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BMA to support BAPIO by publishing its fundraising activities in newsletter

The BMA is to further support a group of international doctors in their MRCGP judicial review by publishing details of their fundraising activities in its newsletter.

The move will see BMA stepping up the support for the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) in its judicial review against the GMC and the RCGP over the controversial MRCGP exam.

It comes as Pulse exclusively revealed last week that the BMA would aid BAPIO by gathering evidence to support the legal action, which concerns whether the low exam success rates of international medical graduates is a result of direct or indirect discrimination by the RCGP, and whether the college and the GMC failed in their equality duties.

The terms of support were agreed in a meeting between BMA chair Dr Mark Porter and BAPIO president Dr Ramesh Mehta last week, after the BMA wrote to the RCGP earlier this month outlining its position on the issue.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, chair of the BMA’s GP trainee subcommittee, said: ‘By publishing fund-raising activities we can help ensure there is enough funds to see this through.’

The BMA’s explicit support followed the publication of a paper in the BMJ by Professor Aneez Esmail, a leading expert on racism in the NHS who was commissioned by the GMC to review the MRCGP, that concluded ‘subjective bias due to racial discrimination’ may be a cause of higher failure rates among IMGs and black and minority ethnic UK graduates.

However the college has consistently denied that the exam is in any way discriminatory or biased, and has cited Professor Esmail’s official report to the GMC on his findings - published on the same day as his BMJ study - which concluded ‘the method of assessment is not a reason for the differential outcomes that we have described’.

Readers' comments (14)

  • Una Coales

    Considering the public announcement of the BMA to support BAPIO and BAPIO's herculean task to raise a further £200k for judicial review action on CSA against now both the RCGP and GMC, could not the BMA offer of just publishing BAPIO's fundraising activities in a newsletter be revisited, to provide better support ,by means of financial support, in light of the £4.2 MILLION surplus on their £120 MILLION income (of which £43 MILLION came from membership subs of whom a significant proportion will be IMG doctors and IMG GP trainees) reported in the BMA Annual report accounts for 2012? I note £172,000 was given away by the BMA as donations also so there is a precedent for making a small donation to doctors for humanitarian reasons.

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  • Hi Una
    I will agree 100%,I am paying BMA membership for decades and now facing the CSA next week.
    BMA as a good will should do more than lip service.

    I am sure we are going to win the JR

    Thanks for your tremendous support.

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  • I agree. I'm not an IMG but I fully support the BMA in taking on this important issue.

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  • Ultimately very little will come out of this given the track record of such events in this part of the world.

    I was a bit religious before - but it seems god has abandoned humanity. A miracle after destruction is not so godly in my view after all.
    An affected IMG GP trainee and now an Agnost.

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  • BMA is useless

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  • Una Coales

    Good luck Ashok! I hope you had a chance to read my blog article on how to control bias in CSA.

    @2:27 God has not forsaken IMGs. High Court Justice Stuart-Smith and Mrs Justice Patterson both ruled in BAPIO's favour for application and an appeal to include the GMC, respectively. I predict BAPIO will win at full JR early next year and class actions by both BAPIO and Medic Law are underway. We await Judge Porter's decision on the pre review ET hearing held in Manchester 30-31 October to include the RCGP and GMC in ET proceedings.

    @10:39 Dr Krishna Kasaraneni has now been elected as the new BMA Chair of the Equality & Diversity Committee. He was the immediate past BMA GP trainee subcommittee chair. He promises to support this cause fully.

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  • I could remember some trainees were in touch with the EHRC in regard to this matter in recent past. I hear no response from them in the media.
    Where is the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)? Do they cherry pick their cases?

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  • Una Coales

    @5:52 BAPIO and Sir Peter Bottomley MP tried to engage the Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate CSA. However I think you are right. They may indeed be cherry picking cases. Sad as they were brilliant when they investigated and exposed the biased computer selection of medical school candidates which was then corrected without an expensive Judicial Review.

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  • IMG doctors and IMG's in general should and must unite at every level to fight their minority status.
    They must form organizations that would represent them and fight for them.
    They must have an active 'antidivide' an rule manifesto.
    They must think and see the bigger picture.
    ' I am not affected so it's not my problem' is the same as pulling down your own future support.

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  • If you give me enough money - i will serve you with the best justice - cann't afford!! - well you deserve what you got!!!

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