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Ramesh Mehta suggested "complaints about non-UK trained doctors often stemmed, not from competence issues but from soft skills". “Coming from a different cultural environment, their approach or use of language could be very different,”
“Similar complaints can also happen for UK trained doctors but because they understand the local system, they would apologise quickly and the trust would say, ‘Okay, we will provide a support mechanism’,” Mehta said. “International medical graduates are often already scared of facing disciplinary action so they are reluctant to say sorry because they think they will be disciplined. So they are referred to the GMC.”
If this is true, then I believe BAPIO has failed in their duty to look after their members by not communicating this revelation effectively and not organising training courses to help them stay off the radar of the GMC.
Perhaps then it is true that there is unconscious bias but on the part of BAPIO; although BAPIO believed that it is not a matter of professional standard or professional conduct (which GMC is responsible for), somehow it is the GMC's role to organise cultural change in overseas trained doctors, something that can easily be construed as paternalistic imperialistic action.
This would be an appropriate time for BAPIO to walk the talk?