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Legal reforms would allow GMC to tackle “shameful” discrimination of ethnic minority doctors

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1214 (Published 12 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1214
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The “shameful” discrimination experienced by too many doctors from ethnic minorities could be tackled under government proposals for radical reform of professional regulation, the chief executive of the General Medical Council has told health leaders.

Charlie Massey told a Westminster Health Forum conference that the reforms, which are open for consultation until 16 June, would give the GMC freedom to tackle discrimination and inequality within healthcare.1 The GMC and the other healthcare professional regulators would be given greater freedom over which cases to take forward, freeing up resources to focus on improvements in culture, training, and education.

Doctors from ethnic minorities are more likely than white doctors to be referred to the GMC by employers and more likely to be struck …

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