25 oct 2015
DON: The maximum number of doctors sacked in the UK over the last five years is from India, Britain’s General Medical Council (GMC) has revealed.
In the past five years, one out of every 250 doctors of Indian origin lost their job. Data shows that doctors working in UK but trained in India are four times more likely to lose their job.
Since 2009, 117 doctors trained in India and Pakistan have been barred from working in Britain. India is followed by Pakistan, Egypt and Nigeria.
In 2013 alone, 75% of doctors who were struck off came to UK from foreign shores. In total, 458 doctors have been barred from working in the UK in the past five years.
The findings come days after British researchers called for making tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS to be made harder to pass as half of all foreign doctors in Britain do not have the necessary skills to work here.
The University College London said they found a performance gap between international and UK medical graduates and has suggested raising the pass mark from 63 to 76%.
More than 95,000 foreign-trained doctors work in the UK, making up a quarter of the total number, majority of them being Indians.
The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) had recently dragged both the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) which conducts the exam and the General Medical Council (GMC) which is accountable for ensuring a fair process to Court alleging that UK based trainee GPs from Indian background were four times more likely to fail this assessment and international medical graduates were 16 times more likely to fail the exam than their white counterparts despite having successfully completed the same stringent training process up to this point. BAPIO lost the case.
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