According to the 2021 Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard indicators, Black minority ethnic doctors reported a worse experience at work regarding discrimination compared to white doctors, from medical school to consultant level:
When Black minority ethnic doctors become consultants, they report greater levels of discrimination and harassment and lower levels of feeling ‘involved’ at work. Despite this, Black minority ethnic doctors reported greater or equal levels of ‘motivation’ at work:
- 41.9% (53 157) of the medical and dental workforce in NHS Trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in England are from a Black minority ethnic background, compared to 14% Black minority ethnic people in the population.
- Compared to 2017, the number of Black minority ethnic doctors has increased by 21.1% (9263). Over the same period, the number of white doctors has increased by 2.4% (1466).
- Black minority ethnic doctors are:
- under-represented in consultant-grade roles
- over-represented in other doctor grades and doctors in postgraduate training
- under-represented in academic positions.
- The shortlisting and interview process discriminates against Black minority ethnic applicants for consultant appointments.
- Black minority ethnic doctors have a worse experience when it comes to examinations (medical school and postgraduate) and regulation (revalidation, referrals/complaints to GMC, Annual Review of Competence Progression).