By: Harriet Shawcross, PA, The Independent
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
A former head of the Islamic Medical Association sent a homophobic letter to a magazine for GPs, saying gay people needed the “stick of law to put them on the right path”, the General Medical Council heard today.
Dr Muhammad Siddiq was working as a GP at the Walsall Teaching Primary Care Trust when he wrote the letter to Pulse in July last year.
A GMC fitness to practise panel, in Manchester, heard Dr Siddiq’s letter read: “There is punishment and fine if you throw rubbish or filth on the streets, the gays are worse than the ordinary careless citizen, they are causing the spread of illness and they are the root cause of many sexually-transmitted diseases.
“They need neither sympathy nor help, what they need is the stick of law to put them on the right path.”
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GMC to look into higher number of complaints against overseas trained doctors
Why are UK doctors who trained overseas, disproportionately represented at the GMC fitness to practise hearings??? BMJ 2007;335:320 (18 August):
“Figures released by the GMC last month show that of the 3086 complaints lodged against doctors in 2006 where the doctor’s country of training was known, nearly 40% referred to overseas trained doctors—roughly in proportion to their numbers in the NHS workforce—but the percentage of overseas trained doctors who were then referred to hearings was twice that among UK graduates (34% versus 16%). Overseas trained doctors also appeared more likely to be struck off: of the 54 doctors removed from the medical register last year, 35 of them had trained abroad.
The figures only refer to whether a doctor graduated abroad (either within the European Union or in other countries) or in the UK so do not give details of nationality, language, or ethnicity.
A British doctor who trained in Australia would appear as an overseas graduate, while an Iraqi who trained in the UK would appear in the British statistics.”
So basically we can’t say anything without having the right figures. I would think it does make a difference how well someone speaks our language etc.
So it is nice to know, but I would say BMJ and GMC, investigate further before making these sorts of misleading figures public.
You can read the EXTRACT HERE.
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