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Letters Epidemic of abuse by patients and public

Another epidemic: racial abuse from patients and the public

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 27 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1083
  1. Hoda K Amar, foundation year 2 doctor
  1. Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK
  1. hodakamar{at}

I was struck by the reports of physical and racial abuse in the emergency department.1 Abuse in healthcare, albeit worsened by the impact of coronavirus, is not a new phenomenon, nor is the epidemic of racial abuse. In 2020, the NHS Staff Survey found that 28.9% of ethnic minority staff had experienced at least one incident of bullying, …

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