Medical Board Blues
Posted: 7 Nov 2018
Date Written: October 12, 2018
The Texas Medical Board stands to “safeguard the public through professional accountability.” However, what if a majority of the complaints against physicians only exist because of the physician’s race? The General Medical Council (GMC) of the United Kingdom is currently investigating such a claim. The GMC has stated a “persistent ‘overrepresentation’ of complaints against black and other ethnic minority (BME) doctors in recent years. “Between 2010 and 2016 the regulator received a complaint against 8.8 per cent of all white doctors, compared to 10.2 against those from a BME background.” What if something similar is occurring in Texas? What if minority doctors are in fact facing more complaints? And what if, once before the medical board, those minority doctors receive harsher discipline similar to that of minorities in the criminal justice system?
Section I of this article examines the history and the enforcement procedures of the Texas Medical Board. Section II of the article examines the enforcement statistics provided by the Texas Medical Board. Section III compares and contrasts the relationships between enforcement actions taken against minority doctors and those of their peers. Section IV compares and contrasts the results from Section IV with those from the criminal justice system. Section V provides recommendations for improvement.
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