BMA report highlights black and minority ethnic doctors

A report chronicling the experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) doctors working in the NHS has been produced by the BMA to mark October 2008's Black History Month.

Professor Bhupinder Sandhu, co-chairman of the BMA's equal opportunities committee, said: ‘Black and ethnic minority doctors are often the unsung heroes of the NHS and yet their contribution is immense. With more than a third of the NHS workforce now coming from BME backgrounds it is fitting that the BMA produces a document to pay tribute to them.'

The report features quotes from GPs including London's Dr Terry John who says: ‘I also think that BME doctors provide good role models for young black people. Too often such people look to footballers and musicians as role models. They forget to look to professionals like doctors who are doing their bit for the community and who provide a more stable reference point for disaffected youth.'

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