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Why GMC’s apology to LGBTQ+ doctors is everything and nothing

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 22 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q454

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Re: Why GMC’s apology to LGBTQ+ doctors is everything and nothing; bigoted ancient legislators should be blamed in the first place

Dear Editor

Many would agree that apologies offered by public bodies including NHS and GMC, usually for offending acts/omissions of their employees, are not worth the paper it’s written on. It is not uncommon at all for actual perpetrators to get away with a mild slap on the wrist; even findings of unlawful acts under employment tribunal judgments do not seem a barrier for perpetrators to maintain the same employment or find alternative employment particularly within the NHS. It appears, individual culpability is still well sheltered by organisations.

Judging by the widely publicised islamophobic and racist expressions of present-day politicians, it is now not surprising at all, why those ancient politicians with bigoted mindsets, unashamedly legislated utterly degrading and inhumane homophobic laws.

As for the remark that the GMC’s “failure to consider a complaint against cardiologist Aseem Malhotra”[1], it is not accurate. In fact, the GMC did initially consider the relevant complaint but has now admitted that it made “an error” and “will now reconsider” whether to review the alleged misleading covid vaccine claim [2]. Openly admitting an error in decision making is certainly not a bad thing, nor should it be a reason to sneer at the GMC.


Competing interests: No competing interests

28 February 2024
Jay Ilangaratne