French test threatens foreign doctors

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1502

Only a quarter of the 8000 doctors who practise in France with a foreign diploma will be authorised to take aptitude tests this month to continue working. Foreign doctors who fail the tests, as well as those who have not been authorised to take them, will have to stop practising by 1999.

A majority of the so called “foreign doctors” in France are in fact French nationals but gained their medical degrees in countries other than France or one of the European Union member states. About 4200 doctors have …

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