The British Medical Association is calling for GP practices with five partners or fewer to be brought within the ambit of the 1976 Race Relations Act as the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill makes its way through Parliament. A similar loophole excluding small practices from the Sex Discrimination Act was closed in 1986. About 17,500 practices in England and Wales would be affected by a change. BMA GP committee chair Dr John Chisholm said:
Discrimination is wrong whether it occurs in large or small practices.