Fairness and the GMC

Doctor thank you

31 / 5 / 2014 9am

The GMC has published an independent study which shows how doctors from a range of backgrounds view the GMC and its work. The study, undertaken by NatCen Social Research, interviewed doctors in focus groups and surveyed a random sample of doctors.

The results suggest the GMC is seen as a fair organisation by the majority of doctors. Around 80 per cent of those surveyed were confident in the way they are regulated, and 84 per cent of those surveyed who had experienced revalidation felt they had been treated fairly. Results showed that more than a quarter of doctors felt fitness to practise proceedings are fairer now than they were five years ago, non-UK qualified doctors from a black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds were most likely to say this.

The study also highlighted areas the GMC could improve. For example, white doctors were more likely than BME doctors to think the GMC registration process is fair for all doctors, and that they would be treated fairly if a concern were raised about their practice.

Overall, the research showed the majority of doctors had confidence in the GMC and thought it was valued and fair, but there were key differences in the views of white and BME doctors and differences in views depending on where doctors qualified. BME doctors and non-UK qualified doctors have greater confidence in the GMC but also have greater concerns about fairness.
The GMC has stated that they will continue to work with others to ensure medical regulation and education "remains rigorous in promoting and maintaining high standards, while at the same time being fair and as supportive as possible".

The GMC highlights a number of things they are doing to support this aim including introducing new language standards, researching the consistency of decisions on complaints, publishing new examiner standards, understanding how doctors from different backgrounds perform in postgraduate exams, and monitoring and evaluating revalidation outcomes.

For more information visit the GMC website, read the report in full, and read the GMC Equality and diversity strategy.

Also - view our equality and diversity web pages.

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