A British Medical Association (BMA) report on racism in the NHS “depicts the scale of their adverse experience in the workplace” including “being overlooked for promotion, forced to change their chosen speciality, feelings of isolation, exclusion and being unsafe at work.”
Six in ten respondents to the BMA’s survey from Asian backgrounds, 57% from Black backgrounds, 45% from mixed backgrounds reported that racism has had an impact on career progression.
The report also found that:
Experiences of racism begin from the very onset of training, where ethnic minority medical students report bullying and harassment at four times the rate of white peers. It continues after they qualify as a doctor where they are additionally twice as likely to be referred for disciplinary processes, are less supported to pass postgraduate examinations, and face an ethnicity pay gap.
Fitness to practise
The BMA report found that
Ethnic minority doctors are more than twice as likely to report that bullying is a problem in their workplace and are twice as likely to be referred for fitness-to-practice processes by their employer, compared to White doctors. In addition, ethnic minority doctors are nearly twice as likely not to raise patient safety concerns because of fear of being blamed.