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The NHS owes doctors who trained abroad an apology for racism

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2360 (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2360

Re: The NHS owes doctors who trained abroad an apology for racism

As a native born white-skinned doctor, I am very sad to read about the abuse that Dr Menon and his colleagues endured, and support his call for a collective apology. This is both natural justice and basic courtesy.

Perhaps even more important is that apologising for past wrongs can help us avoid similar mistakes in the future. Sadly, there has been a documented increase in racism in Britain since the Brexit vote. As other commentators have said, there is evidence that BME doctors are still disadvantaged. Our EU colleagues too are wondering if they are welcome here. Doctors are trusted professionals whose views are respected.

We should make plain our collective belief that any form of racism is unacceptable, for the sake of both our colleagues and UK society as a whole

Competing interests: Involved in Hope not Hate and the anti-Brexit movement

08 June 2018
Judith C King
Retired GP
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Walsall