Medical schools are ‘failing to deal with racism’ towards students

Eleanor Busby reports that examples of racial abuse and disrespect are 'countless', according to one undergraduate

Thursday 13 February 2020 19:11 GMT
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Two in five medical students are from ethnic minority backgrounds
Two in five medical students are from ethnic minority backgrounds (Getty Images)

Medical schools in the UK are failing to deal with racism and racial harassment directed at black and ethnic minority students, an investigation suggests.

Only half of medical schools collect data on students’ complaints about racial abuse, according to freedom of information requests obtained by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The findings from the investigation suggest high levels of under reporting of racism as only 11 complaints were recorded across all the medical schools that collected data since 2010.

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