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White doctors in London are six times more likely to be offered jobs than black doctors

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 13 October 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2460

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Black and Asian doctors still face discrimination when applying for jobs in the NHS

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NHS trusts should be openly sharing their data on ethnicity and recruitment

  1. Samara Linton
  1. London

White doctors applying for medical posts in London are six times more likely to be offered a job than black applicants, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.

The new data also show that white doctors are four times more likely to be successful than Asian candidates or candidates from a mixed ethnic background.

The figures were uncovered by Sheila Cunliffe, a senior human resources professional who works in workforce transformation across the NHS and the wider public sector. Cunliffe sent freedom of information requests to all 18 NHS acute trusts in London asking for a breakdown by ethnicity for 2020-21 of the numbers of applicants for medical jobs, shortlisted candidates, …

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