A NEW “ethical hub” on tackling racism in the workplace has been launched by the General Medical Council (GMC) on its website.
The hub brings together current GMC guidance and aims to support those who experience discrimination either personally or as a bystander. The content is intended to highlight expectations of employers and medical leaders to “foster inclusive cultures” where racism is challenged, and to signpost how and where a concern or issue can be raised.
The GMC says tackling discrimination and inequality continues to be an urgent priority for health services. It cites a recent survey by the British Medical Association which reported that 76 per cent of respondents had experienced racism in their workplace on at least one occasion in the last two years.
Professor Colin Melville, Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards at the GMC said: “Everyone has the right to come to work without fear of experiencing racism, but as we know only too well, and as the BMA’s recent survey underlines, this is a very real challenge that we must work together on across our healthcare system.
‘We are clear: there is zero tolerance for racism of any kind, and we all have a responsibility to act when we witness it.”
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