An argument to go back to video submission of real patient consultations
He saw a glimpse of hope after we contacted BAPIO. Just knowing that people are fighting for this made us feel better. We are most grateful to BAPIO and even if we don't win anything with the RCGP, we had the opportunity to meet people like you fighting for justice and that is enough.
As you know my husband is a broken man and our lives are ruined in every aspect. With no confidence or hope, he cannot build up his life here again in this country. He is considering going back home and living with no discrimination like this. I can't wait to see my husband back the way he was- a person with dignity.
Doctors worldwide unite in solidarity over this injustice to young doctors.
NHS Consultant appeal to donate:
Our friends and colleagues need help. They have been struggling against this exam, spending tens of thousands of pounds on exams and courses, and being kicked out of training with no qualifications. All this despite having no patient concerns, no serious untoward incidents, satisfactory WPBAs and PSQs.
The exam is marked subjectively and based heavily in favour of 'perception' of actors and/or examiners.
This remains the only exam where candidates have been referred to the GMC for 'safety reasons', while dealing with non-patients! I could go on, but that is not the real issue.
The issue is that we need to focus on raising funds to take the RCGP to court, and let the law of the land decide on the future of our colleagues.
I am not a GP, all the same I have made a small contribution of £200 today to the BAPIO CSA Fund.
Please think of it as a small, but very valuable contribution to a just cause and give our colleagues a chance to fight for their careers and against perceived injustice.
They need our help, now is a time to give generously, whatever you can afford to help in this cause.
Make your transfers to BAPIO, reference CSA, Account number: 00066608, Sort Code: 30-90-66
Please show your support on this if you can contribute.'
Doctors and members of the public worldwide respond to BAPIO's appeal for donations http://www.bapio.co.uk/justice-for-gp-trainees for their legal challenge as they take the RCGP to the High Court for judicial review of the CSA exam.
NHS Psychiatrist: 'I am a psychiatrist, and I have just transferred £100 to the BAPIO account for the CSA Battle. I feel we all should contribute as its a battle against the system. Thank you.'
NHS Consultant Paediatrician: 'I will be contributing £500 to the fight and will send the money today even though I am not affected by this at all. It really saddens me that so many IMGs are affected.'
NHS Consultant GI Surgeon: 'I contributed £100. If South Asian doctors are not failing similarly in FRCS examinations, why should they fail in MRCGP?'
GP in the UK 'I have transferred £400 today. My total contribution £1700 since the issue started last year. Thank you everyone in the BAPIO CSA team.'
GP in Australia: 'I have just now transferred 1000.00 Aus $ ( roughly 600 Pounds ) to Bapio's Account. It should take couple of days to reach UK. Kindly confirm once you get the fund. I will also try to convince my friends & colleagues in Australia to contribute. I have friends in other specialities in the UK who may be able to contribute.'
Another GP in Australia has donated by international bank transfer: 'Done.'
Female Black GP: 'Have donated now.'
GP in Manchester and CCG lead: 'I will donate tonight and will ask my friends to do so.'
Another Manchester GP writes: 'Have made a donation of £100 to this good cause...will be following the case.'
Newly qualified female GP in London: 'done. Satyamev Jayate. Truth shall win.'
Newly qualified local UK graduate GP: 'Just donated £50.'
Newly qualified Asian GP: 'I will contribute another 500 pounds. I felt the same injustice as you are all facing. Don't lose hope friends; we have a strong case here. Good luck.'
Expelled GP trainee: 'I have transferred £500 today and will transfer another £500 in the 1st week of Jan. I have also contacted my friends who are software engineers to contribute. Hope we reach the target soon.'
Expelled GP trainee and her husband: 'Just letting you know that I have transferred £500.00 from my account. I am also spreading the word amongst my friends and colleagues.'
A GP writes, 'Dear Friends, please welcome Dr TA, a practicing GP. He has contributed £250 to this cause; Dr KM, a practicing GP. He has contributed £800 to date; Dr Chris W, a practicing GP, who is passionate about the cause and has pledged money to this cause.'
A GP writes, 'I am a GP and feel this issue quite close to my heart. I have made a small contribution of £200 towards the funds.'
A GP ST3 trainee writes, 'Just to let you know I have transferred £250 towards the cause of this legal battle.'
A Malaysian UK grad GP ST3 trainee writes, 'I have just put £100 towards the cause.'
Asian male GP Trainee: 'I have contributed £200. My non-GP friends have come forward to donate. I will make sure I contribute £1000 through friends and family. Hats off to all our seniors for standing up for us.'
Member of the public: 'I have wired £200 today as a member of the public and for fairness and justice.'
A GP writes, 'I have donated £500 and pledge £100 each month.'
A salaried female GP writes, 'I have transferred £500 to the BAPIO account. Hope we get justice.'
A big-hearted GP trainee donates on Xmas Day, 'I have just contributed £500 to the CSA campaign. I shall also forward the details to friends of mine in other GP training schemes in the UK.'
The Society of Emergency Medicine India: 'planning to send some funds soon for this challenge.'
The President of BAPIO has sent a letter to the Chief Executive of UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission.
International News Pakistan
The British Pakistani Doctors Forum (inaugurated as the All British Pakistani Physicians Association) express a wish to work with BAPIO to challenge the CSA exam.
British Medical Association Deputy Chair and Retired GP Kailash Chand OBE has helped the BMA GP Trainee Subcommittee draft a response to the RCGP on behalf of all the complaints they have received from GP trainees over the CSA exam. The BMA GP Trainee Subcommittee is composed 1/3 of IMGs (International Medical Graduates). http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/practice-business/practice-topics/education/bma-wades-into-row-over-mrcgp-failure-rates-for-international-medical-graduates/20001441.article
18 GP Trainers sign a letter to the RCGP of their concerns over CSA failing high numbers of International Medical Graduates 'it is of concern that the significant differences in the success rates of this examination appears to be based on ethnicity, and it has to be acknowledged that this puts pressure not just on the candidates but also on their families.'
On January 10, 2013, BAPIO, BIDA and BPDF issued a joint public statement.
'BAPIO, BPDF and BIDA would like to confirm that the progress towards the Judicial Review (JR) is progressing well.
As previously indicated we are also pursuing redress through the Employment Tribunal (ET) route and this will be offered to all affected trainees who are part of the JR group action on a `no-win, no-fee' basis. We have already acquired the services of the most respected QC in the country to advise us on both these matters.
In addition we have received communication from the GMC that it has sought data from the RCGP in order to begin its own investigation into the conduct of the CSA.
We are also in contact with the EHRC to seek their advice on this issue.
All this time we are in constant dialogue with the RCGP to ensure we can achieve justice for our trainees in a constructive manner, but if this were not to be fruitful we will be ready to take this matter to its justified conclusion. We are determined to leave no stone unturned and no avenue unexplored in this quest.
Please follow our website and Indi_go for further details and updates.
Ramesh Mehta, BAPIO
M Akmal, BPDF
Dr S Sarkar, BIDA'
If this one assessment tool, the CSA, continues to cull large numbers of IMG GP trainees as they complete a 3-year GP training programme, I predict a national shortage of NHS GPs in this country which may impact heavily on NHS patient access and care as many areas of Great Britain have a shortage of home-bred GPs!