GMC is to get legal power to check English skills of European doctors

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 26 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1297
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1BMJ Careers

The General Medical Council will be given legal power to check the English language skills of doctors from other European countries who seek to practise in the United Kingdom, the government has said.

A public consultation will be held in summer 2013 on amendments to the 1983 Medical Act that would strengthen the GMC’s power to check doctors’ language skills.1 A consultation on the role of responsible officers is likely to give employers more powers.

Doctors from outside the European Union must pass language and clinical skills tests before being granted a licence to practise in the UK. EU legislation prevents the GMC from testing the language …

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