The “Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard in England 2022” report concludes that foreign doctors are disproportionately affected by fitness to practise referrals.

The report concluded:

“Our research and data show that employers and healthcare providers are more likely to refer doctors who obtained their PMQ outside the UK and those who are from an ethnic minority background, than they are to refer their UK qualified or white peers.”

The report noted that this is particularly important because “complaints from employers are more likely to reach our threshold for a full investigation and, ultimately, more likely to result in a sanction being applied, than complaints from other sources.”

In response, the General Medical Council (GMC), said:

“We’ve [also] updated our fitness to practise referral form for ROs. This requires ROs to confirm the steps they’ve taken to make sure that a referral is appropriate and fair before it’s submitted to us. This now includes questions about any induction for international medical graduates so they know what is expected when things go wrong, as well as any support provided since the concerns were identified, and whether there have been impartial checks around whether a referral to us is needed at that time.”

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