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NHS racism puts block on doctors' careers

Racism is still rife in the NHS and plays a major part in doctors' access to medical careers, a BMA report has revealed.

Seven out of 10 doctors from ethnic minorities said ethnicity played a significant role in early career opportunities.

The survey, based on a cohort study of 500 medical graduates who qualified in 1995, also found that 86 per cent of doctors from an ethnic minority and 59 per cent overall believed ethnicity played a significant role in career advancement.

Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the BMA's head of science and ethics, said the report made 'very uncomfortable reading'.

'Shortlisting and appointment to medical training posts should be anonymised ­ this was called for around 10 years ago,' she said.

'Also, medical schools should introduce modules in cultural diversity in the undergraduate curriculum.'

The report recommended making the selection process for training posts more transparent and objective.

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