White doctors applying for medical posts in London are six times more likely to be offered a job than black applicants, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show.The new data also show that white doctors are four times more likely to be successful than Asian candidates or candidates from a mixed ethnic background.The figures were uncovered by Sheila Cunliffe, a senior human resources professional who works in workforce transformation across the NHS and the wider public sector. Cunliffe sent freedom of information requests to all 18 NHS acute trusts in London asking for a breakdown by ethnicity for 2020-21 of the numbers of applicants for medical jobs, shortlisted candidates, …
When deeming the suitability of job applications for short listing, ethnicity and age should not be factors, so this information should be withheld in the short listing process. This would go some way to ensure interviews were, at least granted on ability, and it is a sad reflection on how short listing can be viewed.
However, discrimination would still be a factor at interview, so is it time to record interviews both audibly and visibly, so that there is more evidence than just a scoring sheet when the possibility of racial factors re non selection are raised.
This would go some way to minimise discrimination, but, unfortunately discrimination will never be fully done away with, unless the human factor is not present.
Also, the prospects of promotions and the methods of how it is done need to be more transparent.
This is a very sad reflection of the times, which after many years racism is still regarded as being present. While I hope it is becoming less, this could be down to racists being more adept at covering their racist attitudes. Close monitoring of all aspects of employment need to be more present in all areas, especially employment and racism be a criminal act with a very severe sentence.