Update: statement on tribunal of Dr Manjula Arora

Following recent discussions and feedback, the General Medical Council’s Chief Executive has determined that the regulator should review this case to see whether there are lessons to be learnt for future cases.

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council, said:

‘I hear the strong views being expressed about this case, and it is absolutely right that our decisions are open to scrutiny. As a regulator we are not complacent and always believe that there is room to improve the way that we carry out our duties. 

‘Accordingly, I have asked for a review of this case to understand whether there are lessons to learn and apply for future cases.

‘I know too that it has prompted discussion about our work to eliminate disproportionate referrals and to ensure fairness in our own processes.

‘I am wholeheartedly committed to tackling discrimination in medicine and ensuring that we constantly seek ways to improve our own processes. It is important that those conversations continue to happen, so that we can move forward and make progress together.’