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New indicators will track doctors’ careers to expose racism

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 17 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3659
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

NHS England has launched a new set of indicators to expose ethnic disparities in the medical workforce, with data set to be presented to trusts later this year.1

The Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard (MWRES) has been created to capture “several issues” particular to doctors that are not picked up by the general NHS staff WRES introduced in 2015.

Around two fifths (41%) of the NHS’s doctors are from ethnic minority groups, but evidence shows that they are less likely to be treated favourably than their white colleagues and have poorer experience and progression opportunities.

The document outlining the new indicators says that there are several areas in which more granular data …

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