We are aware of the recently published decision by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) to suspend Dr Manjula Arora for one month. This decision, along with the GMC’s investigation and the decision by Dr Arora’s employer to refer the case to the GMC, has caused significant concern within the medical community. We have received correspondence from the British Medical Association (BMA), Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) and the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) about it.
The Authority will not comment on the substance of the decision at this stage. We have yet to complete our assessment of it under our Section 29 jurisdiction and would also not wish to affect any appeal that Dr Arora may bring.
We wish to understand more about the concerns in this case and the extent to which they may apply to other cases. We will be seeking further information from the GMC, in particular about the outcome of its review. We are also keen to receive further information from the BMA, DAUK, BAPIO and other interested stakeholders. This information will help inform the scope of any further work we undertake, as part of our performance review function, to understand how the GMC’s fitness to practise processes are operating, including the impact they are having on registrants from ethnic minorities and overseas-trained doctors.
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