UK National Health Service He risks experiencing an exodus of African American doctorsAnd the Asian and ethnic minorities due to “persistent” and “unbearable” levels of racism in the workplace, according to a landmark report.
The British Medical Association’s report, one of the most comprehensive of its kind on racism in the medical profession, paints a “disturbing” picture of “institutional obstacles” to career progression, and “remarkably low levels” of reporting incidents of racism and a growing mindlessness. The health burden of ethnic minority physicians.
Medical Syndicate ReportS identifies a “systemic failure” across the NHS and calls on health officials to “urgently end structural racism” and “correcting disproportionate outcomes” related to occupations and job satisfaction, or risk losing thousands of doctors who are part of the profession.
Its publication coincides with the opening day of the NHS ConfedExpo conference in Liverpool, where thousands of NHS leaders will gather to discuss issues facing the health sector in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. And theThe most pressing issue is the growing employment crisisThe National Health Service lacks thousands of doctors and is desperately trying to retain or hire medical staff.
A British Medical Association (BMA) report revealed that a large number of doctors face racial inequality at work, causing them to not be considered for promotion, forced to change specialties or forced to resign.
The report has warned of a “potentially tragic waste” since then A survey found that 60% of Asian physicians and 57% of African American physicians consider racism an obstacle to career advancement.. On the other hand, many doctors who were exposed to racism while on the job indicated that their mental health had deteriorated.
As a result of racial discrimination, 42% of African Americans and 41% of Asian physicians have considered leaving or have left in the past two years.
A British Medical Association survey of 2030 doctors found that ethnic minority doctors face racial discrimination on many fronts, from their superiors to their patients. One of the female doctors commented in the poll that she was described as a “Muslim whore” and that her complaint to her boss was met with “silence”..
Dr Chand Nagpol, Chairman of the British Medical Association Council, said: “The NHS was set up on the principle of equal care for patients regardless of who they are, however, This report shows that the NHS has shamefully failed on this principle With regard to their physicians, those from ethnic minorities have reported alarming levels of unfair treatment and racial inequality at work.”
“It is deeply concerning that many of those surveyed did not report racism, either out of fear of accusations, being labeled as troublemakers, or lack of confidence that the matter would be properly investigated. This means that doctors suffer in silence, and that the true scale of racism is undetected or addressed.“.
All this translates into a tragic waste of potential, as doctors from ethnic minorities are oppressed, deprived or simply leave the profession. Racism destroys the lives of many doctors, affects patient care, and threatens services. It’s already too late to talk about this.”
The British Medical Association report was published four months later guardian A major study by the NHS Race and Health observatory of patient care has revealed “overwhelming” health disparities among ethnic minorities in the world’s National Health Service.
The report warned that “widespread” and “pervasive” inequality in all aspects of health care it examined was harming the health of millions of patients, noting racism, racial discrimination, barriers to accessing health care and poor data collection related to ethnicity. A ‘negative impact’ on the health of African AmericansAnd Asian and ethnic minorities in England for years.
Professor Anton Emmanuel, Director of the Racial Equality Standard for NHS England Staff, commented: “No one should suffer from racism, discrimination or prejudice at work, this is totally unacceptable and NHS institutions must adopt a zero-tolerance approach to any and all forms of discrimination.
Emmanuel noted that “decisive measures” were recently adopted to combat existing disparities in the NHS and that progress was being made, but also acknowledged “we know there is still work to be done.”.
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