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All male candidate lists for senior roles highlight BMA’s lack of progress on equality, say female leaders

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1525 (Published 22 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1525
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

The BMA has defended its record on promoting equality, after an all male list of candidates for the top elected posts of chair of council and treasurer sparked claims that it has been too slow to act over alleged “institutional sexism.”

Leading female doctors said they were “very disappointed” with what seemed to be a lack of meaningful change at the BMA when it came to removing barriers to female leadership since a review into sexism and sexual harassment at the association by Daphne Romney QC was published in 2019.1

The four candidates to succeed Chaand Nagpaul as the BMA’s chair of council are Phil Banfield, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology in North Wales, Tom Dolphin, a consultant anaesthetist in London, Vishal Sharma, a consultant cardiologist in Liverpool, and David Wrigley, …

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