GMC wins right to discriminate against disabled student
- By: Anna Ellis
A young disabled student has lost the right to take the General Medical Council to an employment tribunal, following their decision that the learning outcomes required of doctors at the point of graduation could not be modified for individual students.
In December 2000 Heidi Cox initially won the right to pursue a case against the GMC under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The GMC appealed that decision and won last week, on the grounds that it is not a trade organisation but a qualifying body and therefore exempt from the act.
Heidi Cox, who is 28 and a wheelchair user, won a place to study medicine at Oxford University in 1999, on a course adapted for her needs. The GMC, however, told Oxford that it could not approve a specially adapted course that would result in the achievement of a lesser degree of skill and knowledge.
Ms Cox had to