Black, Asian trainee doctors facing ‘racial discrimination’ in UK’s GP exam

London, Apr. 6: A number of black and Asian doctors promising careers in Britain have come to halt because of racial discrimination in the way GPs are examined, a leading doctor has claimed.

The claim will be made before a high court hearing in which two pillars of the medical establishment will be accused of breaching equality laws.

According to the Independent, in a case against biasness in the NHS workforce, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (Bapio), is bringing a judicial review against the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), and the General Medical Council (GMC), the doctors’ regulatory body.

It has claimed that the college’s membership exam, the MRCGP, which doctors must pass to practise as GPs in the UK, discriminates against minority ethnic candidates.

Studies show that white candidates are four times more likely to pass the exam first time than minority ethnic candidates trained in the UK.

Bapio is currently supporting 25 east London doctors in employment tribunals related to the exam.

According to the report, the health service has been criticised for failing to elevate black and Asian professionals to the highest ranks within hospitals and commissioning services.

The RCGP has strongly denied allegations the MRCGP is discriminatory, and claimed that examiners are trained on equality and diversity issues, the report added. (ANI)