Statistics on fitness to practise hearings published this week show only 14 per cent of enquiries about UK-trained doctors were launched after complaints from public bodies. By contrast, more than 25 per cent of enquiries into overseas-trained doctors came from this source.
Paul Philip, GMC director of standards and fitness to practise, said: 'If you look at public body referrals only, there is no doubt there is an over-representation of overseas graduates.'
The GMC has commissioned the Economic and Social Research Council to explore the causes of this disparity. Its report is expected later this year.
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