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New Report Calls for Action on Discrimination in General Practice

Publication date: May 2021

A new report from a working group led by the LMC has highlighted discrimination faced by staff and patients from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds in general practice and calls for a zero tolerance approach to tackle racism in all its forms.

The report, Racism and Discrimination – the experience of primary care professionals in the Humberside region, is based on a survey of clinical staff, managers and administrators working in general practice in the Humber region. 

The survey is part of a Humberside-wide strategy, supported by the four CCGs in the region, to address racial inequalities and barriers, and provide support for all those staff from ethnic minority backgrounds working in primary care. 

238 people responded to the survey distributed by Humberside LMCs, the highest response rate for any consultation we have ever conducted. The responses highlighted respondents’ experiences of discrimination in areas including training, working patterns, and complaints. 

For example, 22% of Black and Minority Ethnic respondents reported that their ability to train in their careers was affected by racism or discrimination. One respondent commented: 

“Comments were made throughout my career that I was an inferior doctor…rather than seeing the positives - awareness of different cultures, languages and attitudes. My background was seen as a negative.” 

The report has been compiled by a working group made up of representatives from general practice and led by Dr Zoe Norris, Medical Director at Humberside LMCs. She says:  

“The report is not an easy read, and starkly illustrates the challenges our colleagues and patients are encountering every day due to racism and discrimination.” 

“It’s based on the lived experience of both clinical and non-clinical staff working in primary care across the Humber region, and we’re incredibly grateful to all the staff who shared what are clearly very difficult experiences with us.” 

“Despite the problems highlighted we hope that, through shining a light on these issues, this will be the beginning of a conversation between all of us working in primary care to tackle discrimination.”

Download the report (PDF). 

Please contact us with any queries or comments. 

 

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