Fury as NHS staff to be offered training on BLM as part of new diversity courses on ‘white privilege’
Training on Black Lives Matter (BLM) is reportedly being offered to NHS England staff as part of a series of new diversity courses that have sparked anger among government insiders and taxpayers.
Trainings on ‘white privilege’, ‘unconscious bias’ and ‘authentic alliance’ have reportedly been posted on the NHS People website – an online learning portal for health service staff.
According to The Telegraph, one of the in-house courses on offer, covers the history, guiding principles, and messages of Black Lives Matter.
While the training focuses primarily on the broader BLM movement, the course includes a link to an interview with one of the founders of the controversial Black Lives Matter group, according to the Telegraph.
One of the group’s founders, Patrisse Cullors – who has since retired – previously described herself and co-founder Alicia Garza as “trained Marxists.”
The group has also described one of its main objectives as ‘relieving the police’s burden’.
The news has angered taxpayers, who have accused the NHS of ‘wasting money on wakeful business’.
Meanwhile, a government insider told the Telegraph that the course “didn’t mention all the objectives of the BLM group” and said NHS staff were “indoctrinated with lethal doses of unreliable diversity”.
It comes just weeks after Health Minister Sajid Javid told MPs he would be ‘vigilant for waste or wakery’ from the NHS.
Training on Black Lives Matter (pictured: A Black Lives Matter sign held up at a protest in London last year) is being offered to NHS England staff as part of a series of new diversity courses
It comes just weeks after Health Minister Sajid Javid (pictured) told MPs he would be ‘vigilant for waste or wakery’ from the NHS
In the course, seen by the Telegraph, BLM is reportedly described as a ‘healing’ movement that works to ‘eradicate white supremacy’.
The course reportedly describes BLM as a “prime focus to expose and challenge anti-blackness in its multiple manifestations.”
Meanwhile, NHS staff are reportedly being urged to look at NHS policy through a ‘BLM lens’ and that this would be ‘useful’ in ‘fuelling better racial equality in health service’.
According to the Telegraph, the training says: ‘BLM’s philosophy would encourage the NHS to critically evaluate its organizations and practices to address the systemic barriers that have held BME nurses for decades and relegated them to the lower levels of the nursing hierarchy.’
While the sessions are said to focus on the BLM movement, which seeks to tackle racial inequality, mention is also made of the Black Lives Matter group, whose views have proved controversial.
American BLM group co-founder Ms. Cullours described herself and co-founder Ms. Garza as “trained Marxists” in an interview in 2015.
She said: ‘We have an ideological framework. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers; we are trained Marxists.
“We’re being supervised by, sort of, ideological theories. And I think we’re really trying to build a movement that can be used by a lot of black people.”
American BLM group co-founder, Ms. Cullours, described herself and co-founder Alicia Garza as “trained Marxists” in a 2015 interview
She resigned as executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation — a role she had held for nearly six years — earlier in May this year amid controversy over her real estate portfolio.
The 37-year-old activist told The Associated Press that she is leaving to focus on other projects, including the upcoming release of her second book and a multi-year TV development deal with Warner Bros.
Her departure came after it was revealed last month that she has amassed a $3 million (£2.1 million) property portfolio, despite describing herself as a ‘trained Marxist’.
Britain’s Black Lives Matter group (UKBLM) – which staged a number of BLM marches last year and raised more than £1.2 million through crowdfunding – denies it is a “Marxist organisation”.
Instead, it describes itself as “anti-capitalist” and says it has “Marxist members.”
However, many of those who went on BLM marches last year — and have since shown their support — say they support the Black Lives Matter movement and its causes rather than the group.
Last month it was announced that the Queen and the royal family are supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to a representative of the monarch.
A government insider reportedly told the Telegraph that while the NHS BLM course mentions the BLM group, it “fails to mention” the organisation’s more controversial beliefs.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Black Lives Matter group – UKBLM – denies being a ‘Marxist organisation’. Instead, it describes itself as “anti-capitalist” and says it has “Marxist members.”
In addition to the BLM course, there are also courses ‘what is white privilege’ and ‘the importance of understanding your personal privilege’.
According to the Telegraph, in another of NHS People’s four diversity courses, medics are warned: ‘You can lose ‘friends’ if you commit to anti-racist alliance’.
The course reportedly adds, “To become authentic allies who will be in the fight for the long haul, whites will need to work deliberately and honestly toward understanding white culture and white privilege.”
The courses have been criticized by the Taxpayers’ Alliance, who told the Telegraph: ‘Taxpayers expect their money to be spent on improving NHS frontline services, not wasted business.’
A Whitehall source also reportedly told the Telegraph: “Managers, nurses and doctors are being indoctrinated with deadly doses of untrustworthy diversity and pernicious propaganda – all at the taxpayer’s expense.”
It comes after Mr Javid promised earlier this month that he would be ‘vigilant against any waste’ of the £12bn tax revenue a year on the NHS.
MailOnline has contacted the NHS for comment.