08 / 10 / 2014 9am
The GMC has published its fourth annual State of medical education and practice report, which gives reassurance that concerns about doctors are being investigated.
The report shows that, over a four year period, 90 per cent of complaints brought by trusts have been investigated.
Non-UK graduates were more likely to be complained about and to have that complaint investigated than UK graduates. For all UK graduates, BME doctors were 50 per cent more likely to receive a sanction or warning than white doctors. Doctors in some specialties were more likely to have been complained about, to have the complaint investigated and to receive a sanction or warning. These doctors include doctors in psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, and those attached to a locum agency. The GMC recognises that there is more work to be done to investigate and understand the patterns these data show.
The GMC’s 2014 national survey of doctors in training found that seven out of ten F1 doctors believed medical school prepared them to work as a doctor in the UK. Medical students and F1 doctors were worried about some aspects of their work, particularly how to prescribe properly. Some also felt unprepared for communicating with patients, and frequently reported distress during and after particular incidents.
Changing face of UK medicine
The report also shows that the face of UK medicine is changing. It highlights significant increases in the number of women becoming surgeons and specialists in emergency medicine. At the same time, the profession as a whole will soon have equal numbers of men and women doctors – already women account for 44 per cent of all registered doctors and more than half of medical students are female.
There has also been a shift in the pattern of doctors from overseas coming to work here. In the past, the largest source of overseas-trained doctors was south Asia, but recently there has been a sharp rise in doctors coming to work here from southern Europe. The GMC recognises that this may have been caused, in part, by changes to immigration rules.
This is a useful report that employers welcome each year, using it to improve how they plan their medical workforce and deliver safe, high quality care.
Find out more
You can download a full copy of state of medical education and practice from the GMC website.