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MPs back calls for tighter checks on European doctors

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1939
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    MPs have called for changes in the checks that the General Medical Council can make on locum doctors working in the United Kingdom, after the death of Cambridge patient, David Gray, who was attended by a German locum in 2008.

    The cross party health select committee has also recommended more stringent controls in the vetting system used by primary care trusts for all out of hours doctors.

    The report says Mr Gray’s death has exposed major flaws in the way UK authorities are unable to check on the medical knowledge and English language skills of doctors from the European Economic Area.

    Mr Gray died in 2008 after Daniel Ubani, a German citizen working his first UK shift as a GP locum, injected Mr Gray with 10 times the recommended maximum dose of diamorphine (BMJ 2010;340:c550, doi:10.1136/bmj.c550).

    Kevin Barron MP, chair …

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