Creating an inclusive culture in the College and general practice

The recent Black Lives Matter movement and events earlier in the year following the death of George Floyd exposed the depth of the racism and bias that still exist in our society, but also served as a potential watershed moment for racial equality.

Over the last few months the College has been in listening mode – we’ve heard accounts of the shocking prejudice still faced by Black Asian and Minority Ethnic GPs, but also of the courage and determination shown by BAME GPs in times of adversity, and the integrity of others who have stood up for them in solidarity and support.

It’s clear that there are opportunities to grow, learn and improve, both within the College and general practice itself.

RCGP Council has already committed to a BAME Action Plan (717 KB PDF), informed by the experiences and expertise of Black Asian Minority Ethnic GPs. This is part of our wider work on Equality Diversity and Inclusion, led by College Chair Professor Martin Marshall and Chief Operating Officer Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick.

Our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) GP community - RCGP action plan (717 KB PDF)

Under the leadership of our President Professor Amanda Howe, we are now working hard to transform the BAME Action Plan into tangible measures that will improve the working lives of our Black Asian Minority Ethnic members and improve health outcomes for BAME patients.

We have a long way to go but we all have a responsibility to create a fairer future.

College marks Black History Month

To mark the 33rd anniversary of Black History Month, the College will be also be celebrating the achievements and contributions that GPs from African and Caribbean descent make to general practice.

Throughout October we will be showing our commitment to supporting BAME members and promoting inclusion and diversity across general practice.

Joint Honorary Secretary Dr Victoria Tzortziou-Brown and RCGP Chief Operating Officer Dr Valerie Vaughan-Dick discuss what equality means to them

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