GMC promises to look into why more ethnic minority doctors are subject to fitness-to-practise referrals – UKMALAYALEE

GMC promises to look into why more ethnic minority doctors are subject to fitness-to-practise referrals

Friday 5 April 2019 3:05 AM UTC

File picture from British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO)

LONDON April 5: GMC chief executive Charlie Massey has agreed to conduct a review into why a disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic (BME) doctors are subject to fitness-to-practise referrals and announced plans to launch a new training programme to give doctors the confidence to tackle unprofessional behaviour in the workplace, GP Online reported.

Speaking at the regulator’s annual conference on Wednesday, GMC chief executive Charlie Massey told delegates that issues with unconscious bias remained ‘an elephant in the room’, and delegates voiced concern that there was a long way to go before the problem could be fixed.

Speaking during a Q&A session, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) president Dr Ramesh Mehta said that, in his experience, unconscious racial bias was ‘unwanted’ but ‘very common’ in medicine.

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