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Ethnic minority staff and patients: a health service failure

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2226 (Published 21 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2226

Re: Ethnic minority staff and patients: a health service failure

It would be interesting to see what the special issue turns up.

I have always classified myself in questionnaires from the DHSS, from the local authorities, etc, as merely Homo sapiens and crossed off the dozen or so boxes asking, in effect, whether one is a green man or blue.

Census forms? I treat them the same - with contempt.

I am sure that the health service has sometimes attributed to me an “ethnicity” without consulting me.

Just in case someone wishes to gift to me the tartan of the Clan Annand or Anan - I will accept it with thanks, but I would like to clarify that my ancestry does not include any Scottish chromosomes. As far as I know.

Competing interests: No competing interests

23 May 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough