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EU doctors to undergo English tests in UK

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Staff writer ▼ | June 26, 2014
Legislative changes that take effect from Wednesday authorise the General Medical Council (GMC) to compel EU doctors working in the UK to undergo English tests if concerns emerge about their ability to communicate in the language.
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UK doctorsLegislative changes that take effect from Wednesday authorise the General Medical Council (GMC) to compel EU doctors working in the UK to undergo English tests if concerns emerge about their ability to communicate in the language.


Should a doctor fail to provide adequate assurance that they are sufficiently competent, the GMC has the power to stop them from practising and refuse to grant them a license.

Previously, doctors from EU countries were not required to provide evidence that they could speak English when registering for a license to practice medicine in the UK, and the GMC was not allowed to request they undergo any assessments.

Local organisations were able to test language skills before adding doctors to performers lists, but this led to inconsistencies.


 

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