Award scheme discriminates against ethnic minority doctorsBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7134.797p (Published 14 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:797
- John Warden
Consultants from ethnic minority groups are to receive a larger share of merit awards from this year onwards. This follows the annual report of the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards, which found that consultants from ethnic minority groups, who form 13.9% of the total, held only 4.8% of awards in 1996.
The health minister, Alan Milburn, said: “The report … shows an unacceptable level of inequality in the distribution of distinction awards. The government will not tolerate racial discrimination in the NHS.”
The awards are given to …