Dame Louise Casey’s recent report on social cohesion in Britain recommended that holders of positions in the public sector should swear an oath of allegiance to British values such as tolerance. Last week, Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities, said that he was ‘drawn’ to the recommendation because it was ‘impossible for people to play a positive role in public life unless they accepted basic values like democracy and equality’.
The Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) has organised a social media survey of healthcare workers in response to these comments.
In the survey which asked the simple question ‘should public sector employees be required to sign an oath of allegiance?’, 81% of respondents voted ‘no’.
Chief Executive of the IHM, Jill Debene, commented:-
“Health and social care professionals in Britain are recruited from across the international cultural and geographical spectrum. What really unites them is a shared determination to deliver first class care to patients and other vulnerable members of society. Talk of a collective mandatory allegiance to certain values is neither widely understood nor widely embraced. It is the quality of behaviours and delivery of exemplary skills that defines health and social care professionals.”
Jill Debene, CEO of IHM: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07958 086938
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