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Language tests for EU doctors set to start in June in UK

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1809 (Published 27 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1809
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

The General Medical Council has announced that it will be able to test the English language competence of doctors from other European Union countries from June this year.

The Department of Health in England confirmed in January that it would implement a UK-wide plan to allow the GMC to begin the tests.1

After a public consultation the regulator announced that it would require doctors from other European Union countries to provide evidence of their English skills or to undergo a language assessment if it had concerns about their ability to communicate effectively.2 The GMC said that it expected to introduce the checks in June, subject to the legislative process.

At the same time …

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