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No closer to understanding racial bias, admits GMC

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:518
  1. Sally Hargreaves
  1. London

    A debate at the General Medical Council last week into a report of racial bias in the council's treatment of complaints against doctors whoqualified outside the United Kingdom resulted in a unanimous agreement by the council to tackle the issues with utmost urgency.

    “I am horrified that this investigation was first started in 1996,” said Mr Roland Doven, a council member. “And that the situation shown in this latest work indicates that the situation is getting worse.” He called for the reputation of the GMC to be defended.

    The report, which based its conclusions on a statistical review ofcases over the past five years, was the third of its kind to be commissioned by the GMC from the Policy Studies Institute, London, since 1996 (22 February, p 411).

    Again, the report …

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