Rate of serious complaints against UK doctors is higher for those qualifying outside Europe

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 15 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1983
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Doctors who qualified outside the United Kingdom or Europe are still falling foul of the General Medical Council, the UK medical regulator, in greater numbers than their home-grown counterparts, new statistics from the GMC show.

    Despite research looking into the disparity in 2000 and 2005, the GMC is still trying to identify the reasons; the disparity remains despite reforms to the council’s fitness to practise procedures in 2004.

    The GMC’s 2008 fitness to practise statistics show that when initial complaints were triaged, 44% of those involving international medical graduates (those from outside the UK or Europe) went …

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