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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 28 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3-7209
  • It's not just the NHS that faces charges of institutional racism. Doctors in Australia are taking legal action against New South Wales” Director of Health, alleging that the system of admission of foreign graduates discriminates on grounds of race. All overseas doctors who wish to practise permanently in Australia have to pass the notoriously tough Australian Medical Council exam, which is designed to ration access by non-Australian doctors. It is claimed that 70%of a sample of Australian graduates failed the AMC exam when it was administered to them for calibration purposes in 1997, an uncanny echo of the GMC's discomfort when its Professional and Linguistic Board exam was administered to British graduates—and only two passed. (

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