NHS is not immune 1

October 29, 2004

Cecile Wright is correct in pointing to the impact of structural racism in higher education (Features, October 22). But she is way off target in suggesting that "in the health service or in schools, it would not be allowed to happen".

The National Health Service is the largest employer of minorities in the UK. Yet structural racism has led to a situation where the councils of the royal colleges and the top posts in the most prestigious teaching hospitals remain dominated by white clinicians.

Capable minority clinicians end up in the least popular placements such as poorly funded hospitals and those in rural areas. It has been allowed to happen and continues to be so.

Gary Craig
Professor of social justice
Hull University

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