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CSA stance has left me disillusioned

‘I, for one, will be resigning as an Associate in Training of the RCGP and I urge my colleagues to do so too’ says Dr Geeta Shah

Following a briefing from our RCGP Council rep, I want to express the collective concern of my fellow trainees, whose future I believe is being jeopardised.

I was prepared to give the RCGP the benefit of the doubt over the allegations that the CSA is biased and discriminatory (‘RCGP study finds CSA exam is fair’). However, for the college to commission an internal investigation, rather than an independent review, beggars belief. It lacks the necessary transparency to resolve the issue.

I chose general practice as my career partly because of the high esteem with which my colleagues spoke of the RCGP’s recent achievements and increased profile. The profession’s reputation had never been so high. But like many trainees, I am now embarrassed and angered and question my chosen future. I, for one, will be resigning as an Associate in Training of the RCGP and I urge my colleagues to do so too. Membership is not obligatory. I can still sit the exams and practise as a GP without RCGP membership.

Dr Geeta Shah, GP trainee, Leicester

Readers' comments (11)

  • I am not surprised that our trainees are disillusioned but I am saddened. Current leadership must be held to account and direction must change if the College is to escape its current trajectory back to irrelevance. It may be some time since I was a trainee but I will be joining Dr Shah as a former member. A truly lamentable time for the profession.

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  • I applaud you for your principles. In June 2012, Dr Terry Kemple and I, as 2 of the RCGP Presidential candidates, requested a formal College apology and an independent review of College's  unconstitutional attempts to ban 3 of the 6 RCGP Presidential candidates last year. Instead, the RCGP arranged an 'internal review' and we 3 are still awaiting the findings, 8 months later in Feb 2013. The lack of independent review and delay in investigation outcome only serve to add insult to injury.

    I fully support BAPIO/BIDA's CSA legal action for a judicial review of the indirectly discriminatory CSA exam and BAPIO and BPDF's independent employment tribunal action for unfair dismissal.

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  • Well done Geetha Shah in standing up for your principles. Good luck with your exams and may your future career be bright.

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  • For all IMGs who have been victims of CSA, do not let this pass or suffer in silence, join the CSA Class Action. Not only for compensation but also to bring about change.

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  • Francis Report should have been an eye opener for rcgp. The organisational failures highlighted and 290 recommendations would never have seen light of the day had there an internal investigation.
    Rcgp needs to urgently come out of their 'denial mode' which gives them auto messages 'all is well' and should make 'sincere' efforts to tackle the huge CSA issue.

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  • * typo
    had there been an internal investigation

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  • A brave, enlightened and principled decision. Dr Shah has seen through the Emperor's new clothes. Trainees do not need the RCGP. The College has become bloated, cumbersome and Members are just an income stream. Mass resignations from trainees would remove the College's future lifeblood and, as Dr Shah suggests, could finally make the RCGP sit up, remember why it exists and who actually pays the bills!

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  • I salute Dr Shah. If I had known this, I would have never joined General practice. RCGP is only serving dr Gerada's team. Shame.

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  • I'm a victim of this biased csa exam , I only failed once as been advices by my trainer to leave it till the end of my training to get more experience , I sat this exam last nov in an afternoon session , one actress was soo tired that she couldn't remember what she said earlier and caused me more stress as had to repeat everything again , another actress as soon as we shakes hands and seeing my Asian face , she made my consultation impossible to achieve , despite I have fine well in all other consultations , I only given pass in 5 stations only , even in those 5, I done very well that the actor/ role player shakes my hands and were impressed , I only got pass ,with no single cross in them , how can a wise person explain that other than oversea trainee no matter what they do they only score 6/9 , what happened next is amazing , I was shamed and named by the panel who threatened they will much me out and forced me to accept 50 percent but do another 2 unpaid clinic , then my new trainer from the 3 d day said I don't have a chance to pass this exam and I was not trained last 18 months and next he informed the program director that I resigned despite I only expressed my concerns and told him I want to move to a different practice , that's all for failing the exam once , they failed me in my WBA immediately after failing my csa , I don't know what to do , I have a family and my mother has advanced cancer and just watching her dying is killing me , I really need help .

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  • You are assessed by a single examiner, the consultation is video recorded but records can not be used to review your mark. You have no right to appeal. The College will not respond to your letters.
    On what planet could this "exam" ever be called fair?
    Other Colleges at least have two examiners supposedly checking each other's work. Why does RCGP feel so entitled to change the rules of the game? One of the strengths of any good institution is the ability to listen and deal with criticism, and so far RCGP has proven to have no such ability.
    I salute Dr Shah decision.

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