"I think there is white privilege, I think there are people having unconscious bias, there are people coming to interview and not performing because they see a panel in front of them that do not believe in diversity, and I want to do something to change that," chief executive of Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Trust Sarah Marsh said.
According to Marsh, NHS senior staff insufficiently represents the diversity of the society, while the national health service is heavily reliant on BAME support workers.
"There are only a handful of BAME chief executives in the NHS, then when you get to board and just below board level the figures drop away, certainly in comparison to the workforce. If we did not have BAME staff we would not have an NHS," she stressed.
According to the latest figures, 18 percent of the 1.2 million NHS staff are from a BAME background, with 27 percent of them being lowest paid support staff, compared to only five percent of very senior managers, the broadcaster noted.