Thanks Zoe. I was having this exact discussion with a friend today. You may wish to read the book "There are no grown-up" (Pamela Druckerman).
We as doctors also need to put our money where our mouth is. c.f. petition, which only garnered 20, 000 signatures.
To all those Caucasian doctors who are positing that "racism works both ways" or "reverse racism", I'm here to tell you that what you are experiencing is merely, discomfort.
Let's talk intersectionality for instance,
lets say I'm
a) lower socio-demographic &
b) have a "funny name" &
c) male and white
ok, that might be a disadvantage but then add
d) black or brown
YOU are not experiencing the same level of racism and you never will in the UK (which is prejudice plus economic power) that myself and my colleagues experience and I think that your protests are a case of perhaps of:
"This conversation is getting too uncomfortable for me as a white, Caucasian male doctor...so let's make the conversation all about me".
No tears from me here I'm afraid. Trust me it's not a position you want to be in. Instead of whinging, acknowledge there is a problem, talk to your BME colleagues with compassion and be part of the solution.
This is wonderful news. But if we want to send a message to the GMC; sign the petition!
Doctors are the enemies of themselves. The only protest the GMC will listen to is withdrawal of funding (c.f. current GMC petition - only 25,000 have signed).
I couldn't agree MORE with most of these comments.
1) Hollow words
2) If he had any professional compass - he would resign - NOW
3) I hope that Dr Bawa-Garba's appeal is successful; if so his position will be untenable.
Thanks Pulse for having the guts to do this. I wish all doctors were so gutsy; case in point- the petition to make GMC tax payer funded is doing is only at 20,000 sigs.