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It’s time to act on racism in the NHS

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 13 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m568
  1. Victor Adebowale, incoming chair, NHS Confederation,
  2. Mala Rao, professor, Imperial College London
  1. Correspondence to: Mala Rao mala.rao{at}

Ethnic minority doctors and patients still face too many injustices in the NHS. The BMJ’s special issue on racism in medicine ( maps some of them and asks how they might be overcome, from the fivefold higher maternal mortality among black women than among white women in the UK (doi:10.1136/bmj.m442; doi:10.1136/bmj.m424) to the gap in performance between white and ethnic minority students and doctors (doi:10.1136/bmj.m438) and the increased likelihood of disciplinary procedures against ethnic minority doctors (doi:10.1136/bmj.m338).

In a joint BMJ and BMA investigation Zosia Kmietowicz found that medical schools are poor at recording students’ complaints of racial …

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