Male GPs' higher suspension risk

Male GPs are more likely to be suspended or excluded from work than female GPs, National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) figures show.

The data also show doctors qualifying outside the UK are more likely to be excluded or suspended. NCAS figures show 314 male GPs were excluded or suspended in 2009/10 compared with just 41 female GPs.

Concerns were more likely to be raised about doctors who qualified outside the UK, with the highest rates among non-white doctors. NCAS attributes this to place of qualification and training factors at undergraduate level, not ethnicity.

It called on the NHS to strengthen induction and support for international medical graduates. NCAS director Professor Alastair Scotland said: 'Most doctors from outside the UK do excellent work for the NHS.'

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