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Partha Kar: We need leaders who represent the NHS workforce

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 08 February 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o293

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Re: Partha Kar: We need leaders who represent the NHS workforce

Dear Editor

Thank you for publishing what is a very realistic view of the NHS glass ceilings. Dotting Trust boards with a spot of colour here and there, whose opinions can be ignored easily, is a policy that has come into practice so that the tick box exercise is completed. Talking to a friend this morning who has been “nudged” to apply in many places but not had a “tap on the shoulder” sums up the situation very well.

If one is BAME (for want of a better term), talented and honest, one is very unlikely to be appointed into a senior position in the NHS at Trust Board level. It’s worse if you are an International Medical Graduate. There may be willingness and an open mind right at the very top of the system, but it has not percolated through at all. Till the system recognises and addresses that, we have little hope of improving so I won’t hold my breath!

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 February 2022
Nitin C Shrotri
Consultant Urologist (Not in the NHS)
Canterbury, Kent