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Skills test discriminates against non-white GP trainees, court hears

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 09 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2704
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An assessment that all trainees must undergo before they can become GPs in the UK discriminates directly and indirectly against doctors from ethnic minority groups, the High Court in London was told this week.

“The consistent theme running through all the statistics is that white groups do better,” Karen Monaghan QC told Mr Justice Mitting.

Monaghan was opening the case for BAPIO (the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin), which is challenging the fairness of the clinical skills assessment (CSA) required to become a GP in the UK. The rate of failure …

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