Today (Thursday 25 June), members of our Trust Board took the knee ahead of their monthly meeting in solidarity with the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and Black Lives Matter.

The disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people from a BAME background, alongside recent events at home and abroad, have led to renewed calls for an end to racism and discrimination in our society.

We are proud to say that half of our staff are from a BAME background, and we serve a diverse community of people across south west London and beyond. Our Trust Board members are clear that racism will not be tolerated in our hospitals, or in our society.

Gillian Norton, Chairman, and Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive, said: “The diversity of both our staff and patients is one of the things that makes┬áSt George’s special, so today we all wanted to show that we stand in solidarity with our BAME community. We know there is a lot more to be done to make the Trust truly inclusive for everyone, but we pledge to do everything in our power to challenge racism and end inequality in our organisation.

“Martin Luther King once said that ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.’ It is up to us, as leaders, to strive for this justice and ensure that BAME staff and patients are treated with fairness, kindness and respect.”

Gillian Norton, Chairman, plus Non-Executive and Executive Directors from the Trust took the knee ahead of our Board meeting today. For more images, go to our Twitter page.