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Asian doctors are still being discriminated against

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 31 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1619
  1. Aneez Esmail, Vice presidenta,
  2. Sam Everington, Vice presidenta
  1. a Medical Practitioners Union, London

    Editor—Five years ago, when we published our research on the discrimination faced by ethnic minority doctors applying for posts as senior house officers,1 the Department of Health considered using our methodology to monitor progress in tackling discrimination. At a recent BMA conference to discuss racial discrimination in the medical profession several speakers pointed out that racial discrimination was still endemic in the NHS and that direct policy initiatives to tackle specific examples of discrimination–for example, in the shortlisting of job applications for hospital posts–were lacking.2 …

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