Indian doctors face promotion bias in Britain: probe report

Sep 28 2013, 08:54 IST
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White applicants are more successful in securing senior hospital doctor jobs in England compared with doctors from ethnic minority backgrounds. White applicants are more successful in securing senior hospital doctor jobs in England compared with doctors from ethnic minority backgrounds.
SummaryIndian-origin doctors have long been seen as backbone of NHS with over 25,000 practising in UK.

Doctors from India and other ethnic minority communities in Britain are less likely to be promoted to senior hospital jobs, a latest medical investigation found.

The BMJ Careers journal found that in 2012, 13.8 per cent of white applicants to senior hospital doctor jobs in England were successful in securing the role they applied for, compared with just 4.8 per cent of doctors from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Black doctors were the least likely to secure consultant, specialist or other senior doctor roles, with a success rate of only 2.7 per cent.

Asian and British Asian doctors had a mildly better ratio at 5.72 per cent, with a total of 2,514 appointed last year.

Indian-origin doctors have long been seen as the backbone of the NHS with over 25,000 practising in the UK. But concerns around discrimination within the country’s health service had recently forced the General Medical Council (GMC),the doctor’s watchdog in the UK, to investigate.

Another paper, also published by the British Medical Journal, found that ethnic minority doctors were much more likely to fail the exam required to practice as a general practitioner (GP).

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