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RCGP accused of discriminating against ethnic minority candidates in MRCGP legal case

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@1:11. Your quote of my 12:52 comment is incorrect - taken out of context and doesn't even read correctly. I said ".....they will have a large cultural influence from their parental culture on their viewpoint and outlook. This is undoubtedly going to reduce their chances of passing an exam that is almost entirely based on British problems and in a British cultural context. ". Of course it is! Read 12:52 again - The influence of culture, language and religion plays a massive part in normal human interaction. General Practice is not just about the medicine is it. If you think it is just about the medicine then you are deluded and merely perpetuating incorrect advice given to the BME doctors. I also suggested that the default language for many of them is their mother tongue. Of course this will impact their ability to communicate where the default language is English. Paralinguistic cues, phrases, even saying things in a certain way confer different meanings. If you are used to doing that in Punjabi or Hindi then you will miss things when someone communicates using English - again please don't tell the IMGs/BMEs that its OK to just speak whatever language they want because that shouldn't affect your ability to communicate with the British people - that's utter rubbish. Also I am fluent - 100% fluent in Punjabi and Hindi/Urdu. I can read and write in my mother tongue to very good standard. I can mix culturally with Indian people absolutely fine - and I am not ashamed of my mother tongue or culture - but I am not willing to demand special dispensation for it when I live and work in Britain - an English speaking country with British values. Finally I think it appropriate to include a mix of problems and languages in the CSA - after all a white doctor is quite likely to need to speak to Punjabi/Urdu/Hindi/Polish speaking patient. The mix should reflect the current percentages of those languages in the UK - that will the exam more reflective of the British population not changing it so that British culture and the English language becomes irrelevant - because it's not!

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09 Apr 2014

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3:08pm

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