Investigating racial discrimination in the NHSBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6993.1532a (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1532
EDITOR,—I was delighted to read that the BMA is to set up a small group looking into racial discrimination in the NHS and medical organisations.1 As a past member of the Commission for Racial Equality for six years, I would offer a word of caution: the group should avoid the pitfalls of internal auditing and investigation and get the commission involved. This would provide the BMA with both credibility and, more importantly, the necessary skill. The Commission for Racial Equality has a large and relevant reservoir of information on discrimination in the NHS. It would also set initial guidelines for the BMA and suggest recommendations on remedial measures. An internal approach never succeeds, as has been evident with complaints against the police. The BMA has not got the necessary skill.