Race and Racism in Primary Care: A special collection from BJGP Open

Hajira Dambha-Miller, Umar Ahmed Riaz Chaudhry, Peter Adams
2020 British Journal of General Practice Open  
The Black Lives Matter campaign has highlighted issues of race and racism that are present in all parts of our communities and organisations. We stand in solidarity against racism in all forms and acknowledge that organisations, including those within the publishing world, need to do more. BJGP Open must ensure that ethnic minority voices are heard and represented within our leadership, board members, fellows, editorial staff, readers, and authors. 1 The statistics on under-representation of
more » ... epresentation of ethnic groups at all levels of publication and academia make uncomfortable reading, and the reluctance to openly acknowledge this is delaying progress. 2,3 The tokenistic phrases and well-intended platitudes on the need for greater diversity must be matched with measurable action. As a journal, we need to play our part and demonstrate a commitment to meaningful progress on this issue. Accordingly, BJGP Open has set out an ambitious programme of work on race and diversity. It starts with this special issue, in which we have collated individual and collective experiences on racism in primary care alongside relevant policy and practice submissions. GPs, trainees, medical students, and academics have shared their recent lived experiences of the everyday racism that ethnic minorities face in our discipline today. 4 These challenging experiences range from a GP being doused in alcohol by a patient; 5 a medical student repeatedly overlooked due to race; 6 and a GP required to ignore racial slurs at the request of a senior partner. 7
doi:10.3399/bjgpo.2020.0175 pmid:33234520 fatcat:s4fd7ahurbendal2lxksr2ma5m