Foreign doctors behind 60% of sex assaults on patients

Tuesday 16th July 2019 13:41 EDT

Foreign-trained doctors are responsible for 60 per cent of sex assaults on patients - despite making up just a third of NHS medics. They accounted for 23 of 38 proven sexual misconduct cases in the last three years - with allegations including rape and sexual assault.

The figures - obtained by the Mail on Sunday - were revealed after NHS chiefs introduced targets to reduce the number of black and ethnic minority staff being hauled before disciplinary hearings.

Britain's army of 95,000 black and ethnic miniority doctors are twice as likely to be referred to the GMC than their white colleagues.

NHS chief people officer Prerana Issar siad in a report: "It is not acceptable that if you come from some backgrounds, you are more likely to enter the formal disciplinary process, stay in it longer and have more career-limiting outcomes.

"We must change this and quickly."

A recent GMC report found "no evidence of [racial] bias" in disciplinary procedures.

It said doctors were "isolated" and felt they were "treated as outsiders".

An NHS spokesman said: "Where allegations are made it is right that they are thoroughly investigated and any appropriate action taken, regardless of someone’s ethnicity or where they trained. But it is also right that all NHS staff feel they will be treated fairly and not face discrimination, which is what this guidance sets out to achieve."

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