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New GMC guidance on diversity published

The GMC has launched an online guide giving information to doctors about diversity and equality issues.

OnMedica Editorial

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

The GMC has launched an online guide giving information to doctors about diversity and equality issues. The guide has been developed to highlight best practice and provide information on current legislation. It features definitions, practical tips, key website links, links to relevant case studies and where, appropriate, has quoted from relevant GMC guidance. This easy to use practical guidance is designed to give doctors information, which help them to work with patients and to be good employers.

The resources guide covers the following topics:

  • Diversity and Equal Opportunities
  • General Principles of Anti -Discrimination legislation
  • Age Discrimination
  • Beliefs/Religion
  • Disability
  • Race Equality Issues
  • Gender Issues
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Human Rights issues
  • Effective communications
  • Employment relation's issues
  • Working with colleagues

Dr Edwin Borman, Chairman of the Committee for Diversity and Equality at the GMC said, " It is important for doctors to be aware of diversity and equality issues that may arise in the work place. This helpful guidance provides practical information for doctors and others to ensure all groups have equal access to shaping health care in our diverse society."

The guidance supports the GMC's work on diversity including the 'Diversity for Doctors: towards solutions to the major equality and diversity challenges faced by doctors' conference on 28 March at BMA house where Dr Borman will be speaking and participating in panel discussion. The key themes to be discussed at this conference will be, bullying, harassment, whistle-blowing, work life balance, stress, ill health, refugee doctors and international medical graduates (IMG's). An expert panel will help shape some specific recommendations to take forward from the event.

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