a report released in the 'British Medical Journal' quoting his 'Independent Review of the MRCGP' for the GMC.
A RCGP statement said: "We take equality and diversity issues very seriously and strongly refute any allegations that the MRCGP exam is discriminatory.
"We are incurring legal costs in relation to this matter but our members should be reassured that, as a charity, we are only doing so to the extent appropriate and are keeping them under review."
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said: "We agree with Professor Esmail that there is no room for complacency. We want to work with him. We are duty bound to act where there is evidence of a problem. His report makes a powerful case for action.".