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BMA report finds a third of doctors surveyed are leaving the NHS due to racism

A landmark racism report from the British Medical Association (BMA), a professional association and union representing and bargaining on behalf of all doctors in the UK, has revealed a profession threatened by a major exodus of ethnic minority doctors , due to persistent and intolerable levels of racism encountered on a personal and institutional level.

Almost a third of doctors surveyed had considered leaving the National Health Service (NHS) or had done so in the past two years due to racial discrimination, 42% of black doctors and 41% of Asian doctors , in particular, having considered leaving or having left.

As quoted by The Guardian, Professor Anton Emmanuel, head of Workforce Racial Equality Standard at NHS England, said: “No one should experience racism, discrimination or prejudice at work, c is totally unacceptable and NHS organizations should adopt a zero tolerance approach. to all and to all forms of discrimination.

Emmanuel said ‘decisive action’ had recently been taken to address inequalities in the NHS and progress was being made, but he also conceded that ‘we know there is still work to be done’.

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The survey, one of the most comprehensive of its kind on the experience of racism in the medical profession and in the workplace, paints a picture of institutional barriers to career progression, dangerously low levels of reporting racist incidents and an increasing burden on the mental health of minority physicians.

The report identifies a systemic failure that will require every healthcare organization to work together to end structural racism and rectify the disproportionate outcomes in careers and job satisfaction faced by different ethnic groups.

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