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Language, fairness, and the MRCGP examination

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1278

Political correctness going too far

  1. George Boulos, trainer, Oxford region (
  1. Tilehurst Surgery, Tylers Place, Tilehurst, Reading, Berks RG30 6BW
  2. Sandwell Health Authority, West Bromwich B70 9LD

    EDITOR—Surely the article by Roberts et al article is political correctness again going too far.1 If the candidate is consistently compromised in terms of understanding an examiner, he or she will be more of a liability to employ in a situation where good communication is the essence of good general practice.

    After all, it is the doctor's duty to familiarise himself or herself with the language of the community in which he or she has chosen to …

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