Five doctors who claimed the British Medical Association racially discriminated against them settled their case yesterday for £130,000.

Dr Fahtima Farook, from Cardiff, Dr Sheedhar Vasdo Vaidya, from the East Midlands, Dr Kumar Ghosh, from Manchester, Vijay Jadhav, from Surrey, and Vanlila Bera, from Birmingham, agreed the settlement hours before their case was to be heard at a Manchester employment tribunal. The doctors claimed the BMA failed to offer them legal assistance in cases of alleged racial discrimination at work. The BMA denied liability but said it paid £130,000, shared between the five, to "draw a line" under the case.