BAME & other factors disproportionately affecting fitness to practise

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BAME & other factors disproportionately affecting fitness to practise
By: Anonymous | Published On: 30/10/20 6:19 pm

Overwhelming evidence supports the fact that BAME healthcare professionals are disproportionately impacted by fitness to practise referrals and proceedings.

Last week I reported on a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) report highlighting that BAME nurses as disproportionately impacted by fitness to practise referrals and proceedings.

This is not the first such report.  Many of the other healthcare regulators have reported similar research and findings.  Research, in so far as it relates to fitness to practise for BAME healthcare workers, has clearly indicated that BAME healthcare workers are disproportionately impacted by fitness to practise referrals and proceedings. 

General Medical Council

General Dental Council

  • Asian or Other ethnicity, or those that trained outside the UK are more likely to have been involved in fitness to practise cases with the GDC

Social Workers

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

There is also overwhelming evidence that healthcare workers fare much better in fitness to practise proceedings when they have legal representation and fully engage with the process.

It is clear that BAME healthcare workers are, generally speaking, at a disadvantage in practise because evidence supports that fact that they are disproportionately impacted by fitness to practise referrals and proceedings.  It is also the case however that evidence supports the fact that legal representation and engagement in the process improves the likelihood of a successful outcomes for healthcare professionals in fitness to practise proceedings.  The latter point may be particularly important for healthcare professionals with a BAME background.

 

Fitness to Practise Barrister

I am a leading Fitness to Practise Defence Barrister specialising in healthcare law and defence. I have gained an excellent reputation for representing and defending healthcare professionals facing fitness to practise proceedings.

If you have been notified by the GMC that you’re under investigation or are facing difficulties with your registration, contact me today for an initial free and no obligation consultation on 0207 060 1983 or Stephen.McCaffrey@kingsviewchambers.com. .

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