It’s time to act on racism in the NHSBMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m568 (Published 13 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m568
- Victor Adebowale, incoming chair, NHS Confederation,
- Mala Rao, professor, Imperial College London
- Correspondence to: Mala Rao
Ethnic minority doctors and patients still face too many injustices in the NHS. The BMJ’s special issue on racism in medicine (bmj.com/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 …