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ARC - Call for probe into HPC hearings

The CSP should investigate if overseas-trained members are being discriminated against in Health Professions Council competency hearings, Conference agreed.

Delegates were told there was anecdotal evidence causing concern. Mel Stewart, for the black and minority ethnic network, said in recent years the number of CSP members facing complaints at fitness to practise hearings had ‘risen significantly’. There was no doubting the importance of the HPC’s role to protect the public, but she added: ‘The BME group is concerned there appears to be a disproportionate number of overseas-trained physios represented in these hearings.’ This should be investigated to identify any possible inequalities in the system and find out what factors might be contributing to this trend, Ms Stewart said. Further action might then be needed to help prevent cases from reaching the HPC in the first place. Ms Stewart said the BME group was well placed to offer information and advice. ‘We believe the CSP should be seen as a standard bearer of equality and diversity,’ she said. Motion 10 was carried on the conference floor (and also on iCSP)


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