Equality matters

Equality matters is the BMA’s advocacy programme designed to promote equality for all doctors and medical students working in our health service.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Wednesday 16 December 2020
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Equality matters is built on four key values that aim to give doctors equal access to opportunities, free from prejudice and discrimination.

Our values

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  • Equality matters because it's morally right, and so every medical student and doctor can progress and achieve their full potential.
  • Equality matters because organisations rooted in equality, diversity and inclusivity are more productive, harmonious and have more content staff.
  • Equality matters because it's good for the NHS and patient care - since it brings out the best of the capability of the medical workforce.
  • Equality matters in the BMA so that it may harness the talent in our elected representatives to act on behalf of our members and to stand by the standards we expect in the NHS. 

The programme will help us all to tackle any signs of discrimination and inappropriate behaviour. The BMA will continue to lobby for decisive action to end discrimination, and for processes and procedures that support doctors to fulfil their potential.


Training modules

These modules will help to improve your awareness and perception of equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Each module consists of short video clips featuring workplace scenarios and multiple-choice assessment quizzes, and each will take approximately 20 to 60 minutes to complete.

You can access these modules, which have been created by Skill Boosters, via your BMJ learning account. If you don't have an account you can register for one.

The modules available are:


Our policy work

The BMA’s Equalities, Inclusion and Culture (EIC) policy team engages with key external stakeholders on policy-related EIC matters.

We produce research, briefings and guidance for members who are looking to implement equality and inclusion policies into their practices, and influence policy development in their locality.

Our recent work includes:


Race equality in medicine summit

On the 11 July 2018 the BMA invited key stakeholders and experts to discuss race equality in medicine.

The event identified actions to address a range of issues including:

  • differential attainment in medical education and training
  • widening access to the profession
  • ensuring fairness in fitness to practise proceedings
  • preventing disproportionate disciplinary action
  • race equality in primary and secondary care

It also included a panel discussion focused on how we can change the system to create a more supportive and inclusive environment for BME doctors and medical students.

Creating a turning point on race equality in medicine
Creating a turning point on race equality in medicine
Panellists and speakers

The event was chaired by BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul, previous BMA president Dinesh Bhugra and previous representative body chair Anthea Mowat:

  • Chaand Nagpaul - opening address and first session
  • Dinesh Bhugra - panel session
  • Anthea Mowat - final session.

Speakers and panellists included:

  • Aneez Esmail, University of Manchester
  • Anna Rowland, GMC
  • Roger Kline, Middlesex University
  • Subodh Dave, Royal College of Psychiatrists associate dean for trainee support
  • Ronx Ikharia, emergency medicine doctor, Barts NHS Trust
  • Ramesh Mehta, BAPIO president
  • Amit Kochhar, BMA staff grade, associate specialist and specialty doctor committee chair
  • Chandra Kanneganti, British International Doctors Association chair
  • Dinesh Bhugra, BMA President (2018-19)
  • Emma Wiley, British Islamic Medical Association
  • Olamide Dada, Melanin Medics
  • Terry John, BMA international committee chair
  • Yvonne Coghill, NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard director
  • Anthea Mowat, previous BMA representative body chair.

Get in touch

If you'd like to share your ideas or feedback about how we can further the work of this programme, please email [email protected].