Advertiser letters: Bake a cake for charity and equal pay for doctors
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Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.
Rachel Khoo, celebrity chef, writes:
Whether I’m cooking at my restaurant, on TV or for my family, I think there’s nothing like the smell and taste of home baking.
That’s why I’m on a mission to get local residents in Jersey baking this October to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association.
Stroke is much closer than many people think: there are over 1.2 million people in the UK living with the effects of stroke. Almost two thirds of stroke survivors leave hospital with a disability.
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The Stroke Association provides much-needed hope, inspiration, advice and support to thousands of people affected by stroke and their loved ones.
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Between October 22 and October 28, the charity is calling on people to take part in Give a Hand and Bake. Give a Hand a Bake is a fun, and delicious way to help people, whose lives have been impacted by this condition.
Whether you prefer to bake brownies for the office or to host an afternoon tea party with friends and family, there are lots of ways your baking can rise to the challenge.
For more information visit stroke.org.uk/GAH to download or request a pack.
Equal pay for BME doctors
Dr Gary Marlowe, BMA London regional council chairman, writes:
A recent report published by the British Medical Journal which shows disparities between the pay of black and minority ethnic (BME) doctors and their white colleagues is further evidence of the need to tackle discrimination in the NHS.
Every doctor working in London, and indeed across the country, must be treated fairly and equally.
There can be no excuse for variations in pay when doctors are delivering the same level of patient care.
This doesn’t stop at pay differences with staff surveys showing that BME doctors are at greater risk of harassment and bullying from both colleagues and patients. Indeed, with only seven percent of senior managers in the NHS coming from BME backgrounds, barriers to progression are very much present.
BME staff make up a large and vital part of the NHS workforce, without which the NHS could not function. The BMA will continue to campaign for all doctors to be treated equally.