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News BMA annual representative meeting, Llandudno, 28 June to 1 July

Doctors' careers are blighted by discrimination, says BMA

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:11
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Llandudno

    The BMA has called for a strategy of “zero tolerance” towards discrimination against doctors in the NHS, after research has found that doctors' careers are being blocked on grounds of disability, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender.

    For its report the BMA interviewed 25 self selected doctors who had experienced discrimination. The doctors were asked about what had happened to them, how their experiences had made them feel, and how they thought things should change.

    Their experiences showed that discrimination was widespread throughout the NHS and that not enough was being done to tackle it, the report says.

    One woman commented: “I have encountered extreme obstacles in my career progression to the point where I frankly didn't really want …

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