Previous Article Next Article Racist doctor selection a ‘shameful waste of talent’On 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Personnel managers need to be more involved in the recruitment of doctorsaccording to a health charity, which claims that Asian and black doctors arefar less likely to be chosen for the best jobs than their white colleagues. A new book by independent health charity King’s Fund, Racism in medicine: Anagenda for change, also states that doctors from ethnic minorities are morelikely to be working in unpopular specialties and in inner-city generalpractices and are far less likely to be consultants. Naaz Coker, King’s Fund race and diversity director, claims black and Asiandoctors are angry about the discrimination they face, and said health serviceHR staff should take an active part in recruiting doctors. He said, “This is a shameful waste of talent. Doctors from black andminority ethnic groups are still being sidelined. Harassment and bullying, fromcolleagues and patients, are daily facts of life. “The profession’s leaders must act now to tackle racist behaviour amongtheir ranks and promote equal opportunities for all.” Lew Swift, head of HR at the Walton Centre for Neuro-science andNeuro-surgery, agrees with the report’s recommendation, but said he had notcome across institutionalised racial discrimination in the health service. But he said, “If the survey is correct, then it is obviouslyunacceptable and must be stamped out, though racial discrimination may well beregionalised”. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.