This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Read the latest issue online

GPs buried under trusts' workload dump

Report this comment to a moderator

Please fill in the form below if you think a comment is unsuitable. Your comments will be sent to our moderator for review.

Report comment to moderator

Required fields.

Headline

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

Comment

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.

Posted date

23 Apr 2018

Posted time

12:58pm

required
required
required