Medicine in the UK

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Advisory Group

The General Medical Council (GMC) has initiated an Advisory Group to look at Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues.

This a formal advisory group to which organisations are invited to become members, and is separate from the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Doctors’ Forum, which is an independent body, chaired by Lord Singh, which the executive chair, Prof David Katz, attends along with several others all in their personal capacities.

The GMC Chief Executive wrote to the Jewish Medical Association UK in August 2019, saying that he “want to ensure that we hear more from the profession, and in particular the voices and experiences of diverse groups of doctors across UK healthcare”. He said that the GMC is “aware that there are many equality, diversity and inclusion issues that affect the medical workforce more widely, and we want to work together doctors’ organisations to collectively discuss their different experiences. We believe that creating the opportunity to speak and listen together will help us support professionals to maintain and improve standards of good medical practice. We are committed to a long-term relationship with this new forum and would enormously value your organisation’s contribution”.

After consultation with past London Presidents, Patrons and the Executive, the Association has agreed to become a member of the Advisory Group. The first meeting will take place on 7th November 2019.