Hutt has welcomed the appointments of two race equality advi...
Assembly secretary for health and social services Jane Hutt has welcomed the appointments of two race equality advisors to work within the NHS in Wales and its organisations as well as with Wales' black and minority ethnic populations.

Michael Banner and Dee Hines-Johnson have recently taken up their appointments within the employment of Bro Taf Health Authority. The posts, which are funded by the national assembly are project-based and are for a two year period. The work will be undertaken in both primary care and secondary care sectors and will focus on issues of access and service delivery as well as ethnic monitoring and employment issues for black and ethnic minorities.

Jane Hutt said: 'I strongly support these posts and the work that is to be undertaken in both the primary and secondary care sectors. The posts have been developed in conjunction with the NHS Equality Forum and the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association.'

The sssembly secretary for health and social services who formally set up and chaired an Equal Opportunities Task Force in an NHS Trust continued: 'The assembly is committed to promoting equality and tackling health inequalities in the provision of health and social care. Objectives are identified in Better Wales to address the needs of black and ethnic minority communities. This has also been addressed in the guidance for the development of health improvement programmes and in the implementation of the Human Resources Strategy for NHS Wales, which is itself founded on the principles of equality.

'These are important and challenging areas of work and I look forward to seeing real progress being made.'

Notes:

The postholders are employed by Bro Taf Health Authority, but managed by an executive board drawn from black and ethnic minority organisations and the NHS.

The advisors each have an all Wales remit for their respective responsibilities.

Michael Banner has worked on race and equality issues over the last 12 years and has been responsible for a number of initiatives that have increased opportunities for black and ethnic minority communities. He has recently taken up the appointment in the secondary care post

Dee Hines-Johnson began working in the primary care post on August 1st. She has worked within the NHS for 25 years.

Both posts are project-based and are for a two year period.

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