11 October 2009

NHS 'must find jobs for disabled'

9 October, 2009

Leading specialist employment service Remploy is urging the NHS to give more jobs to disabled people.

Chief executive Tim Matthews, former chief executive of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Trust, was speaking at a diversity conference in London organised by the trust.

Questioning whether the NHS is doing enough to promote diversity, he said health service organisations have an important leadership role in finding work for disabled people.

He said that although much has been done to develop disability equality schemes, they have been slow in ensuring more and better jobs for disabled people.

He stressed that the NHS and care sectors play a central role in helping people with learning disabilities and mental health problems achieve their employment potential.

He said that the NHS must ensure that their own workforces represent the communities in which they operate, including employing more disabled people.

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