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GMC taken to employment tribunal for alleged racial discrimination

A senior consultant gynaecologist is suing the GMC for racial discrimination at an employment tribunal.

Joseph Onwude was struck off the medical register by the GMC but says he was 'vindicated' by a High Court ruling.

Judge Burgher heard the allegations of racial discrimination at a preliminary hearing on 9 February and scheduled a further preliminary hearing for 26 April, and a substantive hearing for 4 September.

Mr Onwude said he took the action following the High Court’s quashing of the GMC tribunal's rulings and reinstating him on the medical register.

Mr Onwude qualified as an obstetrician and gynaecologist 29 years ago and has specialised in private practice gynaecology consulting for the past 14 years.

His initial medical training began in Nigeria, where he graduated from Ibadan University.

His specialist training was at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin and St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

He took up as consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.

His private practice was previously at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford and he is now based at the Chelmsford Hospital, Chelmsford.

It comes as the GMC has rejected claims that there was discrimination in its decision to launch the much-publicised High Court bid to strike off junior doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba from the medical register,

A GMC spokesperson said: 'Equality and respect for diversity are paramount to the GMC, and the allegation of discrimination is without merit.

'Dr Onwude’s allegations in this case are strongly refuted by the GMC and we have filed a full defence to the allegations in the Employment Tribunal proceedings. As this claim is currently ongoing, we do not consider it appropriate to make any further comment at this stage.'


Readers' comments (8)

  • Took Early Retirement

    Let's hear more!

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  • End of the line?

    If the court rules against you they will grab onto this even if the court ruling is wrong

    He was 'vindicated' by a High Court ruling.
    so come on .... the underlying court ruling was wrong

    Hopefully Hadiza will fight her initial injustice and when the GMC do not reinstate her she can also take them to court for the same

    (10:30 p.s. envying your early retirement)

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Oh, JM, it's to be recommended. I was lucky to be able to get out at 57. The last 3.5 years have been blissful for me, but I feel sorry for you chaps/chapesses still stuck by age or finance in the current toxic environment. Emigrate if you can, but at least as a locum you are less affected by the contractual issues but perhaps more by the indemnity and risk?

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  • Well done for taking the step!

    The only problem is, it doesn't matter if GMC looses - none of the managers and GMC clinicians who made the decision will personally pay for it. The award will have to be compensated by - guess who - us! So effectively, not only are we paying to be prosecuted, but we are also subsiising their incompetence.

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  • The medical profession is its own worst enemy. No surprise that others thrash us when we constantly beat ourselves up.

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  • Vinci Ho

    I suppose paying annual subscription is a way of ‘enjoying’ S&M ??🤪

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  • if you receive a letter from GMC how do you feel before opening the letter? this tells a lot about GMC and their brilliant support to doctors.

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  • even when I get my renewal letter my hand shakes until I am sure I am safe

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