GMC is accused of complacency about discrimination in its work

An employment tribunal has ruled for the first time that the General Medical Council discriminated against a doctor on the grounds of race.

Omer Karim, a mixed race consultant urologist who was referred to the GMC by his employers, was treated differently from a white doctor who was also under investigation, the Reading employment tribunal held, and there was no credible explanation for the difference in treatment. The way the GMC dealt with some of the allegations suggested that the regulator was “looking for material to support allegations . . . rather than fairly assessing matters presented,” the tribunal noted.

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