Responding to a report published today by the General Medical Council (GMC) which shows that variation in attainment is associated with personal characteristics such as age, gender and ethnicity, Dr Anthea Mowat, chair of the BMA’s representative body, said:
"Succeeding in training should be about an individual's ability, not their background or circumstances of their birth. Examiners and trainers should also understand how to support fairness and diversity in clinical education and training.
“We welcome the GMC’s ongoing monitoring in this area and echo their call to action to make sure that fairness and equality are embedded in everything that the medical royal colleges, postgraduate training organisations and medical schools do.
"The BMA and its stakeholders have published good practice guidance which we hope will help improve the quality of training and fairness in training, assessments and monitoring.”
Notes to editors
- The good practice can be found here: https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/education-training-and-workforce/ensuring-fairness-in-clinical-training
- The British Medical Association (BMA) is the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK. It is an apolitical professional organisation and independent trade union, representing doctors and medical students from all branches of medicine across the UK and supporting them to deliver the highest standards of care.