BriefingBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7199.3a (Published 19 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:S3a-7199
One explanation for the GMC's review of the PLAB examination, reported here last week, is offered in Doctor(p11, 10/6/99). The newspaper claims that when the GMC's Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board exam for doctors was tested on a sample of 50 UK graduates last year only two passed. This is an embarrassing result whatever way you look at it, though it is claimed that the sample was not representative. According to the story, the results were then withheld from the council's deliberations last month for fear it would lead to claims that the test was unfair to overseas doctors.