Use Brexit to strengthen language tests for EU doctors, royal college says

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 17 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4545
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

The Royal College of Surgeons has called on the government to ensure that Brexit discussions permit the UK to strengthen language tests for doctors from the European Union (EU).

In a position statement, the college’s faculty of dental surgery (FDS) said that Britain’s decision to leave the EU created an opportunity for the government to strengthen the language tests that the General Medical Council (GMC) was allowed to apply to doctors from the European Economic Area (EEA).

“We would like to see the government ensure that any post-Brexit negotiations with the EU give the UK flexibility to test EEA applicants’ language skills in the same way as non-EEA applicants,” the FDS said.

The FDS said that data provided by the GMC following a Freedom of Information request showed that 29 doctors from the EEA …

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