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NHS administrator raises alarm about counter-extremism in health sector

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An NHS administrator was one of the first individuals to report concerns with counter-extremism in health, when he was faced with Prevent training “out of the nowhere” at work.

ZX is a British national, 28 years of age, and at the time of writing had been working for the NHS for the past two years, where he thoroughly enjoys his work.

However, whilst receiving adult-vulnerability training on safeguarding, ZX said he was trained on directly on Prevent and how to spot and report “signs of radicalisation” in patients.

He had serious concerns about this, and wanted to know whether it was lawful or unlawful to train NHS staff in implementation of the policy.

ZX made it clear that it was a small section, but he found it absurd that all NHS staff should be trained about “signs of radicalisation”. ZX explained that this happened “out of nowhere”.

The training included referring patients to Prevent, but he noted that “there were no criteria for extremism or radicalisation in the training”, and he was concerned about the risk if he did not refer anyone.

ZX mentioned that he was the only Muslim staff at the hospital being trained.

He had found it uncomfortable, as the rest of the work force were non-Muslim. They didn’t have any problems with receiving the Prevent training.

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