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Letter of the month: BMA wrong to back MRCGP legal challenge


That's right, BMA should have not given £25.000 to BAPIO but SHOULD have taken the battle themselves. I do not know from what (comfortable) perspective Chris Woods sees the issue but here there is a clear injustice carried out by RCGP. Let me be clear I do not mean the standards should be lowered but it must be a fair and just exam for all. 10 minutes of such subjective assessment by an examiner and a (badly instructed actor/actress can ruin your life forever as have done mine. No right to video recording with proper right of the appeal!! Legally, they may be covered and the outcome of the review is unlikely to be satisfactory to many doctors like myself left to pick up the pieces. Please, just compare how similar exam is carried out by Royal College of Physicians?. RCP have two examiners and often the assessment of two varies from clear pass to clear fail. We are human beings after all and see things differently. Furthermore, BAPIO is supporting a specific group of IMGs. The rest are left in crossroad. BMA is much more powerful organization and is supposed to help all its members. If they had acted on time, when the rules of the exam changed (without proper expertise and consultation) probably the situation could have been different today. The victims are not only the doctors but taxpayers, and ultimately the patients and General Practice as a whole. Nearly half a million pounds paid to train (the right candidate) are thrown into the bin by a badly designed exam. The sooner RCGP reflects and withdraw from this battle with no winners (apart from lawyers) the better for all.

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06 Feb 2014

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