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Healthcare leaders reject “damaging” denial that institutional racism exists

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 07 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n911

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Structural racism is a fundamental cause and driver of ethnic disparities in health

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A controversial government commissioned review1 which found “no evidence of systemic or institutional racism” in the UK has been roundly criticised by healthcare leaders.

The review from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED), published last week, was commissioned by the UK government to examine race relations in the UK in the wake of high covid-19 death rates in some ethnic minority groups and last year’s Black Lives Matter protests. But it has faced a fierce backlash after concluding that the UK is “no longer” a country where “the system is deliberately rigged against ethnic minorities.”

The commission, chaired by chief executive of educational charity Generating Genius Tony …

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