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NHS must tackle racial discrimination against staff and patients, report says

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 23 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4781
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Researchers have called for the NHS and wider society in England to act urgently on “persistent low levels of wellbeing” in black and minority ethnic (BME) communities resulting from experiences of racism, exclusion, and discrimination.

Their study found a marked difference in wellbeing among BME groups compared with their white counterparts, even after controlling for known factors that can influence wellbeing, such as employment, housing, and household income. It found “evidence of ethnic inequalities across every dimension of life”—contributing to lower levels of self reported wellbeing, as well as prospects of poorer health outcomes and reduced life expectancy.

Yvonne Coghill, who leads on inclusion and coaching at the NHS Leadership Academy, said, “This report is the clearest description and explanation of the scale and nature of race discrimination in England that I have read for a very long time.”

The review of ethnic “disparities” in wellbeing and their possible causes was funded by the University of East London and launched at a House of …

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