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UK docs allege race bias

india Updated: Nov 19, 2007 00:13 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
UK docs allege race bias

An eminent British doctor and a former vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons, David Rosin, has kicked up a storm by commenting that white male doctors are being denied bonuses because of “reverse discrimination” by the National Health Service.

Rosin said female and ethnic minority consultants are being given preferential treatment to meet artificial quotas. Citing his failure to get a top medical award, he said, “When I asked a previous president (of the Royal College of Surgeons) why I had been unsuccessful, the answer came back immediately: ‘What do you expect? You are not black, you are not female and you have all four limbs.’”

Indian doctors are calling this a case of sour grapes. A member of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) told HT that the recent court ruling striking down the department of health directive not to employ any non-EU doctors for trainee jobs unless none was available from within Britain or EU countries, has created further resentment among the white doctors. “Most fear that they would find it tough to get jobs with Indian and other non-EU doctors being on equal footing. So, they are now raising the bogey of reverse discrimination,” he said.

But, Aneez Esmail, professor of general practice at Manchester University denied that standards had been compromised. “More women and ethnic minorities are successful but the standards are not compromised,” he said, adding, “Previously, mediocre white candidates were getting the awards. With more transparency and clear criteria there is greater competition and more women and ethnic minorities are successful.”