Saturday 26 November 2022 06:41 PM BBC, police and NHS workers have also raised 'serious concerns over racism and ... trends now

Saturday 26 November 2022 06:41 PM BBC, police and NHS workers have also raised 'serious concerns over racism and ... trends now
Saturday 26 November 2022 06:41 PM BBC, police and NHS workers have also raised 'serious concerns over racism and ... trends now

Saturday 26 November 2022 06:41 PM BBC, police and NHS workers have also raised 'serious concerns over racism and ... trends now

Lawyer Nazir Afzal, who led a damning report into a toxic culture inside London Fire Brigade said employees at the NHS, the BBC and police have also raised 'serious concerns' 

The lawyer who led a damning report into a toxic culture of bullying, racism and misogyny inside London Fire Brigade said employees at the NHS, the BBC and police have also raised 'serious concerns' about the way they are treated.

An independent culture review of London Fire Brigade (LFB), led by Nazir Afzal - a former chief crown prosecutor for the North West - found 'dangerous levels of ingrained prejudice against women', while colleagues from minority backgrounds are 'frequently the target of racist abuse'.

Now Mr Afzal has called for a 'national inquiry' into other public bodies, saying he has been approached in the past 24 hours by several people who work for them.

Speaking at a briefing at the LFB headquarters in central London on Saturday, he said: 'There are members of five different police forces who have approached me and said similar concerns about their own forces, I won't name them.

'I've had approaches, it may shock, from the BBC and I've had approaches from the National Health Service.

'They are pivotal to the British society, these organisations, and yet there are people within them that are seriously concerned about the way they're being treated within their organisations.

'I don't know what to do. The BBC won't ask me, the NHS won't ask me. Somebody needs to ask the people who work in these organisations and policing.

'I can assure you there are 43 police forces with problems and with serious concerns and yet you currently know only about two.

'There needs to be a national inquiry, particularly in relation to misogyny, because this is a subject that hasn't had the attention that it deserves.'

Mr Afzal said a national

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