The BMA has confirmed that there will be an immediate independent investigation into the allegations of sexism and sexual harassment made by several female members of the BMA GPs committee.
The investigation comes just days after GPonline coverage of senior GPs speaking out over a "sexist culture" in the General Practitioners Committee. GPonline reported that one woman on committee feels 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.
Making the announcement, BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul said he was “appalled” by the treatment described by colleagues and offered “heartfelt apologies” on behalf of the association.
“Let me be clear,” Dr Nagpaul said, “sexist, disrespectful, discriminatory and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated in this association and must be stamped out.”
“Abusive behaviour has no place in the BMA and I recognise the courage that it takes to come forward with such allegations and so I thank them for that,” he said.
Dr Nagpaul added: “As chair of council I have been clear that the BMA must become a modern, progressive organisation, reflecting the best of society in the 21st century; all members should have equal opportunity to contribute and progress and must be respected without being subject to any degrading experience based on their gender, race, sexuality, age or any other characteristic.”