Editorials

Discrimination in medicine

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7346.1112 (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1112

The BMJ careers discrimination matching scheme could help

  1. Rhona MacDonald, editor, Career focus (rmacdonald@bmj.com)
  1. BMJ, London WC1H 9JR

    As the current political situation in France shows, discrimination is rife. So why should the situation in medicine be any different? The 50 rapid responses to our recent editorial on racism in medicine are proof that discrimination in medicine is alive and well.1 This is hardly surprising in a culture where a consultant surgeon thinks there is nothing wrong in saying to a junior: “You are not operating on bloody Nigerians here. You are operating on normal human beings.”2

    But discrimination has many forms, not just racial. At a time where more than 60% of students applying to British medical schools are female, only 6% of consultant surgeons are women. 3 4 In addition, over 90% of women want to work part …

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