BAME trainee doctors in ‘climate of fear’ over racism

Many black, Asian and minority ethnic trainee doctors are experiencing a “climate of fear” at medical schools amid a failure to address widespread racism, according to the British Medical Association, The Guardian is reporting.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chairman, said the schools’ inadequate response to racism had left many BAME afraid to speak out.

Nagpaul said there was a worrying disparity between the significant scale of racist incidents BAME students raised with the association and the tiny number of formal complaints.

Olamide Dada, founder of Melanin Medics, a group that supports students and doctors from African and Caribbean communities, said medical schools often “preferred to ignore racism”. She added: “A lot of the time the problem is seen as separate to, rather than a problem with, the institution. I think that separation has contributed to the magnitude of the problem.”

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