Public bodies reporting bias

Public bodies are 'considerably' more likely to report overseas doctors to the GMC than their British peers.

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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