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Ethnic pay gap among NHS doctors

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 05 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3586
  1. John Appleby, director of research and chief economist, Nuffield Trust, London, UK
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It’s not just women who have a discrepancy in pay, John Appleby finds—and the ethnic differences warrant further investigation and explanation

The secretary of state recently commissioned the president of the Royal College of Physicians, Jane Dacre, to examine the gender pay gap among doctors in the NHS,1 but is it time we examined the ethnic pay gap, too?

Although race and sex are both “protected characteristics” listed by the Equality Act 2010,2 there is no requirement for organisations to report pay gaps by ethnicity (or indeed any of the other seven protected characteristics).

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world3 and the single largest employer in the UK with around …

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