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Concerns about racial bias

There have been allegations following the GMC's appeal of inherent bias in its decision making. GMC data has, in the past, shown that BME and overseas doctors are overrepresented in their fitness to practise processes. The GMC has recently announced a review of what is driving this which will look at various factors including the path of BME doctors through education.

The BMA has, over a number of years, raised concerns about the disproportionate number of BME and overseas doctors being subject to investigation.

BME doctors and medical students also face specific issues in their education and careers. For example, according to GMC research from 2017, the pass rate for postgraduate exams was 75% among white students and 63% among UK BME students. The 2017 NHS England staff survey also shows that 27% of BME staff experienced bullying, harassment or abuse from staff compared to 22% of white staff.

The BMA's work on differential attainment and bullying and harassment aims to tackle this.



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