The old standby of “blame whitey” has been used to try and explain the fact that nonwhites make up the majority of practicing doctors in Britain struck off for malpractice.
According to a news report, a Dr. Umesh Prahbu, who is national vice-chairman of the “British International Doctors Association,” (but who is an Indian, said he knew the reason why nonwhite doctors were more likely to be struck off:
“The NHS is known for having problems with discrimination and racism and I think this is part of it,” Dr. Prahbu said.
He was quoted by the controlled media as a damage control after new figures from the General Medical Council (GMC) revealed that the vast majority of doctors in the UK who have been struck off for malpractice were “trained abroad”—and specifically in India, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan and Iraq.
The GMC figures showed that “doctors trained overseas” are five times more likely to be struck off than those trained in the UK, and the country with the biggest single number of doctors who have been removed or suspended from the medical register, is India, followed by Nigeria and Egypt.
The GMC said that in total, 669 doctors have been either struck off or suspended over the last five years. Of those, only 249 were British (37 percent) while 420 (63 percent) were trained abroad—whereas one-third of doctors on the register were trained abroad, and two-thirds in Britain.
Of the 39 doctors struck off by the General Medical Council this year, 29 were trained outside the UK—75 percent of the total—whereas in 2009, 41 of a total of 67 doctors struck off came from overseas, 61 percent of the total.
The figures show that India has the highest number of doctors who have been suspended or struck off the register with 123. Nigeria and Egypt also fare badly, each with 33 doctors subject to the measures since 2008. Eastern European countries account for 27 such cases.
When the number of doctors disciplined is compared with the total number working in Britain from each country, the highest proportion of those who have been struck off or suspended come from Cameroon.
According to GMC figures, there are around 253,000 doctors on the medical register. Around 92,000 were trained abroad, an increase of around 2,000 over the past year. Of those, more than 25,000 were trained in Europe and around 67,000 were trained in other countries.
In 2010, graduates from seven medical schools from Nigeria were banned from seeking work in the UK, because of alarm over falling standards of training, while corruption in medicine remains common in India, most often in the form of bribes to gain access to treatment.
The effect of these Third World-origin doctors in the provision of medical services has also been devastating to standards of hygiene and patient care. According to a new report just out, Care Quality Commission (CQC) health regulator inspectors “uncovered a catalogue of failings at some GP practices, with medicines stored in a way that puts children and patients at risk of infection and rooms so dirty they had maggots.”
The areas named in the CQC report—Birmingham and Leeds in particular—are well-known concentrations of Third World immigrants.
According to the CQC report, a third of surgeries (34 percent) failed to meet at least one of the required standards on good practice and protecting patients.
In nine practices “there were very serious failings that could potentially affect thousands of people”, the CQC said, and in 90 practices follow-up inspections had to be ordered to ensure improvements were made.
Some GPs left private medical files lying around, had medicines that were out of date, filthy treatment rooms and employed staff who had not undergone criminal record checks.
In one of the better-performing practices, inspectors found maggots and dirty conditions, while in another, consulting rooms had no doors and people could hear what was being said to the GP.
In some surgeries, emergency drugs were out of date and fridges were not always checked to ensure they were at the right temperature.
At Dale Surgery in Sneinton in Nottinghamshire, inspectors found maggots and other insects, as well as dust and cobwebs.
Significantly, the controlled media quoted a Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who is chairman of the “British Medical Association’s” general practice committee, as saying that “while most patients receive high-quality care from their GP, we need to understand where and why shortcomings in a small number of practices exist, and the BMA is committed to working with the chief inspector to improve standards.”