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Positive discrimination is still elitist

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 17 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c903
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

Imagine a profession filled with ageing white men, men of great power and sometimes great wisdom, with many years of experience. Some used their power to appoint other white men to replace them. And some used their power inappropriately because they didn’t like anyone who wasn’t white like them. Not all were bad, but there was a conspiracy of silence covering all this up until the whole house of cards fell down.

I’m talking not about medicine but the police. Last week the conviction of the corrupt Metropolitan Police commander …

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