Responsible officers could test language skills of EU doctors

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 23 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2923
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Responsible officers in England could be given the power to test the language skills of doctors from other countries of the European Union to ensure that they can speak English to an appropriate level.

The Department of Health has proposed that responsible officers be given legal powers to ensure that doctors seeking to work in their organisation meet certain minimum criteria that guarantee their competence to work in the NHS, including language competence and a reasonable understanding of NHS processes and treatments.

The department’s consultation on regulations governing the role of responsible officers will also seek views on where the officers will work when primary care trusts and strategic …

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