Hundreds of foreign doctors working in the NHS are routinely failing key medical exams, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Success rates are so poor that medical associations want doctors to be allowed six attempts at passing the tests rather than the current four.
The revelation raises fears the trainee medics, mainly from India, Pakistan and Nigeria, are not suitably qualified to treat patients despite spending three years working for the NHS before taking the exam.
Figures show that foreign doctors are substantially more likely to fail than UK graduates, with communication cited as one of the problems.
While just nine per cent of British doctors fail to pass the knowledge and practical exams, more than 63 per cent of foreign doctors do not reach the standard to pass.
Many take the exams up to the current maximum of four times and there is no way for patients to check how many times their GP failed before becoming fully qualified.
Foreign medical associations are now demanding that doctors are given two additional opportunities to pass the tests amid claims that examiners may be discriminating against non-UK graduates.
Dr Ramesh Mehta, president of BAPIO, said the exam system was ‘faulty’. He added: ‘There is a very robust system of selection to get on to NHS training in the first place.
Doctors are then only put forward for exams when trainers say they are ready and are happy with their clinical and communication skills.
‘We don’t want to compromise as far as patient safety or standards of the exam are concerned. But we are worried that the way one part of the exam is organised is wrong.’
Dr Sabyasachi Sarker, president of the British International Doctors Association, said: ‘Four attempts is just too low – although we want to extend it to six for all doctors, not just those who are foreign.
'It may not be discrimination, but possibly just an unconscious bias on the part of the examiners.’
Saturday, December 22, 2012
UK- Failing foreign doctors demand multiple exams to pass doctor test.
I am guessing they are claiming its their right and the test is bias against non-whites....Yep!