Racism and the General Medical Council

A recent ruling that the GMC discriminated against a doctor on the grounds of race, calls into question the future role of the regulator, argue these authors

In a landmark case against the General Medical Council (GMC), an employment tribunal has ruled that a doctor was discriminated against on the grounds of race. The case was brought by Omer Karim, a consultant urologist, of Sudanese and Irish heritage, who worked at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, now Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. The Reading Employment Tribunal judges’ verdict, declared on 7 June 2021, is damning on how the GMC approached the case. [1] Karim claimed that he was targeted after he raised concerns about alleged poor practice at the hospital where he worked.

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