The British Medical Association has made a recommendation to the General Medical Council to make fitness to practice investigations anonymous up to the stage when individual intervention is required. The BMA reports that black and minority ethnic (BME) doctors are more likely to be reported to the GMC and tend to receive tougher sanctions. The GMC is currently carrying out a review of the number of complaints received from employers about BME doctors. Previous audits have indicated that ethnicity does not have an effect on the handling of complaints. The concerns raised by the BMA will be considered during the current review.