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GMC to launch 'very serious' review into complaints against BME doctors

Exclusive The GMC is set to launch a ‘very serious piece of work’ looking into the high level of complaints against black and minority ethnic doctors compared with white doctors.

Charlie Massey, chief executive of the GMC, told delegates at the Pulse Live event that investigative practices within the regulator have been found to be ’absolutely above board’ every time they have be audited.

But he said that there were questions around why BME doctors face more complaints than white colleagues. 

The review will also look at ’the under representation of other doctors that perhaps could be complained about’.

He said: ’What is driving the overrepresentation of BME doctors that have been complained about? And indeed potentially the under representation of other doctors that perhaps could be complained about?’

Mr Massey added that this created ’a double whammy effect’.

He told delegates the GMC was looking ’to do a very serious piece of work’ that looks at ’the overrepresentation of BME doctors that have been complained about’.

The investigation would look at the ’path of BME doctors through education’ among other factors, he added. 

It comes after the GMC faced huge criticism from the medical profession after going to High Court in order to strike off Nigerian-born paediatrician Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, after she had previously been convicted of gross negligent manslaughter.

Mr Massey also said he felt he had ’no choice’ but to take its own medical tribunal to court after it decided to suspend Dr Bawa-Garba, but keep her on the medical list. 

The GMC took legal advice which said ’the tribunal erred in law in the way in which they reached their conclusions’.

Mr Massey told GPs that although he didn’t feel he had a choice in pursuing the case, adding: ’I did so with a heavy heart. I didn’t anticipate the degree of outcry that there has been over this case. I recognise that that is going to take some time to rebuild confidence.’

This comes after GMC chair Professor Terence Stephenson said he is ‘extremely sorry’ for the distress caused to the medical profession after the regulator went to High Court to strike off the junior doctor.

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Readers' comments (30)

  • CENSORSHIP?

    very serious piece of work
    everything else is just
    tongue in cheek bs

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  • AlanAlmond

    Turn out the lights | GP Partner/Principal28 Mar 2018 6:15am
    Your just as big a bigot as the bigots you complain about. What a lot of simplistic offensive stereotyped tripe. It fascinates me how people like you who voted one way in the referendum seem to think you are an expert in why the people who voted the other way voted the way they did. And it’s all incredibly incredibly simple ..it wasn’t one thing..racism. If your such an expert on the opinions and motivations of others, how is it that you find it SOOO difficult to understand someone else’s point of view and stoop to the lowest possible explanation, seems to me the person here struggling to understand is you.

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  • They are an institutionally racist organization run by out of touch individuals. Case closed. Ethnic docs trampled on by this herd of numpties day in day out.

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  • Is he so callous to carry on when majority of the profession does not have confidence in him

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  • Did anyone challenge him on the facts and logic of his argument at the Pulse conference, or did fear stop that?

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  • Google RCGP exams and ethic background....

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  • I have come across many racist patients but who are you going to fight , the doctos , hospitals , GMC offcourse. So kept quiet.
    but things for me have changed not for alot of junior immigrant doctors , Unfortunately all the equality talk is for the white patient and doctors and uk is repressive country with rampant racist and regulations akin to slavery in the medical professions.

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  • I have not faith in you Mr Massey , please resign.

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  • Council of Despair

    GMC to launch 'very serious' review into complaints against BME doctors

    we can already predict the outcome ... just pay me the money and i will do a 140 page report describing the sky as blue and grass is green followed by ... GMC not to blame, unforseen circumstances, more research needed.

    i believe the term is whitewash.

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  • Lost doc has struck a chord. I have often wondered about the covert apartheid that exists here in the UK. They key is make sure that your colleagues are good. Alternatively move countries or industries to ones that will treat you on merit.

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