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Unconscious bias must be tackled to reduce worry about overseas trained doctors, says BAPIO

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 13 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1881
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
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Doctors trained overseas are more likely to be assessed by the GMC than UK trained doctors, but BAPIO says that unconscious bias could be key to explaining this difference. Abi Rimmer reports

Unconscious bias in the NHS is one reason why non-UK trained doctors are more likely than UK trained doctors to undergo a General Medical Council performance assessment, and this needs to be tackled, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) says.

Ramesh Mehta, president of BAPIO, said that unconscious bias was prevalent through much of the NHS and led to the disparate treatment and attainment of international medical graduates. “We know that ethnic minority doctors have been treated differently and this treatment comes not from patients, but from colleagues and managers,” he said.

Mehta said that analyses of performance assessments needed to look at the outcomes as well as the number of assessments for …

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