About the summit
On the 11 July 2018 the BMA invited key stakeholders and experts to discuss race equality in medicine.
The event focused on identifying 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.
At the summit
The event was chaired by BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul, incoming BMA president Dinesh Bhugra and 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, BMA representative body chair
This event was an important part of creating a future vision for the NHS. Finding solutions to race equality issues will be essential if we are to create a supportive, learning culture for all doctors and medical students.
Hear from the speakers
Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair: Creating a turning point on race equality in medicine
Aneeze Esmail, University of Manchester: 25 years of campaigning on race equality - what has been achieved and what is there still to do
Subodh Dave, Royal College of Psychiatrists associate dean for trainee support: Narrowing the gap in attainment for BME students and trainees
Ronx Ikharia, Barts NHS Trust emergency medicine: Effective action to widen access to the profession - 'A personal story'.
Anna Rowland, GMC Assistant Director of fitness-to-practice: Ensuring fairness in fitness-to-practise proceedings
Roger Kline, Research Fellow, Middlesex University: Preventing disproportionate disciplinary action by employers
Amit Kochhar, BMA SAS Doctors Committee UK chair: Race equality in secondary care
Chandra Kanneganti, BMA GPC member and BIDA chair: Race equality in primary care
Dinesh Bhugra, BMA President: Panel discussion - How can we better support BME doctors and medical students? How can we change the system to create a more supportive and inclusive environment?
Ramesh Mehta, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
Emma Wiley, British Islamic Medical Association
Olamide Dada, Melanin Medics
Yvonne Coghill, NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard director: NHS England's Workforce Race Equality Standard - how can it help BME doctors?
Find out what happened on the day
Call to stamp out inequality - read more about what was discussed at the conference.
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Terry John, BMA International committee: GP Terry John speaks about his arrival to the UK from Trinidad and Tobago on the BMA podcast