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UK spread the myth that doctors’ language skills may not be tested, says EU commissioner

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e589 (Published 23 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e589
  1. Clare Dyer
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Michel Barnier, the European Union commissioner responsible for the internal market, has criticised the United Kingdom for perpetuating the “myth” that EU rules are endangering British citizens by banning language tests for doctors from other European countries who come to practise in the UK.

The 2005 EU directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications provides for doctors and other professionals from the European Economic Area to have their qualifications automatically recognised in any other member state. Regulators such as the UK General Medical …

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