Indian doctors in legal action over UK exam bias
(AP Photo/Sang Tan) | AP Get World Newsletters: LONDON — LONDON (AP) The British government has introduced legislation to block immigrants living in the country illegally from opening bank accounts, require landlords to check tenants’ immigration status and make it harder for migrants to appeal deportation. The bill has been slammed by lawyers and rights campaigners. Immigration is a sensitive political issue in Britain given the country’s unemployment rate and several drawn- out, high-profile deportation sagas. Home Secretary Theresa May and Prime Minister David Cameron want to reduce net migration from non-European countries from 176,000 last year to fewer than 100,000 before the next election in 2015. Immigration Minister Mark Harper said Thursday the new bill will stop migrants using public services to which they are not entitled and reduce the factors which encourage people to come to the U.K. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Britain There are no laws restricting the use of Muslim veils. But a London judge this week ordered a defendant on trial for witness intimidation to remove her niqab when testifying, so that he and the jury could see her as she answered questions. Judge Peter Murphy also called on the government to draft a law making it illegal for witnesses to cover their faces in court. A Muslim woman and girl sit in the shade in Burgess Park during an Eid celebration fun fair on August 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) France In April 2011, France became the first European nation to ban the public use of veils, both face-covering niqabs and full-body burqas. A 2004 law also bans Muslim hijab headscarves and other prominent religious symbols from being worn in state schools, but does not apply in universities. A police woman carries out an identity check of a ‘wife’ wearing a full-face veil of French owner of a chain of butchers and grocery shops, Lies Hebbadj (C), outside the court of justice where she was to appear because she violated France’s niqab ban, on November 21, 2011 in the French western city of Nantes. (FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images) Belgium Belgium followed France in banning the wearing of niqabs and burqas in public in July 2011. Stephanie Djato, a woman who was arrested yesterday for wearing a niqab and assaulting a police officer, in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (Molenbeek-Saint-Jean), and a spokesman for the radical Islamist organization ‘Sharia4Belgium’ show a Niqab veil during a press conference, in Brussels, on June 1, 2012. (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images) Italy Since the 1970s Italian law has forbidden the covering of the face in public.
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RELATED LONDON: Legal action by a group representing Indian-origin doctors in Britain, who allege a bias in the medical practitioner’s exam in the country, will come up for hearing later this week. The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) will be at the High Court on Friday in a bid to widen the scope of its judicial review into the fairness of the clinical skills assessment (CSA) element of the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) exams, which every trainee doctor has to clear to qualify as a medical practitioner. BAPIO, which had raised concerns over consistently high failures rates among black and minority ethnic (BME) trainees for years, hopes to widen its legal case to cover the role of the General Medical Council (GMC) as it regulates medical education and training in the UK. The hearing comes in the wake of a recently released report by a leading academic and GP, Professor Aneez Esmail, who concluded that he could not “confidently exclude bias from the examiners in the way that they assess non-white candidates”. “We believe the judicial review will be successful. This report will assist us because it has confirmed the facts and the facts are that there are disproportionate pass rates for ethnic minority doctors. We want fairness and equal treatment,” said BAPIO president Dr Ramesh Mehta . The group’s legal fees have already hit an estimated 50,000 pounds but it has refused to back down over the issue. It predicts the fees could reach 200,000 pounds but is hopeful the final judicial review case will be concluded by the end of this year. The failure rate for first CSA attempts was found to be 4.5 per cent for white UK candidates and 17.1 per cent for black and minority ethnic (BME) trainees. For international medical graduates, including Indians, the failure rate is 47.7 per cent for white candidates and for 65.2 per cent for BMEs. “My report clearly stated that there were problems. It identified major differences in outcome between British- trained ethnic minority graduates and white graduates, and also showed big differences between international graduates and British graduates,” said Professor Esmail, in reference to a report released in the ‘British Medical Journal’ quoting his ‘Independent Review of the MRCGP’ for the GMC. A RCGP statement said: “We take equality and diversity issues very seriously and strongly refute any allegations that the MRCGP exam is discriminatory.
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