As doctors from different ethnic and faith backgrounds, we write in support of the Together campaign (whose steering group is chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury) in celebrating the NHS’ 72nd Birthday.
We, along with other members of our communities, have all contributed to the NHS. We have worked alongside doctors and nurses of different faith and treated patients of all faiths and none. Whilst ethnic minorities comprise around 14% of the UK population, they provide a staggering 44% of NHS medical staff. After its foundation in 1948, the NHS was built up through the contribution of many Afro-Caribbean nurses and midwives, along with numerous Asian and Jewish doctors. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, patients from minority communities, which have disproportionately suffered from Covid-19, have been treated and supported by the NHS.
The NHS, where healthcare workers and support staff of all faiths and none, treat patients of all faiths and none, is a mirror of our nation. It has taken a crisis to remind us of the remarkable contribution ethnic and religious minorities have made and continue to make towards the jewel of our NHS.
- Professor David R Katz, Jewish Medical Association (UK)
- Dr. Mark Pickering, Chief Executive, Christian Medical Fellowship
- Dr. Sukhpal Singh Gill, President, Sikh Doctors and Dentists Association
- Dr. Natubhai Shah , Jain Doctors and Dentists Association UK
- Dr. Hina Shahid, Chair of Muslim Doctors Association
- Dr. Emma Wiley (Muslim Doctors Association and Religious Equality Group)