GMC launches new hub to challenge racism and discrimination

The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched a new resource to support doctors facing racism at work.

A new 'hub' will be launched to give advice on how to tackle racism either personally or as a bystander, and highlights the expectations of employers and medical leaders to foster inclusive cultures.

The hub will also examine real-life examples where doctors have experienced racism.

The GMC said: "Tackling discrimination and inequality continues to be an urgent priority for health services.

"The GMC has committed to working with organisations to drive forward change, setting targets on tackling inequality"

The hub can be found on the GMC website.

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.

"We understand speaking up in the moment or acting upon racist behaviour in the workplace can be challenging or daunting, so it’s important for support and guidance to be readily available and easily accessible. Equally, we must encourage working cultures where doctors feel supported and empowered to speak up, if discrimination of any kind does take place."

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