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GMC to appeal tribunal decision that found case against urologist was racist

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 23 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1619
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council is to appeal against a “flawed” employment tribunal decision that the regulator discriminated against a consultant urologist on the ground of his race.

Reading employment tribunal made the finding this month in the case of Omer Karim, the first doctor to succeed in a race discrimination claim against the GMC.1

Karim, who is of Sudanese and Irish heritage, was referred to the GMC by his employers in 2014. Interim conditions were placed on his registration in 2015, then lifted later that year. When his case was finally heard in 2018, he was cleared of misconduct.

The employment tribunal held that he was treated differently from a white doctor who was …

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