Overseas doctors coming to Britain need language test

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1354

All overseas doctors who want to do specialist training in the United Kingdom should be required to pass an English language test, says a government working party. It recommends that doctors should be able to take the test outside Britain and would have to pass it before taking a test of clinical competence.

The working party is one of three set up to consider the implications of Britain's new specialist training grade. Having uniform language and clinical tests would, argues the working party, ensure that all overseas doctors are treated equitably.

The three reports, issued last week …

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