Locum GP Manjula Arora was given a month’s suspension by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MTPS) in May 2022 after a complaint to the General Medical Council (GMC) that centred on whether or not she had been promised a laptop by her employer. The ruling was overturned and the GMC conducted a review of the case that found that a legal test around dishonesty was incorrectly applied.
The two co-chairs of the GMC review highlight some of its recommendations in this opinion piece in the BMJ. They argue that while the NHS is very diverse, it is not very inclusive and that structural racism affects the treatment of and opportunities available to staff from different cultural backgrounds. They call for greater compassion and cultural competency in the GMC, and for healthcare services to manage concerns on a local level before referring cases to the GMC.
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