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Racism in psychiatry necessitates reappraisal of general procedures and Eurocentric theories

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:254
  1. S P Sashidharan, Professor of community psychiatry,
  2. Errol Francis, Director, Frantz Fanon Centre for Mental Health
  1. Northern Birmingham Mental Health (NHS) Trust, Academic Unit, Birmingham B23 6A

    EDITOR—We agree with the comment in Editor's Choice (in issue of 6 March) that the effects of the Stephen Lawrence case and the inquiry into it will be far reaching and that no public institution will be exempt. We doubt, though, that the soul searching that has followed the publication of the inquiry report will result in corrective action against institutional racism in the NHS. McKenzie's editorial is an indication of this1: although he marshals the evidence to argue that institutional racism is very much part of the structure, procedures, and culture in the NHS, …

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