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'Planning blight' warning

Professor Aneez Esmail has once again highlighted the ugly situation of institutional racism in the NHS (News, April 23). As he points out, 30 per cent of the NHS workforce suffer disadvantage in fulfilling their career aspirations.

Successive governments in this country invite overseas doctors to provide health services but, once they arrive, the same patterns of service and betrayal continue.

How long these doctors will be subjected to this humiliation is not clear. The BMA, GMC and the royal colleges profess to have introduced various measures to look at the discrimination in their procedures, however very little progress is made.

There is no proper monitoring process and no accountability. Very few organisations represent south Asian doctors in this country and those that do profess to represent their interests have no political clout.

It is time for all political parties to take up this issue.

Dr S Venugopal

Retired GP,

Past President ODA,

past member GMC and

BMA Council

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