I worked as consultant Physician in my Trust for 16 years and developed services and served the trust during difficult times when there was shortage of staff and covered community hospitals when every one refused to cover. I even suffered as a result of long travel between sites and main trust and developed back problems.
I applied for clinical excellence awards twice and not awarded any when newly qualified consultants scooped the CEA's.
Is that how a Trust should treat its senior staff? Or is it because I am a BME doctor?
We as overseas medical graduates work under extreme pressure as we are more at risk of being referred to GMC for trivial reasons. We do not feel that we receive fair treatment if we are complained against and are often ignored when we speak up about any injustice that we receive.
The GMC has been shown in a study published in BMJ 2011 to be biased against doctors who graduated outside UK.
Although the overseas doctors constitute 35% of NHS doctors and without whom the NHS would not have survived, it was found that 60% of successful GMC sanctions are against overseas graduates. The study concluded that:
Non-UK qualified doctors are more likely to receive “high impact” decisions at each stage of the fitness to practise process.
However when we as overseas graduates raise concern about a doctor, we are more likely to be ignored. This has happened to me recently.