Discrimination in the NHS

Vernon Coleman

I was amazed to discover that the NHS gives preference to disabled job candidates. Surely this is discrimination against the able bodied?

The NHS Appointments Commission does boast that it operates a `guaranteed interview' scheme for people who consider they are disabled. `Ordinarily,' says the Commission, `the (short-listing) panel will select for interview only the four or five candidates whom they all agree, on paper, best meet the requirements for the post.'

However, the NHS guarantees to interview anyone who is assessed on paper by just one member of the panel to have the necessary qualities if they are disabled. This is utterly outrageous.

Copyright Vernon Coleman January 2007