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Letters Racism: the other pandemic

Racism: decolonising the NHS

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 10 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2719
  1. Joanna Dobbin, academic clinical fellow in primary care and population health1,
  2. Rahma Abdi, GP registrar2
  1. 1UCL Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG, UK
  2. 2Whipps Cross Hospital, London, UK
  1. j.dobbin{at}

We agree with the editor’s comments around racism.1 But when discussing matters relating to migration, ethnicity, and race, although each subject contains unique issues, the three are intrinsically linked. The overlap between racism and migration is particularly pertinent when discussing colonialism.

The NHS’s complicity in the “hostile environment” is just one example of how the UK continues to benefit from its colonial past. Looking at the list …

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