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GMC to ask why BME doctors face more complaints than white colleagues


Complaints are generated by patients. They are a mixed bag and some of them are racist. This needs to be explicitly taken into account during the investigation process. I agree with sceptic above - racism takes many forms, often it’s a reflex bias against anyone who appears ‘foreign’ and isn’t nessessarily just about the colour of your skin, I hope this is taken into account in any review. On a personal note as a white person who considered themselves fairly open and non racist, when I married someone brown from a different racial group I became aware there’s a lot more racism out there than I previously believed. It’s easy as a white person to be shielded from a lot of it, but casual low grade bias lurks in places you wouldn’t suspect, and comes form people that might surprise you. It’s evident in all groups, as far as I can see, and can perfectly easily come from a someone identifying as from a minority group just as much as from the white majority. It’s a human flaw. I hope it’s the mark of a civilised society that these issues can be sensibly and openly addressed and steps can to taken to counteract any tendency to unfair bias. There is an obvious problem here. If a group of supposedly educated professions can’t fix it it would be rather disappointing.

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23 Apr 2018

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