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Royal college faces judicial review over exam pass rates

An international doctors’ group has secured permission to take a royal college to judicial review over examination pass rates.

ramesh mehtaBAPIO (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) will challenge the Royal College of GPs over the clinical skills assessment component of its membership exams, which shows consistently lower success rates for international medical graduates.

However, high court judge Mr Justice Stuart-Smith rejected BAPIO’s application to include the GMC in the claim.

BAPIO president Ramesh Mehta (pictured right) described the ruling as ‘extremely important’ and added that the implications of the case could affect all royal college examinations.

A royal college spokesperson said: ‘We take equality and diversity issues very seriously and strongly refute any allegations that the [membership] exam is discriminatory.’

The GMC is conducting a review of the exam and its pass rates, which will be published shortly.

At this year’s BMA annual representative meeting, doctors and medical students called on all medical royal colleges to publish an analysis of their exam results based on characteristics such as ethnicity.

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