UK to test EU doctors for English language skills
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 21:10
London: Doctors trained in the European Union, who were so far exempted from taking the English language test, will now be required to clear it before starting their practice in the UK.

Indian doctors seeking to train and work in the National Health Service (NHS) are already required to pass the language test before they qualify to practise here.

The NHS has now decided to introduce mandatory language tests for doctors moving to Britain after training elsewhere in the EU.

The move came as some EU doctors with poor grasp of English, who were working in the NHS, could not diagnose patients correctly, leading to wrong diagnosis and grave consequences for British patients.

At present, only doctors from outside the European Union are routinely scrutinised for their language skills before being registered by the General Medical Council, the regulatory body.

Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary, has announced measures requiring doctors trained in the European Union to also compulsorily undergo English language tests before they can practice in Britain.

A spokesman of the General Medical Council (GMC) saidtoday that the new announcement by Lansley was designed to make the English language test compulsory for EU doctors, as is the case for India and other foreign doctors.


First Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 21:10

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