Ethnic minority doctors hit glass ceiling in NHS
Anne Gulland London
A new book on racism in medicine has described the discrimination and harassment that ethnic minority doctors face throughout their career.
The book shows that from entry to medical school, to applying for senior house officer posts, to seeking discretionary points (extra payments that doctors can earn at the top of their career), non-white doctors are at a substantial disadvantage.
Naaz Coker, editor of Racism in Medicine: An Agenda for Change, highlighted a “canteen culture” of “racist acts, jokes and statements.” Ms Coker, director of race and diversity at the King's Fund, an independent healthcare charity, which published the book, called on medical institutions to take decisive action to stamp out racism.
She wrote: “Medical institutions have a responsibility to create easily accessible channels for members to report racist incidents. These must be channels in which they can have the confidence that their concerns will be addressed without the members