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Breaking down barriers for refugee doctors

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 09 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:633

Doctors can qualify in the United Kingdom

  1. Roger Parker, master apothecary
  1. Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, London EC4V 6EJ
  2. Department of General Practice and Primary Care, St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London E1 4NS
  3. Jewish Council for Racial Equality, West London Synagogue of British Jews, London W1H 5AU

    EDITOR—Adams and Borman were right to draw attention to the need for the medical profession to help refugee doctors.1 The United Examining Board does provide a method for these doctors to qualify in the United Kingdom and to be registered with the General Medical Council. It replaced three examinations—the conjoint examination run by the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and Surgeons of England, the Scottish triple examinations run by the three Scottish royal colleges, and the licence of the Society of Apothecaries of London. Before candidates can sit these examinations they have to undergo a period of training and assessment in a British university.

    Adams and Borman say that a mechanism needs to be …

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