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This year sees the NHS’s 70th anniversary and, in celebrating this milestone, many of us will also wish to remember and reaffirm the NHS’s founding principles of equity and fairness.These principles should apply across every aspect of the NHS including to its workforce. Sadly, when it comes to the issue of racial inequality in the NHS, we know that there is still much work to be done.Inequalities exist across all levels of our health service. From differential attainment between BME (black and minority ethnic) and white students at medical school, to BME doctors disproportionately experiencing bullying and harassment once in the workplace.BME doctors are also more likely to be referred to the GMC, not by their patients but by their own employers, and more likely to face sanctions once referred.It is not just harassment and regulatory reprimand that affect BME doctors disproportionately. Dedicated and successful BME doctors are also less likely to see their achievements be given the recognition they deserve.The impact of such inequalities can significantly affect a doctor’s career and well-being. Furthermore, not only is racial inequality unfair to doctors, it is also unfair to patients, who are ultimately being denied the full potential and capability of the medical workforce as a result.It was for these reasons that earlier this month the BMA hosted the largest event we have ever held focused on the issues of inequality in our NHS and what solutions need to be pursued.During the course of the day-long event, we heard from figures from across the medical sector. These included Aneez Esmail, a professor of general practice who has been behind some of the most seminal studies into racial discrimination in the NHS.I truly believe that by continuing to have open and frank discussions around the issues relating to race inequality, we really can bring about a turning point in our health service.Ultimately, what all of us want to see is an NHS which fosters a culture of support and learning, not blame and fear, an NHS which provides fair and equal opportunity for each doctor to fulfil their potential.Chaand Nagpaul is BMA council chair Find out more about the event
BMA is useless when BME face any problems which they were put into at work. Complete waste of time and money
What do you do whena White boss tells you to lie in money fraud and when you refuse harasses you
NHS is an institutionally racist and bullying organisation due to morally corrupt doctors in leadership roles. Shameful and disgusting!
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Given so much money was spent in the Hadiza Bawa Garba case by managers doing " investigations" and " learning processes" Band 8-9 salary and a bunch of judges £350-400 per hour have to then turn around and state the nhs is an " agent of harm", these judges have to look at putting court orders to put unemployed BME doctors in hospital to do the band 5/6 work.
Additonally shouldn't the taxman be reclaiming extra taxes off the managers for wasting so much NHS time?? torturing the junior doctors and stopping them from taking care of the patient's?