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Sexism and sexual harassment at the BMA

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 25 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6200
  1. Jane Dacre, professor of medical education
  1. University College London, London, UK
  1. j.dacre{at}

Culture change is everyone’s responsibility, finds independent review

In April 2019 the BMA commissioned an independent review into concerns raised by two members of its GP committee, Zoe Norris and Katie Bramall-Stainer. Both women publicly alleged several incidents that they thought showed a culture of sexism, sexual harassment, and bullying within the committee, detailing what they described as the “dark, dinosaur infested depths of the world of GP politics.”1 The review was led by Daphne Romney, QC, who was asked to establish the extent to which the claims were substantiated and to make recommendations for any changes needed to tackle the problem.2

Depressing reading

This independent investigation makes depressing reading.2 Women have been working in medicine for 100 years now, and yet this report suggests they are still treated differently, and inappropriately, by some of their colleagues. Despite evidence that organisations that have equality at the most senior level perform better across several measures, we still struggle to achieve …

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