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Commission asked to investigate racist discrimination against doctors

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1271
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    A UK politician has asked the Commission for Racial Equality to investigate whether some doctors working for the NHS experience racial discrimination by being denied progression to consultant status.

    Dr Evan Harris, the health spokesman for the Liberal Democrat party, last week wrote to the Commission for Racial Equality, the statutory body responsible for enforcing the Race Relations Act, asking it to examine whether doctors from ethnic minorities were being treated unfairly in the limitations on their career progression.

    He asked the commission to look specifically at the situation of doctors working in non-consultant career grade posts, over 60% of which are held by doctors from ethnic minorities.

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