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Disabled doctors are not getting the workplace adjustments they need, research finds

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 12 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3189
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Disabled doctors and medical students are too afraid to discuss their disability at work for fear of prejudice, and only half have the workplace adjustments that they need, research by the BMA has found.

An online survey of disabled doctors and medical students, conducted by the BMA from November 2019 to January 2020, received 705 responses from around the UK.1

Over three quarters of respondents (77%) were worried about being treated unfavourably if they disclosed a disability or long term health condition. Only two in five (41%) said that telling their workplace or medical school had led to …

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