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Creating a turning point on race equality in medicine

Future vision, collaborative event, 2018
Members discussing the creation of a supportive culture in the NHS

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.


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