BMA inquiry into sexual harassment claims gets underway


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The BMA has appointed Daphne Romney QC to lead the promised independent investigation into allegations of sexism and sexual harassment within the BMA.

The investigation follows an online discussion on GPonline in April in which senior GPs spoke out about a "sexist culture" in the BMA’s GP committee. One woman on the committee felt unable to attend events away from home without a family member to accompany her after being propositioned by a male colleague. Another doctor said a male colleague had sent her a naked photograph of himself.

Once the claims were made public, the BMA said it would launch a full external investigation into the matter. It is expected that the investigation will run across the summer, with final recommendations due later in the year.

Ms Romney is recognised as a leading expert in employment law, most notably discrimination, protected disclosures, and victimisation. She was a member of the panel of the Fawcett Society Review of Sex Discrimination Laws.

In a letter to BMA members and staff, she said she will conduct her investigation with complete impartiality. 

She said: “I am absolutely committed to a fair, thorough, and independent investigation. I would not have agreed to conduct this investigation had I been asked or expected to deliver any pre-ordained outcome, and you can be confident that I will reach my own conclusions and recommend any appropriate step to be taken.”

BMA members and staff wishing to contact the investigation can email Ms Romney in confidence directly at Cloisters Chambers at [email protected].